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I just bought my first house and it is all wood flooring. It is the real wood flooring not the laminate…?

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fake kind of flooring. How do I clean and care for this type of flooring? Can I mop do I use wood polisher on it or not?

Hi, It is important to regularly remove dirt and debris from your wood floors as it can wear the finish. I usually vacuum with a hard floor brush. If I don’t feel like pulling out the vacuum I use a broom or swifter.

I damp mop only when it looks like it needs it with only a slightly damp mop rinsing the mop regularly. I just use warm water as we like going barefoot and I like natural products. Once in a while I use a 1/4 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water. I attach a towel to my swifter and quickly dry mop it if it is cold out and it is not drying quickly.

It is also good to use preventative maintenance such as felt pads on your furniture. Area rugs should be placed in high traffic area and at entrances to help trap dirt. An area rug placed by your sink helps with water being splashed. Any spills should be wiped up right away. Hope this helps.

7 Responses to “I just bought my first house and it is all wood flooring. It is the real wood flooring not the laminate…?”

  1. country_girl Says:

    your going to basically want to use a duster and an occasional polish – like once a week,,and then when they seem to be real grungy,, use murphys oil soap
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  2. julia2654 Says:

    You can use Orange Glo pads if you want it to shine, but not often or else you’ll have to deal with build-up. Sweep and use a dust mop every day or so. Do NOT use furniture polish, unless you want someone walking in socks to have a really bad fall.
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  3. Zak M Says:

    If its real hard wood floor simply mop it with warm water. Cleaning with any chemicals will only ruin the wood. This is what many professional floor experts recommend.
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  4. Replace Says:

    Get a Swiffer Wet Jet.
    I NEVER thought I would enjoy mopping floors, but I do now.

    Be cautious about waxes and polishes. Some make floor VERY slippery.
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  5. ab dominance Says:

    murphys oil soap and warm water. go easy on the water as this will ruin the fibers if not sealed properly.
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  6. rockchick Says:

    If these are the hardwood floors that are basically in good shape and have been "sealed" with polyurethane, all you have to do is damp mop with lukewarm water. You can dust mop/vacuum first, but only use water. You can apply a wax like Beacon once in awhile if you want to bring the shine up. If you use a detergent cleaning agent you will have to then use the wax b/c it will dull the floor, however a deodorizing type cleaner (w/out chemicals) mixed with water is ok.
    My elderly aunt whose wood floors are beautiful told me to damp mop and then wax once in awhile.
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  7. Jenny C Says:

    Hi, It is important to regularly remove dirt and debris from your wood floors as it can wear the finish. I usually vacuum with a hard floor brush. If I don’t feel like pulling out the vacuum I use a broom or swifter.

    I damp mop only when it looks like it needs it with only a slightly damp mop rinsing the mop regularly. I just use warm water as we like going barefoot and I like natural products. Once in a while I use a 1/4 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water. I attach a towel to my swifter and quickly dry mop it if it is cold out and it is not drying quickly.

    It is also good to use preventative maintenance such as felt pads on your furniture. Area rugs should be placed in high traffic area and at entrances to help trap dirt. An area rug placed by your sink helps with water being splashed. Any spills should be wiped up right away. Hope this helps.
    References :
    http://www.hardwoodlaminateflooringguide.com/cleaning-hardwood-floors.html

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