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Q. Can I use a mop to clean my hardwood floors?
John, Roseville

bona professional spray cleanerA. I'd really rather you didn't. Even small amounts of water can cause your floor to swell and cup over time and even a well-wrung sponge mop leaves visible water behind on the floor. Using an actual sponge on your hands and knees delivers much less water to the floor, but it seems cruel to recommend that cleaning method. A better option for day-to-day maintenance is to use a spray cleaner formulated for hardwood floors, immediately followed by a wipe with a dry cloth. Please, please do not use Orange Glo, Future, Mop&Glo or Murphy's Oil Soap because all of them can leave a residue that will make your floor impossible to recoat. I sell and use the Bona brand spray (click here to buy), and I particularly like using a micro-fiber mop to do the scrubbing part.  

If you really want to do a good, thorough scrubbing twice a year (especially in the winter) I recommend our Dirt Dragon, which is a mechanical scrubber that cleans the floor with a scrubbing solution and then immediately suctions the waste water off the floor. It's a dream for removing that late-February salt scum that keeps your floors from looking really clean.

For the full scoop on maintaining your hardwood floor, go immediately to our floor maintenance page.