How to Clean and Maintain Hardwood Floors

If there was a popularity contest between floor types inside the home, hardwood floors would be a clear winner, and with good reason. Their natural look add character make your home feel warm and inviting. 

But if you’re a hardwood floor owner, you’ve probably scratched your head trying to figure how to keep them clean and like new. While some suggest silly remedies like using hot tea to clean your floors, Flash has an easy-to-follow guide that gets you the best-looking floors and keeps your tea in your mug where it belongs.

How to clean and care for wood floors

The only problem with beautiful hardwood floors? People walk on them…and that means dirt.  With Flash, cleaning hardwood floors isn’t hard at all. But maintaining them requires special attention. Here are some tips to make sure they end up clean without damaging them.

  1. Clear up the floor before you mop. Clearing the way of any excess debris will make for smooth sailing (or mopping). Sweeping the floor or getting the vacuum cleaner out will pick up any dust and loose dirt.


  2. Mop the floor and stand up to daily dirt with Flash. You can safely use Flash products on hardwood floors. For a quick clean, try Flash Powermop. With just the right amount of solution, it breaks up tough, sticky messes, brings out the natural beauty of your floors and won’t damage them. Go with the grain to ensure the best clean possible.

Best way to clean wood floors: Our tips

Need further tips for wood floor care? See our tips for keeping your wood floors clean. 

  1. Sweep often — at least once a week. By sticking to this routine, you can clean your floors before dirt has time to collect on the surface.


  2. Unlike carpeting that collects allergens* and keeps them around, hardwood floors can be easily wiped clean of dust and allergens*.


  3. Accidents happen — especially spills. But if you’re prepared to clean them immediately you can prevent stain damage to your floors and grout lines.


  4. Vacuuming is also an option to get your floors clean. Be sure to use a vacuum that has a setting for hardwood flooring.


  5. Make sure you’re using the right wood floor cleaner for your hardwood floors. Always look for manufacturer reassurances or hardwood specific products.

Need a quick clean? Try using Flash Speedmop for an easy, speedy clean with little effort. Because who needs more steps in the cleaning process anyway? 

*Common inanimate allergens from cat and dog dander and dust mite matter