Hardwood floors: how to deep clean?

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  1. rivan

    rivan Diamond Member

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    Two dogs, two kids under 6. Our hardwood floors throughout the house need a nice deep cleaning. Using a mop isn't great because it's impossible to get all the dirty water up, so I'm looking at something like this. It's only getting 3/5 stars though

    Anyone have anything they'd HIGHLY recommend for ~2000 SF of hardwood? Consumer reports doesn't have much to say on the subject.
     
  2. shiner

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    Nearly 3900 square feet of wood floor in our house. Use Bona and it works great.
     
  3. rivan

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    We have one of those; it works very well for the normal cleanings, but I'm looking for something less "wipe" and more "scrub".
     
  4. Miramonti

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    I wish I could remember the brand of hard wood floor cleaner that I used to use, which was specifically for hard wood floors. It came in a dark green bottle and did a great job, just like what shiner linked. That's the best method for cleaning hardwood floors while not damaging or scratching them at the same time.
     
  5. hanoverphist

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    i have a nice kenmore carpet shampooer that also does floors. not sure on hardwood, but on my tile it would clean the grout as well as the tile. it even had a squeegee attachment to help vacuum up the excess water. at the time i got it, i had 3 kids ages 3,3 and 5 as well as 2 dogs. my floors were filthy on a regular basis, even with shampooing every month. make sure you get one that heats the water, they work way better
     
  6. shiner

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    The Bona should work fine for you. Our floors deal with the wife and I, two messy boys and a 96lb dog. After a good cleaning the floors look good as new.
     
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    You don't want "dirty" water on your floor, so you need something like a carpet cleaner for wood floors? Back in the day when I worked as a summer custodian we had a great big contraption that would spray, scrub, and suck the dirty water off tile and linoleum floors.

    Personally I'm awfully reluctant to let too much water touch my floors. A few times a year I will mop with a mild lysol solution and then rinse mop it with warm water.
     
  8. rivan

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    Well that's what the thing I linked seems to do - spray a little water/solution down, scrub it a little, then vacuum it back up into a different tank. I'd have ordered it already, but for the reviews.

    Ideally, I'd be scrubbing with, like, a damp cloth or something. But I'll be damned if I'm going to damp cloth even the traffic areas, much less the whole floor.
     
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    Bruce

    That's what I use and it works great. No kids or pets though.
     
  10. Miramonti

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    Voila. That's it, loved the stuff.
     
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    I would think a carpet shampooer would be fine. There is a setting for no carpet floors. There's a scrubing brush and it will put down a water/soap mixture, scrub it and vacuum the "dirty" water right up. I don't have hard wood floors but love my carpet cleaner.
     
  12. Miramonti

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    Technically water is a no-no for hardwood floors, even tho some people use it because they don't want to buy or fuss with more expensive cleaning products.
     
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    I just pay someone every other week. I leave a check on the counter, and when I come home from work, my place is spotless.

    Very easy.