- Mop the floor using the solution, going with the grain. For particularly stubborn areas, dip a cloth in neat floor cleaning solution and work the area at close quarters.
- Then go over the entire surface again with clean water in order to rinse, ensuring that no excess water or solution is left.
- Finally, leave the floor to dry naturally.
How to Clean Solid Wood Floors Without a Protective Coating
- If you’re wondering how to clean real wooden floors that have either a lacquered coating or no coating at all, the answer is to simply use clean water, or distilled water, with no products added.
- Mop the surface, but using as little water as possible – as a rule of thumb, the mop should be damp but entirely wrung out before being applied to the flooring.
- Particularly dirty areas can still be treated, but apply a neutral spray before working on it with a cloth.
- There should be no need to dry the surface if you use the right amount of water (very little), but if you are unsure, use a dry cloth to do so, following the grain.
Final Tips for Hardwood Floor Cleaning
When cleaning wooden floors for the first time, it is advisable to test your product and method on a small area in an unobtrusive part of the room, so that should any damage be caused, it will affect only a small part, and it will not be easily visible.
Be aware, when cleaning wood floors with a protective coating, that substantial treatment with water can still, in excess, cause the wood to warp. So even in those cases, try to use the water sparingly.
Now that you know how to clean your wood floors properly, you can keep them looking as handsome as ever over the years. Enjoy your beautiful home!