• By Eldo Rajan
  • July 28, 2022

Be careful what you use to clean your hardwood floors !!

Moisture content during and after the installation process is an important variable affecting how wood floors behave.

In general, almost all solid wood flooring will contract during summer and expand during rainl[. Puddles of water on your hardwood can cause swelling and discoloration, so it is recommended to use a light mist of cleaner that is specifically made for wood floors.

This brings us to a popular cleaning technique to avoid, that can actually damage your hardwood floors: water, vinegar, or general-purpose cleaners.

The use of water and vinegar is a popular, economical, and environmentally safe option for homeowners, but it is not safe for your wood floors. It's important to remember that you aren't cleaning the wood; you are cleaning the chemical finish on the wood. The same is true when you use general-purpose cleaners which are not pH neutral.

Since other cleaners are acids, they will break down the finish on the surface of your floor, and over time will reduce the shine and leave a dull appearance. In addition, most times when popular cleaning hacks are used there are chances of excess water on  It also doesn’t leave a very pleasant odor in your home!

Stick to products that are made specifically for hardwood floors. This will protect your finish to make your floors last a lifetime.

Bona has a range of hardwood floor cleaners that are pH neutral, environment friendly, and economical to use.

What To Do

  • Vacuum or sweep your floors regularly. General cleaning once every week is recommended.
  • Remove spills promptly, using your Bona Care Mop and Bona Care Floor Cleaner.
  • Place mats at exterior doors to trap sand and grit. Use area rugs in high traffic pathways, at the ends of steps, and near doorways. Avoid rubber backing or non-ventilated rugs.
  • Use protective pads or caps on furniture

What Not To Do

  • Don't let sand, dirt, or grit build up. They can act like sandpaper: abrading and dulling your floor finish.
  • Don't clean wooden floors with a wet mop. Too much water can cause the floor to swell, warp or turn grey.
  • Don't let your pets' claws go untrimmed. Proper claw trimming helps avoid scratches and gouges.
  • Don't walk on your wooden floors in high heels and keep your heels in good repair.
  • Don't use wax, oil soap, or other household cleaners on the finished wooden floor. They can dull the floor's finish and make refinishing difficult. 

Please contact us if you require any further details on how to take care of your wooden floors.

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