With more than 10 years of experience owning hardwood floors always shines. The best cleaning solutions for wooden floors I’ve ever used are white vinegar and warm water. The floors will shine!
Hardwood floors often need a little bit more care than tile, vinyl, or carpet floors so how to deep clean hardwood floors are questions of most wood floor owners.
Investing in a hardwood floor cleaner machine can be a good idea if you need to buff and polish hardwood floors that see a lot of foot traffic each day, but with the right equipment, you’ll have a clean and shiny floor to be proud of.
For years. When I used my microfiber mop for the first time, it quite literally stuck to the floor. It would not move. The Swiffer had left a layer of sticky, streaky nastiness all over my perfectly good wood floors. In addition to that, the previous homeowner had a little white dog that shed copious amounts of fur. The Swiffer had essentially glued all of that fur to the floor.
I used the vinegar solution in a spray bottle and my microfiber mop, to undo all the caked-on Swiffer solution and dog hair. It took about a week of daily treatments and elbow grease, but my persistence paid off. My floor is clean enough for my kids to skate on it in their socks any time they please!
How to deep clean hardwood floors?
Here are the 7 steps to start steam cleaning your hardwood floor Properly Without damaging it.
1. Sweeping: You can sweep floors as often as you like but just be certain to only use soft, fine bristle brooms.
2. Before you start steam cleaning, you must always vacuum first. Vacuuming is safe once or twice per week, but again, be certain that you are utilizing a good hardwood floor vacuum with all the proper attachments.
3. Dust mopping is incredibly safe and can be performed as often as you wish with a soft cloth dust mop. Dust mopping daily will also remove any allergens that may be present on the floors.
4. Use the rectangular floor tool provided with your steam cleaner and simply attach a thick microfiber cloth around it. The microfiber will insulate the steam, retain excess moisture and the high steam temperature will attract dirt like a magnet!
5. Set the steam cleaner at the low or medium steam pressure. The lower the pressure, the dryer the steam will be. The high pressure forms condensation, so don’t use the maximum pressure setting.
6. Slowly pass everywhere to sanitize, deep clean and revitalize your floors.
7. When the cloth is saturated with dirt, simply remove it and throw it in your washing machine.
If you want to learn how to clean your hardwood floors quick and easy, then we have the solution for you. This method also works on cleaning laminate and cleaning tile floors. All you need is a flat mop, a terry clothe/towel and a little water. This is how professionals clean the floors when on the job. There is no need for chemicals.
Hardwood floor cleaner machines type of market
Depending on the type of hardwood floor and how it’s been sealed, you might need to invest a bit more time and effort into maintaining it; but cleaning and buffing wood floors doesn’t have to be hard when you choose a machine that’s meant to be used on this type of surface. As a general rule, wooden floors don’t like too much water, so you’ll need to consider machines that use an alternative approach to clean your floor. The following are some types of hardwood floor cleaner machines.
Hardwood floor sweeper: Most hardwood floor sweeper machines can be used on hardwood floors, even if you need to use different brush heads. This is a simple way of making sure the floor stays free from dust and small pieces of rubbish, without being too hard on the finish of your floor.
Floor buffing machines : When it comes to hardwood floor polishing, a standard floor buffer machine can often be used, as long as you have the right accessories. Softer pads that are kinder to the floor surface, along with the type of polish that’s designed for wooden surfaces, will help your floor to look great and also minimize any damage.
Wood floor steam vacuum cleaners: If you’re in need of something that’s a little more effective at cleaning the grime and marks from your floor, but don’t want to damage the floors protective coating, a wood floor vacuum cleaners can provide you with a bit more cleaning power. When it’s used properly it can leave your floor looking as good as new, but because it uses steam and not water there’s less chance of any damage.
When it comes to choosing a hardwood floor cleaner machine, most providers will be able to give you all the help and advice you need. However, if you’ve only just started thinking about investing in the right type of equipment to clean your hardwood floors, one of the best places to start is the Internet, with plenty of hardwood floor cleaner reviews that will give you a much better idea of what you need and which models might be right for you.
Is it safe to steam clean hardwood floors?
Yes, using steam mop on hardwood floors is an excellent way to sanitize them and it poses no problems to the wood surface and Bissell Steam Mops, including the Symphony Vacuum and Steam Mop, are designed to clean hard flooring such as ceramic tile, vinyl, laminate, marble, stone, and hardwood floors. Steam is not recommended for use on unsealed wood flooring. Before cleaning, we always suggest that you test in an inconspicuous area and mind the instructions from your flooring manufacturer. “I’ve always heard that water isn’t good for my hardwood floors”.
The nice thing about Symphony is that you control the amount of steam or moisture that is put down on your floors. First, you have ability to select low or high steam outputs. We recommend the low steam for use on sealed hardwood floors. Second, as you’re cleaning, steam isn’t released until you activate the trigger which will release for continuous or on demand steam. “How do I know if my wood floors are sealed?” A quick test can be done to determine if your floors are sealed or not. Place a drop of water on the floor in an inconspicuous place. If the drop beads up and sits on the surface of the wood, the wood is likely to be sealed. If it is absorbed into the floor and leaves a spot, the floors are not sealed or the sealant has worn out.
The best way to know if your flooring is sealed is to contact your flooring manufacturer directly. “How wet will my floors get when I clean with the Symphony or Steam Mop?” What we hear from consumers who have switched from using mop and bucket to Symphony is that their floors do not get as wet.
Is vinegar safe on hardwood floors?
Yes, With over 30 years of experience cleaning hardwood floors we found the best to use is white vinegar in some warm water. To a bucket of water add one to two cups of white vinegar. Wring the mop almost dry and mop. Do not wet wood floors they will warp. A flooring expert told us never use soap of any kind on wood floors including Murphy’s oil soap as it will cause streaks and over time ruin the floors.
Most wood floors can be kept clean by first sweeping or vacuuming with a floor nozzle to remove most of the surface dust and dirt, then damp mopping with clear water dip a sponge in clear water, squeezing it out so that the mop is barely damp, almost dry. Use very little water and rinse your mop thoroughly after each use since excess water can dissolve protective coatings, alter the color of the wood and raise the grain to roughen the surface.
If your floors are not dirty enough to need mopping every week, then you should not do it, as it will wear the floors faster, not to mention waste your time. Simply sweeping is often all they need.
If need to restore the shine to your wood floor after you get it clean, try damp mopping it with 1/2 cup vinegar and 2 tablespoons furniture polish in a gallon of warm water. Vinegar is also useful for removing any soap residue or build-up, but should not be necessary every week.
Besides tea is a wonderful cleaner for wood because of the tannic acid. Brew 1 quart of boiling water with 1 or 2 tea bags. Let it come to room temperature. Wring out a soft cloth to just damp and wash floor, keeping the rag clean. Do not over- wet floor. This will clean the floor and cover any imperfections. Buff with a soft cloth if desired.
How do you take care of hardwood floors?
Don’t damage them in the first place. That means having rugs at entrances and removing shoes before leaving the doorway.
Sweep regularly. Solid bits of chaff strewn about the room are what gets dug into the floor and results in scratches.
If something gets spilled, clean it up immediately & concentrate on cleaning between the boards if it gets through. If something spills & gets baked on (e.g., honey, melted wax, soda, etc.), then break out a liquid solution to clean up that spill alone. And then dry the surface. Keep in mind that wood is hygroscopic. DO NOT use steam cleaners on a wood floor!
What others are looking for..
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Looking for a high speed buffer for buffing hardwood floors.