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How to Clean Prefinished Hardwood Floors

Mohawk hardwood flooring

So you just got beautiful hardwood flooring installed in your home. Not sure how to keep it in its best shape? Have no fear, our experts at Carpet Weaver’s are here! Here are some of our essential tips on cleaning prefinished hardwood floors to ensure that your investment remains a source of timeless elegance and lasting durability. 

Let’s start with the basics of cleaning prefinished hardwood floors. Most importantly, you’ll want to avoid using excessive moisture or harsh chemicals that can damage the factory-applied finish. Start by removing loose dirt and debris with a soft broom or vacuum cleaner. Then, use a damp mop with a pH-neutral hardwood floor cleaner specifically formulated for prefinished floors. Be sure to wring out the mop well to prevent excess water from seeping into the seams. Spot clean any stains gently with a soft cloth or sponge. Finally, ensure the floor is thoroughly dried with a clean microfiber cloth or dry mop. Regular maintenance, such as sweeping or vacuuming, is essential to keep prefinished hardwood floors looking their best.

Can you steam clean hardwood floors?

It is not recommended to steam clean hardwood floors. While steam cleaners can be effective for certain types of flooring, such as tile or laminate, they can cause damage to hardwood floors. Steam introduces excessive moisture, which can seep into wood and cause it to warp, swell, or buckle. Additionally, the heat from steam can potentially strip away the protective finish on hardwood floors, leaving them vulnerable to scratches, discoloration, or other forms of damage. To clean hardwood floors, it’s best to use methods that involve minimal moisture, such as dry or damp mopping.

How to clean hardwood floors with vinegar

Vinegar can be used as a natural and cost-effective solution for cleaning hardwood floors. To clean hardwood floors with vinegar, start by diluting one part white vinegar with four parts warm water in a spray bottle or bucket. Lightly mist or dampen a soft mop or cloth with the vinegar solution—avoid soaking the mop or using excessive moisture. Gently mop the floor in the direction of the wood grain, focusing on one small area at a time. For stubborn stains or sticky spots, you can apply a bit of undiluted vinegar directly to the cloth and rub gently. Once you have finished cleaning, dry the floor thoroughly using a clean, dry cloth or mop to prevent any potential water damage. Always test the vinegar solution in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t cause any adverse effects on your specific hardwood flooring.

Can you use Mr. Clean on hardwood floors?

Mr. Clean is not recommended for use on hardwood floors because it contains detergents and chemicals that are too harsh for the delicate surface of hardwood floors. These substances can strip away the protective finish, leading to potential damage and discoloration over time. It’s best to use pH neutral hardwood floor cleaning products that are designed to effectively remove dirt and grime without harming the wood or its finish. 

Can you use Swiffer Wet Jet on prefinished hardwood floors?

Yes, Swiffer WetJet is Carpet Weaver’s approved! Swiffer WetJet is designed to be safe on prefinished hardwood floors and offers a convenient, easy-to-use solution for cleaning and maintaining the beauty of your floors. The cleaning solution is formulated to be gentle and effective on hardwood surfaces, leaving behind a streak-free finish. Remember to avoid excessive moisture and to regularly replace the cleaning pads to prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris.

How to clean dog urine from hardwood floors 

Cleaning dog urine from hardwood floors requires prompt action to prevent potential damage and odor. Start by blotting up as much urine as possible with absorbent paper towels or a cloth. Avoid rubbing, as it can push the urine further into the wood. Next, mix a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar. Lightly dampen a clean cloth or sponge with the solution, and gently wipe the affected area. Vinegar helps neutralize the odor and break down the urine. Afterward, rinse the area with clean water and dry it thoroughly. For stubborn odors, you can also use an enzyme-based cleaner specifically designed for pet urine stains. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product. Lastly, consider applying a hardwood floor cleaner and a protective finish to restore the floor’s shine and protect it from future accidents. Remember, the sooner you address dog urine on hardwood floors, the better chance you have of minimizing any lasting damage or odor.


At Carpet Weaver’s, we understand the importance of not only selecting high-quality flooring, but also knowing how to properly care for it. Our team of experts is here to guide you through every step of the process, from choosing the perfect prefinished hardwood floors to maintaining their pristine beauty for years to come.

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