How to Clean Hardwood Floors 101
Follow our easy steps on how to clean hardwood floors. Transform your hardwood floors from dull and grimy to gleaming, gorgeous and clean!
- Surface-sealed floors: Most new hardwood flooring is sealed with urethan, plyurethane or polyacrylic. Surface sealed hardwood floors are stained and offer water resistance and are the easiest to clean and care for. Sweep, Mop, Your Are Finished!
- Penetrating-seal-treated and oil-treated floors: A very common hardwood flooring style, penetrating seals or oil finishes soak into the wood grain and harden. This type of hardwood flooring require more attention and are protected with liquid or paste wax.
- Lacquered, varnished, shellacked and untreated floors: Although technically surface finishes, lacquers, varnishes and shellacs are not as resistant to moisture, spills and wear as the other sealants mentioned. Treat floors with these finishes and floors with no finish as you would penetrating-seal-treated and oil-treated floors.
- Not sure what kind of finish you have? An easy test to discover which type of hardwood floor finish you have, just rub your finger across your floor. It there is not a smudge left, your hardwood flooring is surfaced sealed. If you smudge your floor, the flooring has been treated with a penetrating seal, oil finish, shellac, varnish or lacquer, and then wax has been applied.