How to Deep Clean Your Hardwood Floors

25 April 2023
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What's in This Guide?
Cleaning Items You'll Need.
Pro 35 CRB machine (Method one only)
A stiff deck brush (Method two only)
Warm water
Wet/Dry vacuum (Method two only)


Hardwood floors can be a beautiful enhancement to any home. While renowned for their cosy feel and long-lasting quality, it's crucial that you master the art of maintaining them.

Regular cleaning helps to remove dirt, dust, and grime that can scratch or damage the wood. Deep cleaning, on the other hand, helps to remove tough stains and dirt build-up that regular cleaning cannot remove.

In this tutorial, we will share some tips on how to deep clean or reset your hardwood floors like a pro does and a DIY deep clean - it will amaze you at how simple it is. The beauty of this method is that it only requires two to three items to bring back the shine to your hardwood floor.

So, Why Are Your Floors Still Dirty After Mopping?

Most likely, you're using the traditional technique of cleaning floors with a rag mop and detergent, which can lead to some problems.

This method causes the detergent and dirt to be transferred back into the bucket during each clean. Then, it is reapplied to the floor. This results in more dirt being embedded in the surface rather than removed with each pass of the mop.

The dirt and emulsification are in turn leaving a residue on the floor. This accumulates over time and leaves a thin layer of dirt and detergent on the floor.

Two Methods for Deep Cleaning Hardwood Floors and Restoring Their Shine

We start off by showing you how we professionally remove the build-up off hardwood floors followed by a DIY method you can easily do at home.

Sure, the DIY way to cleaning a hardwood floor will take extra time to complete, but it works!

Before You Start

There are two things you need to do before you can give your wooden floors a deep clean - regardless of the method you use:

  1. Clear the Floor
    Before you begin deep cleaning your hardwood floors, it’s essential to clear the area. This means removing any furniture, rugs, or objects that may obstruct your cleaning path. This step ensures you can clean every inch of the floor with no obstacles in the way. If you have any heavy furniture, it’s a good idea to use furniture sliders to move it around causing no damage to your floors (or back).
  2. Vacuum or Sweep
    The next step is to clear your floor of any loose debris or dirt. Use a microfiber mop, vacuum cleaner, or broom, to get rid of any dust, dirt, or pet hair that has gathered over time. Pay close attention to the corners, edges, and below furniture.

Method One: How We Professionally Clean Wooden Floors

In this method all we use is a Pro 35 CRB machine and some warm water. The Pro 35CRB has a contra rotating brush system that works as a hard floor scrubber. In other words, it has a very big and expensive deck brush.

Step One: Apply the Water
Apply water to the wood surface using a mop or spray bottle once you've finished vacuuming.

Step Two: Scrub and Extract
To remove the detergent and dirt from the floor, we agitate it with a special brush machine called the Pro 35 CRB machine. The machine will break the bond between dirt and detergent to the floor. The brushes agitate the gunk in the grooves while collecting the slurry using the ‘renovator’ system.

Method Two: DIY Hardwood Floor Clean

This is a method you can use yourself if you do not have any professional hardwood floor cleaning machinery.

Step One: Apply Water
Apply water to the wood surface using a mop or spray bottle once you've finished vacuuming.

Step Two: Scrub the Floor
After you've applied the water to your floors, use a stiff deck brush to scrub your floors. Do not apply too much pressure, as this can possibly damage your floors.

Step Three: Extract with a Wet/Dry Vacuum
The final step in deep cleaning your hardwood floors is to extract the slurry off the floor. Followed by allowing the floor to dry. Make sure to open windows or use fans to speed up the drying process.

Regular maintenance is important to keep your hardwood floors looking good. Sweep or vacuum the floor regularly to remove dirt and dust. Use a damp mop or cloth for spot cleaning. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive tools that can scratch or damage the wood.

Final Thoughts

This is pretty much how to clean the grime and detergent from your hardwood floor. Deep cleaning your wooden floors is an essential part of maintaining their beauty and durability.

By following these steps, you can deep clean your hardwood floors and keep them looking great for many years. You don’t need any soap or detergents, only plain water to reset the wood to look vibrant and shiny once again

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