Cleaning unsealed wood floors is a delicate task that can deter even veteran homeowners, as the risk of damage is very real. However, using the right tools and a little care, you can leave your untreated floors looking stunning, and here you’ll learn how!
Step #1. Sweep and clear the floor
Most cleaning tasks are not properly done without dusting first. However, before the sweeping part, pick up every object from the floor that could obstruct your dusting duties. This way, you won’t be dragging and pushing around things that could scratch or dent the floor.
Also, it’s best if you use a microfiber dust mop to sweep if the head is small enough to reach every corner of your home. Alternatively, you can solve the issue by using a vacuum cleaner with a wand attachment.
Step #2. Make a DIY cleaner with dish soap
Although store-bought cleaners are safe to use on many surfaces, you should keep harsh chemicals away from your unsealed floors. Instead, fill a bucket with water and a bit of mild dish soap. This product is strong enough to tackle the dirt while being soft on wood.
Can’t you use other store-bought cleaners, then?
Many blogs recommend some well-known products to clean raw wood. However, most of those cleaners are only suited for sealed floors, while others will leave your floors oily and stain them in the long run. If you find a product claiming to work on unfinished wood, spot-test it first.
Step #3. Mop your floor
Once everything’s ready, grab your mop and dip it into the DIY solution. Be sure to wring the mop well, so it’s only slightly dampened, as excess water will make the wood swell.
Mop along the wood grain for better cleaning—this will help you to get the dirt behind little ridges or inside narrow slits. Also, to further reduce the chances for wood to absorb water, mop the floor in sections and dry it immediately before going to the next area.
Step #4. Get rid of stubborn stains (optional)
Sometimes, sweeping and mopping won’t eliminate all the dirt. Follow these indications if you’re dealing with tough spots:
- For most stains. Dampen a cloth with mineral spirits and wipe until tough spots disappear. Don’t forget to use rubber gloves and ventilate the area.
- For soot stains. Wipe away the stain with a dry cleaning sponge. You can slice any side to keep cleaning if the sponge gets dirty. Once you finish, mop the area again.
- For sticky spots. When there’s gum or adhesive residue on your floors, put a bag with ice cubes over the spots. Once the residue is hardened, remove it carefully with a plastic scraper (or anything with a plastic blade).
Is it safe to use a steam mop on unsealed wood floors?
You should never use a steam mop to clean your unsealed wood floors. These devices heat water to release steam, which could help you with tough grime, but high temperatures and moisture are big no-nos for your floor.
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