If properly maintained, hardwood flooring
will last for decades.
Hardwoods need to
be kept clean and free of the dust and
that can scratch and dull the surface.
High-traffic areas should be
swept as often as possible.
You can either sweep the floors with a broom,
or use a disposable electrostatic mop.
Using a vacuum is also an option.
However, you should only vacuum if your
model features an on-off brush roll.
Many models have a hard floor setting, which
raises the vacuum and deactivates the
brush roll used to clean carpets.
If active, the brush roll can scratch
hardwood flooring.
Only suction is used
when removing debris on the hard floor
Some models offer rubber wheels,
which are less likely to leave scratches
than models with hard plastic wheels.
Heavily trafficked areas should be
cleaned every week or two using a damp mop.
Wet the mop and wring out most of
the water so it is just damp.
Avoid leaving any standing water on the floor.
This can damage the wood.
This is especially true for pre-finished hardwood floors.
Unless the surface was sealed
with polyurethane after installation,
the water will seep between the boards.
If your floors are well sealed,
you can add a wood cleaning product diluted to the
manufacturer’s instruction when mopping.
Avoid using harsh detergents.
They’ll dull the surface.
The Home Depot offers a
wide variety of wood care products both
in store and online.
There are products
that allow you to
simply spray and mop.
These products don’t require a bucket.
They dry quickly and remove dust, dirt
and grime.
For an even quicker clean,
there are disposable wet pads.
These are perfect for touch-up cleaning,
but be sure to select the wet pads
specifically formulated for cleaning
There are also floor polishes that help
restore the shine and offer protection
against wear.
These products will also
help fill
small scratches and are
available in low and high gloss finishes.
To revitalize worn floors, use a floor wax.
These not only provide a deep clean,
but they leave a satin finish that
protects and beautifies hardwoods.
Regardless of which product you choose,
always apply them with the grain of the
If your product requires a mop
application, rinse the mop often and
wring it dry.
Although many products will
dry pretty quickly,
you can speed the
process by turning on a ceiling fan or
the floor can be dried using a soft
microfiber cloth.
No matter how often you
clean your hardwood floor,
scratches are inevitable especially if you have pets.
There are liquid scratch concealers that
when dry form a permanent seal that
won’t come off during cleaning.
Eventually, your floor’s sealed surface
will wear, but fortunately real hardwood
flooring can be lightly sanded and new
finish applied to restore the floor’s
natural beauty.
For more detailed
information about this and many other
projects, check out the DIY projects and
ideas section of homedepot.com
or talk to one of our store associates.

How To Clean Hardwood Floors | Hardwood Floor Care | The Home Depot

21 thoughts on “How To Clean Hardwood Floors | Hardwood Floor Care | The Home Depot

  • January 7, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    As a new home owner with hardwood, how would i know if the floor is sealed properly or needs to be sealed again?

  • January 11, 2018 at 7:17 am

    This is a commercial for different products not even remotely an attempt to clean hardwood floors safely.

  • March 4, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    I want that bucket, what’s the manufacturer of that bucket called?

  • March 19, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Hi !! 🤘🏼😎

  • June 22, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I just mop my hardwood floor. Is it best to open window or shut window for floor to dry faster?

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  • November 17, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Loved the video, thank you

  • February 9, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    my hardwood floor is covered in 20 years worth of spilled soda ,tobacco and food.. i tried to mop it once but didnt work

  • February 19, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Use the bona cleaner everything else is to risky when it comes to the chemicals in it. Even if it says it’s for hardwood floors. If you mess up it risks the chance that you won’t be able to re-coat the floor if you get a scratch or bad scuff. And don’t use a shiner that has waxes in it that will do the same thing as the cleaners

  • February 19, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I love woods floor but it need a lot of attention. I'm going to change to tile "woods" floor. They look almost the same and requires less effort and less money to maintain.

  • February 19, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    I use Bona on my floors. I think that's the best product out there. Every other week, just plain water. Dont want product build up on my floors. That can also dull the wood.

  • February 19, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    What about germs 🦠?!?! Ewww

  • February 20, 2019 at 1:25 am

    White vinegar is the best for hardwood floors..

  • February 20, 2019 at 5:04 am

    I use Bona…its excellent!!!

  • March 5, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    I love the look of wood floors. But, I hate the fact that if I drop something on the floor it usually leaves a dent and I know it's dated but I still like carpeting you can slide or drag things across carpeting or drop heavy objects on carpeting and it has no effect on the appearance

  • March 22, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I stripped the old varnish coating
    Without doing no harm to the wood. My ignorant landlord who doesn't know a thing about home improvement had a fit.

  • March 23, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    I have hardwood floors and it always.gets so dusty I have to mop like every day its very hard maybe my husband can put a wax on it can look better I don't know

  • March 30, 2019 at 5:26 am

    Thx for sharing

  • July 1, 2019 at 12:22 am

    I use Bona…its excellent!!!
    What about germs 🦠?!?! Ewww

  • July 20, 2019 at 12:31 am

    I have been trying homemade hardwood floor cleaners, water, vinegar, alcohol, dish liquid but after I mop, and once dry can see footprints, what is best to buy?


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