DO USE a cleaning product exclusively for floors recommended by the floor finisher. Please note that other floor cleaners contain ingredients that are not allowed to be used if you want to keep your floor’s warranty. Or try making your own DIY Floor Cleaner: Add a quarter cup of mild or pH-neutral to a bucket of water.
DO HAVE a mopping routine cleaning technique. Also, please remember that water is actually wood’s worst enemy so use a damp mop instead of a soaking wet one.
DO MOP Dip the mop in the direction of the wood grain. Also, when the water gets dirty, empty the bucket and don’t continue using it instead re-do the cleaning solution. Once you are finished mopping, go back over the entire floor with clean water to rinse it out.
DO HAVE a daily sweep routine and mop once or twice a week.
DON’T USE: Oils, waxes or furniture sprays. The oil will leave a residue, furniture spray creates a slippery top surface and wax takes time to apply and makes re-coating difficult.
DON’T USE straight ammonia, alkaline products or other abrasive cleaners.
DON’T RELY on water by itself or a vinegar and water based solution to clean hardwood floors. Mopping with water will result in gloomy gray looking floors and do anything to clean the dirt buildup.
DON’T USE Vinegar and water as it is not as effective as soapy water and may diminish the glossy look on top of the floor.
DON’T BE afraid to get dirty. In small areas that need serious attention, I clean with a cloth as you will feel how you are picking up the dirty residue from your floors.