Cleaning Hardwood Flooring Surface-Sealed Floors: Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t use furniture sprays, oils or waxes. Oil will leave surface residue,furniture sprays can leave your hardwood flooring slippery, and wax can complicate the re-coating process.
Don’t use straight ammonia, alkaline products or abrasive cleaners. Using these cleaning agents will dull your hardwood flooring finish.
Do use a floor-cleaning product recommended by the floor finisher or opt for plain soap and water. If the recommended product is hard to find or costly, and other floor cleaners contain ingredients that violate your floor’s warranty, try soap and water. I add a quarter cup of mild or pH-neutral soap (like liquid dishwashing soap) or Murphy Oil Soap (despite the name, it doesn’t contain oil) to a bucket of water.
Don’t rely on water or a vinegar and water solution to clean hardwood floors. Using just water will cause your hardwood flooring to become dingy and will not remove any dirt that builds up. Vinegar and water does not clean your hardwood flooring as well as soapy water and can dull the finish of your hardwood flooring more quickly.