As one of the internet’s most reputable cleaning experts, we get a lot of questions about cleaning different surfaces in the home. If you’ve taken time to learn how to clean your house with our checklists, product guides, and how to clean your room videos, then you already know what it takes to get shiny and smooth hardwood floors. But if not, read on, learn the steps, and get some DIY room cleaning done!
Step 1: All cleaning service jobs start with moving lightweight furniture & small rugs out of the way.
Don’t overstrain yourself – obviously your Restoration Hardware Cloud sectional doesn’t need to come up. But if you have some light chairs or accent rugs that can be moved, go ahead and do that before you start cleaning. It’ll make getting the hard-to-reach spots a LOT easier.
Step 2: Grab your vacuum and get started!
We love the Sanitaire vacuum which comes with a special hardwood floor attachment. It’s perfect for getting in the grooves to pick up dirt, dust, and crumbs. Following the grain of the wood, give the floor a nice, thorough vacuum, and don’t miss the edges and corners.
Step 3: Get a GOOD mop!
Product recommendation time! We really believe that our mopping method makes all the difference. Have you noticed that traditional string mops dunked into a bucket of nasty gray water doesn’t really do the trick? Well if you haven’t, open your eyes and head to Amazon or Walmart to get an SH-Mop. This amazing little device comes with 3 replaceable terry cloth covers that you can remove and rinse as you mop, so you’re never cleaning with a dirty mop. If you’re not going to get an SH-Mop (and again, we really think you should) try to get your mop as clean as possible.
Step 4: Spray your damp mop with 3-4 spritzes of all-purpose cleaner.
Make sure to grab a nontoxic all-purpose cleaner so you can avoid filling your home with nasty toxins. Our favorites? Try Branch Basics Concentrate or Safely Universal Multi-Purpose Cleaner.
Step 5: Mop until the cover shows clean!
Mop your floor in the direction of the grain, checking your mop regularly for dirt. If the mop gets significantly dirty, rinse it, wring it out, and reapply all-purpose cleaner before getting back to it. Once your mop comes up clean, you’re done!
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