Hardwood floor cleaning is simple and easy when using the proper cleaning supplies and procedures. For the purposes of this article, hardwood floor cleaning products will be outlined and discussed as well as other types of hardwood floor cleaning product types such as supplies and tools.

This discussion will cover the most popular categories of hardwood floor cleaning products with an emphasis on the best products to use in a residential home.

 As stated in prior articles, the use of quality floor cleaning products can and most of the time makes the difference in performance and the amount of time it takes to complete the cleaning task and as outlined in other articles, there are four key components of cleaning. These are critical to remember when cleaning and keys to successful floor cleaning but the Chemical principle will be the primary focus of this article.

  1. Time
  2. Agitation
  3. Chemical
  4. Temperature

Never clean any wood floor unless it has previously sealed with a quality polyurethane wood seal. Water will damage an unsealed wood floor.


Hardwood Floor Cleaning Products – Cleaning Types

  1. Dry Cleaning: This is a necessary first step in hardwood floor cleaning. Completing this step will provide easier and better wet cleaning with the additional benefit of reducing scratches to the hardwood floors protective seal.
    Hardwood Floor Cleaning Products: Dust Mops, Microfiber Mops and Brooms
    Used to remove loose debris from the floor and should be completed prior to any wet cleaning of the floor.  Microfiber dust moping is the best practice and is highly recommended over traditional cotton dust mops and brooms.
  2. Wet Cleaning: Most residential hardwood floor cleaning products are designed to be diluted with water and actually perform better when mixed with water than using them straight. Hardwood floor cleaning product provides the necessary chemical action to penetrate and suspend the attached soils on the floor. Thereby, allowing the suspended soil to be removed from the floor. 
    Hardwood Floor Cleaning Product – Product Categories
    This section discusses hardwood floor cleaning product categories for hardwood floors.

    • General Purpose or Neutral pH Floor Cleaners: These products usually do not leave a residue on the floor and requires no rinsing and have a ph of 7.0 to 10.0. The product is formulated to work safely on all hardwood floors providing the hardwood floor have been sealed with a quality polyurethane seal. Never apply a wet cleaning solution on an unsealed wood floor. These neutral cleaners employ particular surfactants to penetrate and suspend soils attached to the floor.
    • Steam Mop Cleaning: These types of hardwood floor cleaning products are a category by themselves and provide cleaning by the use of steam and a microfiber pad. They are effective and efficient and provide great results for the homeowner. Haan and Bissell Steam Mops have high ratings from Consumer Research and both do a great job of cleaning hardwood floors.
    • One Step Floor Cleaners: These are mainly used in the residential home and can be used to clean and leave a luster to the floor. A side effect of some of these types of products can over time and prolonged use leave a residue on the floor that looks dull and can actually attract soil to the floor. Swiffer and Bona are very popular one step cleaning products.

    Hardwood Floor Cleaning Product – Websites

    Swiffer Flat Mop

    Bona Flat Mop

    Bissell Steam Floor Mop

    Haan Steam Floor Mop

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