Best Cleaners for Your Hardwood Floor

Find the right wood floor cleaner to keep your wood floors looking their best.

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Whether you discovered hardwood flooring under the carpeting in your recently-purchased home or you installed hardwood flooring yourself, youre going to want to take good care of it. Heres what we recommend.

Start With a Shoes-Off Policy

Wood floors get scratched when they come in contact with the stuff stuck to your footwear, so tread lightly in your stocking feet or slippers as often as you can. If you want guests to remove their shoes, make it obvious by having a shoe storage solution, such as a basket or tray, and shareable slippers in the entryway.

Youve probably never cleaned these things in your homebut you really should!

Is Murphys Oil SoapGood for Hardwood Floors?

Heck, yes! People have been using this biodegradable, phosphate-free product on their hardwood floors since 1889. You cant go wrong with tried-and-true Murphys.

Of course, its hardly the only option out there. A few more high-rated wood floor cleaners:

Method Squirt & Mop Wood Floor Cleaner is a relatively new hardwood floor cleaning product thats getting rave reviews. Users gush about the light fragrance and that it leaves a lustrous, long-lasting shine on their floors

Babyganics floor cleaner concentratemakers say, To you, its a floor. To your baby, its a crawling highway. This non-toxic solution is tot- and pet-friendly, fragrance-free and effective.

Dr. Bronners Sal Sudsis a concentrated, multi-purpose and biodegradable choice thats also Oprah-recommended. If you like an air of fir and spruce, this ones for you.

Aunt Fannies Floor Cleaners main ingredient is vinegar, and it comes in natural scents such as sweet mandarin and fresh lime mint. This ones an all-around winnerearth-friendly, budget-friendly, kid-friendly and tons of friendly reviews.

DIY Hardwood Floor Cleaner

If youd prefer to make your own hardwood floor cleaner, heres a versatile recipe that we recommend.

  • 2 c. warm water
  • 1/2 c. white vinegar
  • 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol
  • 3 drops liquid dish soap (no antibacterial ingredients, moisturizers or oxygen bleach)
  • 5 to 10 drops essential oil of your choice

This cleaner, used at full strength, works for a small area of floor and for touch-ups. Any remaining solution can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to one month. For larger floor surfaces, make a bigger batch in a bucket.

Additional Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips

Good, Clean Fun

Want a clean floor on the daily, but struggle to find the time? Try this quick workaround: Turn on a favorite song, squirt some of your chosen spray-and-mop product on the floor and the drop a couple of rags down, too. Now, step on the rags and start shuffling. You wont make it into every corner, but the main drag will be clean by songs end.

Use Your Tools

Break out the mops and brooms regularly to remove sand and any other sharp debris that can scratch your floor. When it comes to choosing the right ones, you cant go too far wrong with any product specifically designed for use on wood floors. To help: Here are our recommendations for vacuumsandrobot vacuums.

Plus: Heres why we dont recommend steam cleaners for hardwood floors.