Cleaning your hardwood floors is necessary to preserving their beauty. It is important to use the appropriate products and materials to avoid doing damage. Follow these steps using products from a quality, trusted brand like Bona:
The type of finish that has been applied to your floors is important in determining how you clean them, so consider this when choosing a product. Too much water or a water/vinegar mixture will dull a hardwood floor finish. Abrasive cleansers can scratch floors and oils and waxes leave a residue.
For hardwood floors finished with a surface sealer like urethane, polyurethane, or polyacrylic, the best cleaning method is to sweep or vacuum. These finishes are stain and water resistant, though it is still not recommended that you mop them. Spills can be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth and then dried.