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Mopping Hardwood Floors

What You Need to Know

Professional Hardwood Floor Cleaning

Taking care of your hardwood flooring properly helps maintain the charm and ensures you can enjoy it for years to come. It is one of the most sensitive flooring options in your home, so it’s important you clean it the right way. We often get asked if homeowners should be mopping hardwood floors. The answer is yes, as long as you follow these directions:

Mopping Hardwood Floors


Water and hardwood floors do not mix. You should never have a puddle of any liquid on your hardwood because it can cause discoloration and warping.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • Mop
  • Hardwood floor cleaner (you can make your own with supplies you probably already have)
  • Drying rag (just in case!)

Directions for Mopping Hardwood Floors

  • First, pick up any dust that has accumulated with a broom, microfiber pad, or vacuum. Be careful with your vacuum because the wheels can create scratch on your floor.
  • Lightly mist your floor with a cleaner made specifically for hardwood. Avoid putting excess liquid on your floor, and avoid using water and vinegar, soap-based cleaners, or steam cleaners. These can dull the floor’s finish over time.
  • Use the mop as a method to pick up the liquid cleaner, not as the way to scrub. Lightly push the mop around.
  • If you end up with extra liquid somewhere, use the drying rag to pick it up.

Ready to Revive Your Hardwood Floors?

Call the experts at JDog Carpet Cleaning & Floor Care. You should deep clean and refinish your floors every three to five years (or more often, depending on traffic in the area). This is a time-consuming process that can cause damage if not done right. That’s why JDog Carpet Cleaning & Floor Care is here. Our knowledgable team made up of Veterans and Military family members know just how to care for your hardwood floor to make it shine like new again. Call us today at 844-GET-JDOG for more information and a free quote.