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The Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors

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Keeping hardwood floors clean is easier than you think. Learn easy ways to clean hardwood floors in this article!

Clean hardwood floors with the Bona Mop

Getting to know your new home is like a learning process. Spaces, materials, and flows can vary greatly from home to home, so it can take time to come up with new systems and figure out what works best for you.

One thing I knew I had to learn when I moved into my new home just six months ago was how best to care for my hardwood floors.

Living room and kitchen with dark hardwood floors

With hardwood throughout the first floor, stairs and upstairs hallways, there is a lot! Donny is the “researcher” in our home, so he tried to find out the best way to clean the hardwood floors. where he…

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Hardwood floors look beautiful, but it’s no secret that they are difficult to keep clean. We installed some really cheap IKEA laminate wood flooring in our old house. The floor is very durable and not particularly glossy, so it never looked dirty.

When Abby and I chose flooring for our new home, we considered many hardwood and laminate options. I mostly went the laminate or engineered floor route because flooring has a lower gloss and tends to hide stains better.

But in the end I chose real wood for the flooring. I like the look and the color, but the finish is very glossy and tends to show dirt and stains. Keeping it clean has never been easier.

Glossy hardwood floor in dining room

I knew I needed a really easy way to keep my floors clean, day after day, week after week. Bringing out the mop and bucket every week didn’t seem likely.

After talking to some people and looking online, here’s the process I came up with. All in all, it works very well and is easy to maintain.

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daily (or as needed)

For visible crumbs, hair, or dirt, cordless sweeper Spot clean floors daily or as needed. Cordless vacuums aren’t the most powerful vacuums, but they make up for in their lightness and ease of use. We keep our batteries charged all the time, and when we notice a lot of visible dirt or crumbs, we pull our little sweeper out of the closet.

Abby vacuuming the floor

The way the cordless sweeper is designed makes it super lightweight and super agile. You can easily place it next to your kitchen cabinets or kitchen island. It’s also easy to tuck under the front of your refrigerator or other appliance.

Again, the rotating brush doesn’t pick up everything, but it works pretty well.

  • It is best to sweep or vacuum the floor regularly. Any remaining debris (dirt, sand, etc.) will make scratches more noticeable over time. This can occur on hardwood laminate flooring regardless of grade.
  • Add rugs to protect high-traffic areas from abrasion.
  • Wipe up spills as soon as possible and avoid pooling liquids (this includes cleaning solutions and plain water).
  • If you have pets in your home, keep their nails trimmed to protect your hardwood floors.

every week

Once a week, Bona Hardwood Floor Spray Mop with them hardwood floor cleanerThis is much better than using a mop and bucket. Attach the mop pad to the bottom of the spray mop and use the trigger on the mop handle to spray the floor while cleaning.

Abby mopping the hardwood floor

Benefits of Bona Floor Cleaner

  • It really is a residue free solution!
  • No need to mix, use straight from the bottle.
  • Bona You don’t even need a special mop, technically, as you’ll find the same cleaner in a spray bottle.
  • Your floor will be shiny and dry in no time!

At first, I was worried that the floor cleaner would eventually leave residue and haze on my hardwood floors. Our hardwood floors are as shiny and new as they were the day we moved in.

There it is! Here’s a super easy way to keep your hardwood floors clean. For us, this process was easy to maintain and easy to incorporate into our daily lives. This is important for a busy family like ours. We love being able to enjoy our new floors and home and keep it in great shape without the fuss.

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