The Best Method for Cleaning Oak Floors

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The Best Method for Cleaning Oak Floors
Cleaning your oak floors with the wrong products may ruin the oak finish. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Oak floors have a natural shine that adds beauty to your home. Proper maintenance ensures the floors look as good as they did when first installed. According to the World Floor Covering Association, the best method to clean the floors is with a professional cleaning product.

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Sweep the floors first, removing any dried debris from the floors and then vacuum using a vacuum without a beater bar. Mop the floors with a professional wood floor cleaning product from the manufacturer or retailer of your oak floors. The World Floor Covering Association recommends a terrycloth mop, which has a softer surface than a traditional mop head.


Do not use any type of cleaner that contains ammonia or any form of diluted ammonia on the oak floors. The ammonia causes the finish to look dull or brittle and may make it difficult to restore the floors later.


To maintain the look of your oak floors, lay down carpets or area rugs around the rooms. Place the rugs in high traffic areas, including the area near the front door, where people walk over the floors frequently.

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