Tips for Mopping Timber Floors

Naturally beautiful to look at and great for those with allergies, timber is an increasingly popular flooring choice. But timber comes with its own set of cleaning quirks, so a little special care can go a long way towards keeping your floors looking top notch for longer.

When it comes to wood, too much and too hot water is a no-no and can ruin your floors! Excessive wet patches can stain timber flooring and can even result in expanded and warped boards. The correct mop and mopping technique will prolong the life and beauty of your wooden floors, protecting your investment and even your flooring warranty.

Take a look at our top tips for mopping timber floors:

1. Wring, Wring, Wring!

The mop needs to be as dry as possible, so keep wringing out as much moisture as you can until you feel confident the mop is only very slightly damp. Using a mop and bucket combination that has been designed for easy wringing will go a long way to making this easier for you. Your floors will also dry much faster too!

2. Follow the Grain

Mopping in the direction of the wood grain ensures embedded dirt is more easily picked up, making mopping easier and more effective.

3. Find a Solution

A mop water solution that is! Many people recommend using just water and vinegar. If you care about your floors, don’t add anything harsh to the mop water like bleach or ammonia. Using a dedicated wood floor solution or just a little soap in the mop water will ensure dirt is better lifted and bring back that beautiful timber gleam.

4. The Right Mop

With all the mops out there to choose from, what should you use? The good news is there are mops specifically designed for timber floors with the right features to help take care of your floorboards. Look for one that is labelled for timber, like the Vileda SuperMocio Floorboards mop, which has delicate non scratch microfibre with 3D loops to collect all the dust, hair and particles. This mop will also easily rinse particles into the mop water so they don’t stay on the mop and scratch your floors. Importantly, the SuperMocio for Floorboards wrings out more easily with 3x extra water release, meaning a drier mop for drier floors. As the mop head also fits onto your regular SuperMocio handle you can use multiple refills for your different floor types wihout taking up additional space.

What are your tips and techniques for mopping timber floors?

Comments

Roman Neel
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Hello helpmeclean team. It’s a nice article about Timber Floors mopping tips. Just last week I’ve read an article about “top-ten-best-vacuum-cleaner-for-hardwood-floors” from “http://bestdustbusters.com/top-ten-best-vacuum-cleaner-for-hardwood-floors/” Here’s some recommendation of some best vacuum cleaners. But I want a long lasting cheap “Steam mop”. Can you please recommend me one?

Thanks & hope to hear from you soon.

Aqua service
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VERY GOOD Tips for Mopping Timber Floors its Provide helpful info—

service Kent ro
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Thanks for sharing this nice post.

Eureka Forbes
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I think what I need is another cleanser, I don’t think vinegar can clean wood floors, and I have over and again wipes.

porosh
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Hello
Thanks for this article, this will help a lot of people with floating timber floors .
thanks again.

Dean
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Great tips. I am about to install our hardwood floors this coming week. Great timing on running across this post. Looking forward to practicing these suggestions. Thanks

Claudia
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We need to clean our solid Blackbutt floors which have faced harsh traffic due to home maintenance. This occurred over a period of about 10 months They were sealed prior to this about 15 months ago but now appear dull and dirty looking. Can you suggest the best product and method to use. Should we consider sanding back and resealing them.
Thankyou.
sorry I sent my incorrect email previously.

Claudia
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Hi I would really appreciate a reply to my email sent yesterday about cleaning my wood floor. Even a response telling me if you are unable to help. Thankyou
Claudia

Claudia
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We need our solid blackbutt stairs cleaned after it has had some extreme traffic of workmen/workboots dirt etc due to maintenance done in our home over a period of ten months. They were sealed prior to this work but now look dull and dirty. Can you please suggest the best product and method we should use. They were only installed and sealed about 16 months ago. Would it be better to sand and reseal them. Thankyou,

Ryan
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We have just moved into an apartment with a white matte finish timber floor (not sure what it is called). Today I found a dark mark that looks like moisture or something has soaked into it i.e. almost looks damp.

However no matter how much i scrub it it will not budge.

Any idea what this could be? Couls the floor not be finished or treated properly? Can it be removed?

Thanks!

Linda Bedolla
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Hi,
Thanks for sharing this nice post. I want to share 6 Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors.
1. Vacuum your floor every week
2. Watch the hairspray and the furniture polish
3. Keep out the rain
4. Remove residue with no-wax wood floor cleaner
5. Know the rules about using waxes and restorers
6. Protect high-traffic zones with area rugs

Regards,
Linda Bedolla

Robert H. Courtney
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I think what I need is a new detergent, I do not think vinegar can clean wood floors, and I have repeatedly mops.

Daphne
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I have a polished completion on my wooden kitchen floor. There are water spots that stay after I have cleaned. I have utilized a steam mop ( I won’t be utilizing it once more, now I have perused above);and I have utilized a typical mop with floor cleanser for cleaned floors; yet when the floor dries, the imprints remain. What would I be able to do

Abby Lohan
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Thanks for this article, this will help a lot of people with floating timber floors melbourne. Timber is not water resistant and will expand when wet and contract when it dries out. Do not believe brands who claim otherwise.

Jeanne Williams
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Brand new timber floor owner here! I’ll definetely keep those tips in mind! Thanks for sharing!

Kayla Robey
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Hi,
Thanks for sharing this nice post. I want to share some tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors. Such as:

1. Vacuum your floor every week
2. Watch the hairspray and the furniture polish
3. Keep out the rain
4. Remove residue with no-wax wood floor cleaner
5. Know the rules about using waxes and restorers
6. Protect high-traffic zones with area rugs

> Get more info at: http://vacuumcleanerlab.com/

Regards,
Kayla Robey

Delphine
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We have a polished floor & for some reason we seem to be getting scuff marks on the floor. I am thinking my partner uses vacuum cleaner which I refuse to use & only use dust mop. Any ideas how I can remove these scuff marks without having to pay for someone to come in & polish it as it has only been done in the last 6 months.

amy
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Am just wondering wats the best solution to remove furniture polish of wooden floors?

HelpMeClean
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Hi Amy, without knowing what type of wooden floors you have, the best thing we can suggest is to start gently with a damp microfibre cloth.

Dawn Potter
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I have a high gloss finish on my wooden kitchen floor. There are water spots that remain after I have mopped. I have used a steam mop ( I won’t be using it again, now I have read above);and I have used a normal mop with floor detergent for polished floors; but when the floor dries, the marks remain. What can I do.

HelpMeClean
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Hi Dawn, thanks for your comment.
Perhaps the detergent is leaving marks. Try using less or using none at all to see if that helps.

Ann
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Hi There,
Can I use kerosine mopping on my oiled timber deck for daily cleaning.
regards
Ann

HelpMeClean
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Hi Ann

Thanks for your comment.

Kerosene is not recommended on timber floors as it is a harsh product that can strip floors. Also we would not recommend daily mopping of a deck.

We would recommend checking with the timber supplier or installer for the correct care instructions.

Thanks, the HelpMeClean team

Joanne
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Try metho

Steve
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Wooden flooring demands good maintenance and you have to be very careful about your floor cleaner here. Let us observe some essential tips to remember while choosing your hardwood floor cleaner. Before using any wood floor cleaners one should take important precautionary measures which were specifically made for hardwood floors. The main goal of this or that cleaner should be protection of the floor. Remember to sweep or vacuum your wood floor before using any wood cleaner. The best wood floor cleaners are presented in a liquid form or in a paste. The latter don’t only clean the floor but also offer it a nice shine. Even though paste cleaners can be applied for most wood flooring, they don’t provide shine for laminate flooring. So, you can consider this type of flooring to be an exception n this respect. Get more info at : http://www.bringemhome.org/how-to-choose-a-wooden-floor-cleaner

Steam Cleaning Melbourne
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“Mopping in the direction of the wood grain ensures embedded dirt is more easily picked up, making mopping easier and more effective.” I really agree with you with this.

HelpMeClean
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Simple but effective!

none
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Thanks. Great tips!

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