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How to Clean Timber Floors in 2024

Timber floors are a timeless addition to any home, offering warmth, elegance, and a natural feel that many homeowners cherish. However, maintaining the condition of these floors requires a bit of know-how and care.

As we move through 2024, it’s essential to stay updated with the best practices for cleaning and preserving your timber flooring. This guide provides you with the latest tips and techniques to ensure your floors remain stunning and durable for years to come.

Why Timber Floors Need Special Care

Timber floors are renowned for their great looks and longevity, but they are also prone to scratches, water damage, and wear if not properly cared for. Unlike tile or carpet, timber floors can warp, stain, or lose their finish when exposed to excessive moisture, harsh cleaning agents, excessive direct sunlight or physical abrasions. Understanding the unique needs of timber flooring is the first step toward effective maintenance.

Essential Supplies for Cleaning Timber Floors

Before diving into the cleaning process, ensure you have the right tools and products on hand. For 2024, the focus is on eco-friendly and wood-safe cleaning solutions that won’t harm your floors or the environment.

  • Always adhere to any coating brand or system/flooring product specific cleaning instructions. By not using the specified cleaning solution for your finished floor, you may void any warranty on your floor.

Essential supplies include:

  • A soft-bristle or microfiber duster
  • A vacuum designed for hardwood floors (with a hardwood setting)
  • A pH-neutral wood floor cleaner (if you have a polyurethane coating) – the Bona Care Wood Floor Cleaner is a good option
  • A microfiber mop for damp mopping like the Bona Spray Premium Mop

Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Timber Floors

Daily Dusting and Debris Removal

Begin your floor care routine with daily dusting or vacuuming to remove dust, dirt, and debris. This step prevents the accumulation of grit that can scratch and dull the surface of your timber floors. Use a soft-bristled attachment when vacuuming to avoid any abrasions.

Weekly Cleaning

Once a week, give your floors a deeper clean with a damp microfiber mop and a suitable wood floor cleaner. Ensure the mop is well-wrung to avoid introducing too much moisture to the wood. This regular cleaning helps remove grime that daily dusting might miss and maintains the floor’s natural shine.

Monthly Deep Cleaning

For a thorough cleanse, engage in a monthly deep cleaning routine. Use a slightly more intensive wood floor cleaner, paying special attention to high-traffic areas and any stubborn stains. Always follow the product instructions to avoid damaging the wood finish.

Annual Maintenance

Consider annual maintenance to tackle any wear and tear that regular cleaning cannot address. This might include professional polishing, resealing, or minor repairs to scratches and dents. Regular professional maintenance ensures your timber floors remain in excellent condition.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Avoid common cleaning mistakes that can damage your timber floors:

  • Never use steam cleaners or wet mops, as excessive moisture can warp the wood.
  • Steer clear of harsh chemicals and abrasives that can strip the finish.
  • Avoid dragging furniture across the floor to prevent scratches.

Advanced Tips for 2024

Stay ahead of the curve with these advanced tips:

  • Opt for eco-friendly cleaners that are specifically designed for wood floors.
  • Invest in robotic vacuum cleaners with soft brushes for daily dusting without the effort.
  • Consider using felt pads under furniture legs to protect your floors from scratches.


Caring for your timber floors doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following this guide, you can keep your floors looking their best and ensure they last for many years. Remember, regular maintenance is key to preserving the beauty and integrity of your timber flooring.

If your timber floors require professional attention or you’re looking to install new wood flooring, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experts are here to help with all your flooring needs.