The Best Hardwood Floor Cleaners

While you can repair a damaged hardwood floor in a number of ways, it’s much better for your budget to avoid the damage altogether. The simplest way you can prevent surface damage to your floor is to clean it regularly. Getting in the habit of cleaning hardwood floors will keep them in good condition and protect the integrity of the finish that protects it.

The simple reason that cleaning helps protect your floors is that it removes dirt and debris that can cause damage. All of the people walking over your floors will track all kinds of dust and grime onto them. This micro-debris will scrape and grind against the wood when someone or something moves accross floor. In addition to rough debris, spills can also damage the finish because acidity in certain materials will eat away at the finish over time.

Cleaning your hardwood floors regularly will reduce the amount of debris that can build up and in doing so reduce the amount of damage done to the floro this way. However, there are a number of products that can be used to clean hardwood surface. Which is the right hardwood cleaner for your needs? As Philadelphia’s hardwood flooring experts, the team at Artisan Wood Floors will give you a quick rundown of some quality options to clean your hardwood floors, so you know what product may work best for you.

Best Hardwood Cleaners

While any article like this is going to be a bit subjective, there are a number of criteria we use to decide the quality of a hardwood floor product. Whether a cleaning product is the best for you is going to depend on your specific circumstances, but there are few qualities that make these floor cleaners great for most everybody.

When we look at a hardwood cleaning product we want a few things:

  • We want it to be free of residue: you don’t want to take the time to clean the floor, only to have the beautiful wood marred by cloudy streaks
  • We want it to be gentle: in most cases, the type of cleaning you want to do should not put the integrity of the floor and its seal at risk
  • It has to be effective: the product needs to be able to tackle a range of different debris on the floor, from dust to sticky substances and grime
  • It has to be safe: not only do children and pets play on floors, but what you put on your floors while eventually get into the air and be breathed by everybody, so the product you use in your home has to be safe for regular use

1. Murphy Oil Soap

Murphy Oil soap is a classic and low cost wood cleaner that has been on the market for over 100 years. It’s a vegetable oil based concentrate that can be mixed with water and applied safely to your floor, as well as a number of different surfaces.


2. Natural Solutions

We love natural cleaning products for everyday cleanings because they’re easier on floors, safer for those in the house, and better for the environment. Products containing ingredients like soapbark and lemon are gentle, but still effective at cleaning dirt and grime. A DIY option is to make a concentration of vinegar and water yourself. You’ll want to use 1 part vinegar to 16 parts water. Vinegar solutions work well because the acidity is strong enough to break up grease without damaging the floor.

3. Powered Floor Cleaners

If you find yourself in need of some heavy duty cleaning, your most efficient option may be an upright powered floor cleaner. They look much like a vacuum cleaner, but with built in mop pads, spraying systems, and cleaning formula. There are light-weight options that make cleaning your floors a breeze. Just make sure you pick one with a safe formula.

Now that you know what kind of quality hardwood floor cleaners are on the market, you should be better equipped to find the solution that works best for your needs. Sometimes floors need more than a clean though. If your floor needs a refurbish, repair, or refinish, contact the expert team at Artisan Wood Floors today – call (215) 515-7355 and ask for Steve!




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