Clean hardwood floors?

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  1. jakejake

    jakejake Senior member

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    What's the best method to clean hardwood floors? They seem to accumulate dusts so quick.
     


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    CHenry Senior member

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    What's the best method to clean hardwood floors? They seem to accumulate dusts so quick.

    Vacuum and dust with a dry mop or swiffer. Very dirty wood floors can be cleaned with a dilute mild soap like Murphy's Oil Soap and warm water with a sponge.

    Check your home air filter. Some places are just prone to lots of dust accumulation: agriculture, pets, lots of people and foot traffic.
     


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    Would you recommend the same for laminate flooring?
     


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    JayJay Senior member

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    Vacuum and dust with a dry mop or swiffer. Very dirty wood floors can be cleaned with a dilute mild soap like Murphy's Oil Soap and warm water with a sponge.

    This is what is usually done to my floors when needed.
     


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    Vacuum and dust with a dry mop or swiffer. Very dirty wood floors can be cleaned with a dilute mild soap like Murphy's Oil Soap and warm water with a sponge.

    Check your home air filter. Some places are just prone to lots of dust accumulation: agriculture, pets, lots of people and foot traffic.


    +1. i try to do a quick wet swiffer once a week. does wonders. every month or so especially in the winter i'll give it a good mop with murphys
     


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    grundletaint Senior member

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    i do a weekly 1-2 punch with these: [​IMG] [​IMG] and a microfiber duster broom for quick dusting
     


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    You can dry swiffer, avoid the wet swiffer at all costs. Use a hardwood floor cleaner made by Bona Kemi. Bona makes polyurethanes and coatings for most major hardwood floor manufacturers. I would avoid Murphy's at all costs. If you ever have to have a screen and re-coat done to the floor, Murphy's will cause the polyurethane not to adhere correctly. You will wind up going through a full blown sand and re-finish.
     


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    Bonfa microfiber broom + cleaner solution.
     


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    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Bonfa microfiber broom + cleaner solution.
    Yes.
     


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    I try to avoid wetness on my apartment floors. Unfortunately, the entire unit including the *kitchen* is hardwood.

    This requires more frequent mopping that I would do in the rest of the place...but I try to use the most well wrung mop possible so that one side of the kitchen is completely dry by the time I am done mopping the other side.
     


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    Vinegar and water solution (1:4). It's super cheap, plus it cleans well and is non-toxic. Use a swifter type tool or get on your hands and knees with a rag.
     


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    I think what I find works best is mopping without completely soaking the floors and then going over it with a completely dry towel to soak up any water thats still there.

    I tried the swiffer with the spray and it leave alot of resedue behind. It's good for a quick wipedown but after a month of this you got a ton of cleaner thats dried to your floor.
     


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    +3 on the Bona (not "Bonfa"). Do not over-wet the floors. This is the biggest mistake people make when cleaning. Moisture will wick between the boards, expand (over time) and create small expansion joints for dirt. Spray the solution directly on the micorfiber mop and go to town. Roomba robot also gets good reviews by those who use it.
     


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    Which B&M stores carry the Bona's? Never heard of them before.
     


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    are you guys talking about white people's wood floors, where they trounce on them with dirty shoes on all day? Or civilized people's wood floors? [​IMG]
     


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