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Published On
January 27, 2023

The great debate: what is the best cleaner for hardwood floors?

Written By
Osi Egwuogu

Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home, but keeping them clean and well-maintained can be a challenge. With so many different types of cleaners on the market, it can be difficult to determine the best cleaner for hardwood floors in your space. In this article, we will explore the great debate over what is the best hardwood floors cleaner and provide some tips on how to keep your floors looking their best.

Common hardwood floor cleaning options 

  1. Hardwood floor cleaner

One of the most popular options for cleaning hardwood floors is a designated hardwood floor cleaner. These cleaners are specifically designed for such floors and are typically water-based, pH-neutral, and non-toxic. They are made to gently clean and remove dirt, dust, and grime without leaving a residue or causing damage to the finish. Many hardwood floor cleaners also contain a sealant or protective coating that helps to protect the floors from scratches and other damage.

At Clean Tu Casa, we use Murphy’s oil cleaner for mainly real natural hardwood because the surface is porous, and the solution lifts grime and dirt out while coating the floor to bring out the natural brilliance of the wood. There’s a reason why it’s Amazon’s choice for wood floors.

oil soap over wood
  1. Mild detergent or soap

These cleaners are also water-based and pH-neutral, but they may contain a small amount of soap or detergent to help remove dirt and stains. However, it's important to be careful when using these cleaners, as too much soap or detergent can leave a residue on the floors, which can cause them to become slippery and potentially damage the finish.

Our professional cleaners use Dawn soap on non-porous surfaces, like in the case of laminate/engineered wood.

cleaning the floor of a living room
  1. Vinegar and water

Vinegar and water solution is also a common choice for cleaning hardwood floors. This solution is simple, affordable, and effective in removing dirt and grime. The acidic properties of the vinegar helps to break down dirt and stains, while the water helps to rinse away the debris. However, some experts caution against using vinegar on hardwood floors, as the acid can cause damage to the finish over time.

So... which is the best cleaner for hardwood floors?

In conclusion, the best cleaner for hardwood floors depends on your specific needs and preferences. Hardwood floor cleaners, mild detergents or soap, or vinegar and water solution are all great options, but it's important to consider the potential benefits and drawbacks of each option before making a decision.

It's also important to note that regular maintenance and care are key to keeping hardwood floors looking their best. This includes vacuuming or sweeping the floors regularly to remove dirt and debris, and using a doormat or rug at entryways to trap dirt and moisture before it gets onto the floors. Additionally, protecting your hardwood floors with furniture pads and using non-toxic cleaners and sealants can also help to prolong the life of your floors.

In Summary…

Ultimately, the best cleaner for hardwood floors is the one that works best for your particular floor, your lifestyle, and your budget. It may take a bit of experimentation to find the perfect cleaner, but with proper care and maintenance, your hardwood floors will look beautiful for years to come. Remember to always test a small area before using any new cleaner on your hardwood floors, and always follow the manufacturer's instructions for use. And if you are still unsure what cleaner is best for your floors, it's always a good idea to hire professionals with experience cleaning floors.

Clean Tu Casa is the cleaning service that will provide the best home cleaning and organization service for you. We offer professional cleaning services, which could be one-time, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Reach out to us for your free quote today.

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