Caring for Wooden Floors

by Janine, Mar 2023

Wooden floors are a timeless and beautiful addition to any home, adding warmth, character, and elegance to any room. However, wooden floors also require careful and consistent maintenance to keep them looking their best. From spills to scratches and general wear and tear, wooden floors are exposed to a lot of daily stress, making it essential to clean them regularly. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to clean wooden floors.

Types of Wooden Floors

Before we delve into the cleaning process, it is important to know the type of wooden floor you have. There are several types of wooden floors, including solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, and laminate. Understanding the type of flooring you have will help you determine the best cleaning products to use and the methods that are most effective.

Cleaning Products

When it comes to cleaning wooden floors, it is essential to choose the right cleaning products. Avoid using water and vinegar, as this can damage the finish of the floor and leave streaks. Instead, look for cleaning products that are specifically designed for wooden floors. We love Osmo wooden floor concentrate. These products are formulated to protect the finish while effectively removing dirt, dust, and grime. If you are unsure what type of cleaning product to use, consult with the manufacturer or a flooring professional for recommendations.

Sweeping and Vacuuming

The first step in cleaning wooden floors is to remove any loose dirt, dust, or debris. This can be done by sweeping the floor with a soft-bristled broom or using a vacuum cleaner with a hard floor setting. Make sure to vacuum the corners and baseboards to remove any trapped dirt.


Once the floor is free of loose debris, it is time to start mopping. Begin by dampening the mop with a small amount of water, then wring it out thoroughly to avoid leaving puddles on the floor. If you are using a cleaning product, follow the instructions on the label and mix the recommended amount with the water. Start in one corner of the room and work your way towards the door, mopping in small sections and rinsing the mop frequently.


After mopping, it is important to dry the floor as quickly as possible. Use a clean, dry cloth or mop to remove any excess water. Avoid using a mop with too much water, as this can damage the floor and leave streaks. If you have time, open windows or turn on a fan to speed up the drying process.


To keep your wooden floors looking their best, consider polishing them every few months. This will help to restore the shine and protect the finish from scratches and scuffs. Look for a polish that is specifically designed for your type of wooden floor, and follow the instructions on the label for the best results. Your vacuum cleaner might even have a specialist head or attachment for cleaning wooden floors – check out of our post on vacuum attachments to find out more.


Wooden floors are an investment that can add value to your home and enhance the look of any room. With proper care and maintenance, your wooden floors can last for many years and retain their beauty and shine. By following these simple steps, you can keep your wooden floors looking their best for years to come.

However, if you’d rather your regular weekly cleaner take on the task of maintaining your beloved wooden floors, let us know when you send over your enquiry! Enter your postcode below to find your local Well Polished office.

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