Come from a variety of woods including walnut, hickory and cypress, just to name a few, dark hardwood floors require regular cleaning to make it last forever. Determine if your floors are finished, natural or waxed before cleaning your dark hardwood floor. You can start cleaning your floors the proper way without damaging the wood or finish once you know this.
They tend to show dirt and dust more than lighter floors, is the main problem with all dark hardwood floors whether it is finished, natural and waxed. Sometimes two or three a week, they need regular dusting. Mop the dark hardwood floor by using a dust mop. As that will make your floors slippery and dangerous, do not use furniture polish or dust spray. In fact, do not use anything on your mop for your regular dusting; the dust will be picked up by a good mop, when you are done, just shake it outside. You can use a mop that uses disposable pads for your dark hardwood floors such as Swiffer.
The type of dark hardwood floor that you have in your home which it is finished, waxed or have no protection at all should be determined first. Place a couple drops of water on your floor in an inconspicuous spot. Your dark hardwood floors types are natural and have no protection if the drops soak in or turn the wood even darker. Otherwise, your dark hardwood floors types are either finished or waxed if the water beads up and stays there for a few minutes. Take a paper clip or your fingernail to scrape the floor; your floors are waxed if you scrape up some clear material then your floors are finished if not.
Cleaning Finished Floors
Murphy’s Oil Soap is the best way to clean your dark finished hardwood floors. While restoring its beautiful natural look, this also will lift away the dirt and grime. Use the “squirt and mop” from Murphy’s Oil Soap variety. Take a damp mop with a sponge head (not the dust mop) and mop your floors once some of this product has squirted on your floor. Rinse or dilute the product is not needed.
Mix ½ cup of white vinegar per one gallon of warm water in a bucket for a homemade cleaning agent. This way is not require a rinse, just mop your dark hardwood floor by dipping in your mop and squeeze out the excess.
Cleaning Natural and Waxed Floors
The only way to clean your dark waxed hardwood floor other than dust mopping your floor as mentioned above is by spot cleaning it with fine steel wool (no. 1 or 0). Available at your home improvement store, floor wax is needed to re-wax the spot; just take a little bit of floor wax to do re-wax. Afterwards, you need to buff the area with a clean rag to bring back the shine of your dark waxed hardwood floor.
Without the worry of damaging your dark hardwood floor, consider getting your floors finished to make cleaning easier if your floors are not treated at all. Dust as mentioned above in the meantime. Gently rub your unfinished dark hardwood floors by putting a small amount of mineral spirits on a clean rag until they are clean.