- Vacuum cleaner or broom
- The best mop for wood floors
- Hardwood floor cleaner
- pH Neutral soap
- Floor restorer or polish
Now that you have the gear ready, you need to set up a cleaning schedule to make sure your floors stay nice and tidy every day:
Daily tasks – Vacuuming or sweeping main areas
Your main daily chore should be going over the main areas with a vacuum cleaner or broom to clean up all the dust, dirt, lint, and hair that accumulate throughout the day.
Not only does this leave your home looking tidy, but it also helps prevent tiny scratches caused by particles of sand or dirt being dragged along the floor. You don’t have to go over every nook and cranny, save that for when you have more time.
Weekly tasks – Wet moping 1-2 times a week
On the weekend, and perhaps once more during the week if you had lots of people over, you should mop the floors. Use the best mop for hardwood floors that you’ve chosen from our list, and go over the floor, one small section at a time.
At this stage, you'll want to move some furniture around and clean the less accessible areas, to prevent dust and dirt from building up. Be sure to vacuum or sweep up the dirt before moping, and use the appropriate cleaning products.
Monthly and yearly tasks – Use floor restorer to bring the finish back to life
After a few months, you might notice some scuffs or stains that are too tough to handle by simply going over them with a mop. You’ll want to get down and really work on them using the rough side of a sponge and some baking soda.
If the finish has gone a bit dull, you’ll also want to apply a good floor restorer top give it back some of its luster. If there are any large cracks, you may even need to remove and replace an entire board every once in a while.