Hardwood floors are one of the most valuable elements in a home. Not only is the overall look of hardwoods more appealing, but you and potential buyers will prefer the lower maintenance and extreme durability this equitable flooring option offers. Unfortunately, most people are confused by how to clean their wood floors in a safe, effective solution. Sprays and cleaning wipes may be effective for a quick cleanup, but many of these products contain toxic chemicals that cause a buildup of residue on the wood. For a safer, less toxic option, here are a few natural solutions to use when cleaning your hardwood floors.


You may be surprised to learn that a simple damp mopping of your wood floors is sufficient for removing light dirt, dust, and debris. Of course, you should avoid using too much water, since excess moisture will seep into the wood, increasing the risk of warping and mold growth.

Dip your mop head in a bucket filled with warm water. Wring out the excess liquid using the bucket's squeegee tool or your hands. Lift the mop head above the bucket to determine how much water is on the mop head. If any water drips, wring out a few more times until no water is dripping from the mop head.

Move the mop head across your wood floors using slight pressure. Work your way around the entire wood surface. Once complete, rinse your mop head and repeat a second time to ensure you have removed all dirt and debris.


In some instances, you may have heavier amounts of dirt or residue that is making your wood floors appear cloudy. Removing this unappealing residue will require a more involved cleaner, but you do not need to use toxic, harsh chemicals on your floor.

To clean a heavier residue, consider vinegar.

Combine 1 gallon of warm water with 1 gallon of distilled water in your mopping bucket. Make sure to mix before dipping your mop head into the solution. Wring out the excess before applying the damp mop to your wood floors. After mopping the entire floors once with the vinegar solution, move over the floors with a mop dampened with water only.

The vinegar will eat through any thick, cloudy haze on your hardwoods without stripping the wood of its beautiful shine.

Your hardwood floors need to be clean in a protective manner. These solutions will ensure your wood is clean in a non-toxic, eco-friendly manner. Contact a company, like Peerless Building Maintenance, for more help.