What do you use to clean your hardwood floors? I've tried Bona, Orange Glo, Swiffer Wet, etc. Nothing seems to make them shiny clean, they always look dull. We have little ones and a dog, so suggestions with those things considered would be welcome! Thanks!
Our floors a natural ash with a poly finish. I simply use a damp cloth and dry as I go. I have done this for 26 years.
When I had wood floors I always used Murphy's Oil. Everyone would say you must really work hard to keep these floors looking like this. I would say uh uh, not me I use Murphy. I don't even know if they still sell that. But I loved the commercial where all the ladies were cleaning the church with Murphy's.
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Murphy's oil soap is NOT a good thing to use on most wood floors now.
They are usually finished with a polyurethane, and the oil soap does nothing but leave a greasy haze on the finish which can degrade it after awhile, especially if you do not rinse it clean and dry afterward.
The fact that your floor is not shiney after cleaning, is no doubt more due to the finish gloss than what any cleaner can accomplish. A mild dilution of white vinegar in warm water and a towel to dry, will clean soils from the surface without leaving a residue. If you want more of a shine you may have to consider having the floor refinished with a glossier varnish.
We have a medium stained maple and the installer said to use Bruce cleaner. I vacuum first and then clean them with Bruce and a Quickie padded mop once a week and they look great. Had to do it every day when we had my son's dog because of shedding but it was still easy to maintain.
I use Bona and I also use a steam mop. If I'm out of Bona, I've used white vinegar and water. NEVER Murphy's -- my floor refinisher said that was NOT GOOD! I must admit that I thought my floors were clean until I got the steam mop . . . wow! Couldn't believe how "black" the mop head was!
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The steam mop is great for wood floors and tile, I love it.
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