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There's no denying the natural beauty of hardwoods. Aside from its timeless, versatile appearance, wood flooring increases home values more than any other floor-coving material. In some cases, solid hardwood planks can last for an entire century—that is, if they're properly maintained.
So, how can you ensure your floors hold up for decades and continue looking as gorgeous as ever? Sanding and refinishing are part of the equation, but in between, you need to clean your hardwoods regularly. Here are the best hardwood floor cleaners currently on the market.
Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner is a high-quality solution that checks all the boxes. Thanks to the handy spray bottle, it's easy to apply the fast-drying formula in an even layer. Then it gently cleans your floors while effortlessly eliminating dirt, dust, and stuck-on grime.
As the hardwood floor cleaner to rival all hardwood floor cleaners, Bona leaves your hardwoods with a stunning natural sheen and no streaks or residues. Plus, the low-VOC, water-based solution is GREENGUARD GOLD-certified, meaning it's safe for you, your family, your pets, and the planet.
On a budget? Reach for a bottle of Murphy Oil Soap. This classic wood cleaner has been a household staple for over 100 years, and it can help your floors last just as long. You can use it for deeper cleans or regular refreshers. Either way, your hardwoods will emerge with a natural shine, and your home will have a fresh, comforting scent.
The concentrated solution mixes with water. This makes it last longer than most other cleaners, adding to its affordability and overall value. Aside from hardwoods, it can be used to clean tile, linoleum, vinyl, and other flooring materials.
If you're open to splurging on a truly efficient solution, you might want to think outside the box. Instead of a bottled cleaner, how about a full-on upright powered floor cleaner, like the Bissell SpinWave? With a 28-ounce water tank, built-in power-spin mop pads, an adjustable spray trigger, and an effective cleaning formula (included), this powerful yet quiet product pulls out all the stops.
The SpinWave comes with soft-touch pads for gentle cleaning, as well as scrubby pads for tougher, stuck-on messes. At just 9.5 pounds, it's notably lightweight and easy to maneuver. You don't have to get down on the floor to clean your hardwoods, and you can reveal their organic beauty without much elbow grease.
Method Squirt + Mop Wood Floor Cleaner stands out for its natural formula. The plant-based, biodegradable, wax-free solution cleans with a blend of water, coconut oil, organic solvents, and baking soda.
Just squirt it onto your hardwoods and mop away to reveal clean, shiny, deodorized planks. When you're finished, you'll be left with a pleasant—though not overpowering—almond scent.
Another natural option we're loving is Naturally Dirt-Destroying Floor Cleaner from Better Life. It safely cleans solid wood floors with a plant-based blend of soapbark and lemon, which are surprisingly effective at tackling grease and grime. You can squirt Better Life directly onto your hardwoods to clean them—no rinsing needed.
The green, biodegradable formula doesn't have any VOCs (volatile organic compounds), surfactants, petroleum, dyes, or synthetic fragrances. Plus, this eco-friendly wood floor cleaner comes in recyclable packaging.
If you're looking for a heavy-duty solution, pick up a bottle of Zep Commercial. This professional-grade floor cleaner is designed for high-traffic industrial spaces, but that doesn't mean you can't use it at home.
The powerful formula is ideal for regular cleanings, and it effectively removes stains, spots, and scuffs from hardwoods or laminate. Just spray it on, mop your floors, and watch as Zep restores their shine, leaving only a light scent in its wake.
Wood floors need to be waxed from time to time, and the original SC Johnson Paste Wax is all you need when duty calls. The hard-finish wax blend is a go-to for restoring even the most worn wood planks.
SC Johnson's multi-purpose formula deep-cleans hardwood flooring and gives the material an ultra-rich, satiny sheen. You can use it on wood furniture, leather, metal, cork, and vinyl too.
When it's time to polish your hardwood floors, you'll want to have a bottle of Orange GLO on hand. The all-star floor polish is intended for monthly use and helps keep your floors in tip-top shape. It removes dirt, dust, grime, and scuffs while filling in scratches and leaving a shiny, protective, water-resistant finish.
Designed specifically for solid wood, it gently cleans and polishes without dulling the material or creating a residue. If the name didn't tip you off, Orange GLO also graces your home with a light yet invigorating orange scent.
The all-around best option is Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray on account of its gentle yet effective low-VOC formula that not only cleans but creates a stunning natural sheen. However, if you're on a budget, you can't go wrong with the fresh-smelling, long-lasting Murphy Oil Soap Concentrated Wood Cleaner.
This roundup was written by Theresa Holland, a Portland-based homeowner and professional writer specializing in cleaning solutions, organizational products, housewares, and home goods. You can find more of her home-related writing on MyDomaine.