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cleaning hardwoods

We got prefinished engineered hardwood(Asian Walnut) floors last fall. Beautiful. The ppl at the store said not to mop them. Only sweep or if something sticky gets on them wipe with a damp rag.

Are you kidding me? I need to CLEAN my floors. Sweeping only gets you so far. Although they said not to swiffer, I do. I have a baby, come on. I was wondering if I could use a steam vac? Anyone have any experience with these on hardwoods? Any suggestions?


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Re: cleaning hardwoods

  • My mom uses Bona and she LOVES it. Heres the link.

  • When we had the hardwood put in he said we could use Bruce's. It can be found at Home Depot or Lowe's. There is a starter kit with the brush, pads, and spray. Then there are individual refills for each.


  • The people at the flooring store are shouldn't use a mop/water when cleaning it. Before, they used to tell you to use a damp mop to clean the floor, but the issue is that people's definition of "damp" varies a lot.

    The manufacturer of your hardwood should have a cleaning kit. But I second the Bona kit. The company that makes Bona also makes the finishing coating that is applied to most hardwoods. If you have a stubborn stain that you need to get out, just spray the Bona cleaner on there and let it sit for 5-10 minutes then clean it with the terry cloth mop head.

    ETA: You shouldn't use a Swiffer. Or a Steam Vac. If you do, you may end up having issues with your floor in a few years (for example, you may see cupping or bowing in your floor because of the heightened level of moisture you're putting in the floor). If you do encounter problems, I highly doubt that the store you purchased from, or the manufacturer will back up your claim because they do not consider the Swiffer or Steam Vac as a proper cleaner. Just a heads up. Coming from someone that works in flooring, I've seen it happen. We're yet to find a hardwood company that warranties their product while using either product. If you find one, I'd love to know though..we get people coming in all the time asking about the same products.

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