The Best Hardwood Floor Cleaners

Many people shy away from owning hardwood floors because they are afraid that they are too fragile and difficult to clean. However, that’s simply not true.

A well-cared-for hardwood floor can withstand anything, including tracked-in dirt, spills, abuse from the kids, and pet messes. In fact, wood floor care is quite easy. Caring for your floors will add thousands of dollars of property value to your space!

Regular vacuuming is usually the best course of action for caring for your hardwood floors. Vacuuming removes the gritty, fine, abrasive dust known to scratch the wood floor’s finish. In addition to regular vacuuming, you want to use cleaning products that can clean the floor while protecting the finish.

When you choose the right cleaning product to clean your hardwood floors, you’ll do the job easier and faster, while extending the life of your hardwood floors at the same time. After all, a clean floor is a healthy floor.

In this article, Philadelphia’s hardwood flooring experts, at Artisan Wood Floors outline the nine best hardwood floor cleaners.

As hardwood flooring experts, the team at Artisan Wood Floors is often asked about their recommendations for the best wood floor cleaners. The best wood floor cleaners are the ones that are formulated specifically for hard, surface-finished, and polyurethane-treated floors. These are the cleaners with the right ingredients necessary to dissolve grime and dirt without doing damage to the floor’s coating or dulling its shine.

Please note that none of these cleaners should be used on hardwood floors treated using wax or any other penetrating finishes. This list of best wood floor cleaners includes recommendations for two wood floor vacuum cleaners.

1. Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray

Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray is great because it quickly removes sticky residues and shoe marks from hardwood floors. The Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray can cut through soil and erase shoe marks more quickly than any other wood floor cleaning product. You can apply the cleaner with Bona’s cleaning pad, use a mop with a microfiber pad, or use the official Bona Spray Mop.

2. Murphy’s Oil Soap Original Wood Cleaner

Murphy’s Oil Soap Original Wood Cleaner is another great product for removing sticky residues and shoe marks from your hardwood floors. Best of all, it is the most affordable cleaner on this list! Because it is concentrated, Murphy’s Oil Soap lasts quite a while, so you know you are getting the best bang for your buck. Remember, Murphy’s Oil Soap is concentrated, so it must be diluted before use.


3. Black Diamond Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner

Black Diamond’s Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner removes tricky scuff marks and is perfect for spot cleaning your hardwood floors. Its trigger makes the application a sinch, and the product’s clear instructions make it easy to use. Best of all, it is appropriate for use on both finished hardwood floors and laminate floors as well.

4. Swiffer WetJet Wood Starter Kit

The Swiffer WetJet is great because it offers disposable pads that make cleanup easy, and it is also easily navigable under and around furniture. This great product dispenses the wood floor cleaner directly to the floor using a battery-powered mop. It uses a textured disposable pad with a scrub strip to tackle grime and dirt. The best thing about the disposable pads is that they eliminate storing a dirty mop. The downside is that you have to continue buying refills.

5. Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner Spray

The EPA’s Safer Choice program certified this powerful deep cleaner, which leaves no sticky residue behind. In addition to having ingredients that won’t harm your family or the environment, the product’s fast-drying, oxygenated formula penetrates heavy hardwood floor build-up. Sold in a convenient spray bottle, it requires no diluting and is approved for use on any polyurethane finished wood floor. Follow its instructions carefully, as the Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner Spray is not for use on oiled or waxed wood floors.

6. Libman Hardwood Concentrated Floor Cleaner

Libman Hardwood Concentrated Floor Cleaner not only dissolves difficult scuff marks, but it removes sticky residues. Mix the cleaner with water to dilute, either in your mop bucket or using Libman’s Freedom Dispensing Microfiber Mop. Either way, it packs a powerful punch. The bottle has a convenient handle and measuring cup for ease of use. One bottle can make up to four gallons of floor cleaner. If you’re looking for the best hardwood floor mop, this is a great product to go with whatever you choose.

7. Bona Hardwood Floor Premium Spray Mop

The easy-to-use Bona Hardwood Floor Premium Spray Mop features an oversized head to cover more ground and uses a reusable microfiber pad. It easily navigates narrow spaces, and its soft, flexible corners flip up along baseboards and walls to catch each speck of dirt. The refillable cleaner cartridge is less wasteful, and the mop itself can dispense a fine, wide spray evenly across your floor.

8. Dyson Omni-glide Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

This lightweight and rechargeable Dyson stick vacuum is perfect for hardwood floors. Its soft and fluffy rollers go in any direction. The vacuum’s rollers easily pick up fine particles and large debris without scratching the hardwood floor. It is the right size vacuum for stair treads, room edges, and those spaces around your area rugs.

9. Miele Compact C1 Turbo Team Bagged Canister Vacuum

This pricey vacuum is easy to use and glides smoothly across floors. It is a top performer for all types of wood floor debris and works on carpeting too. Its three-filter system ensures that the dust from your wood floor doesn’t get recycled into the air only to find its way back to your wood floor.


If you are still struggling to remove your ground-in grime with the best hardwood floor cleaners for 2022, or for those years-old stains, you may need a hardwood sanding and refinishing – for all questions about hardwood, call Artisan Wood Floors today at (215) 515-7355 and ask for Steve! 




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