How to Clean a Hardwood Floor With Dish Soap

Hardwood floors are an elegant feature in any home.

Clean a Hardwood Floor With Dish SoapClean a Hardwood Floor With Dish Soap
They're also the most prone to wear due to constant foot traffic. Regular care is required to keep your floors in good condition, but you don't need to hire professional cleaning services. With a little effort and the everyday cleaning supplies you keep around the home, you can keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful.

Mix a 1/4 cup of dishwahsing soap with a bucket of warm water.

Dip your mop in the bucket of soapy water. Wring it out before mopping to ensure you don't drip excess water onto your hardwood floor.

Mop your hardwood floor with the soapy water. Clean the entire hardwood surface of your floor, including corners and less-trafficked areas.

Mop again with clean water. This will rinse your hardwood floor of any soap residue.

Buff your hardwood floor with a dry, clean cloth. This will remove any excess water and polish the wood to a clean, streak-free shine.

Things You Will Need

  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Clean cloth
  • Dish soap
  • Hardwood floors


  • Use a touch of baking soda on a damp cloth to buff out any scuff marks on your hardwood floor


  • Don't use abrasive cleaners such as ammonia on your hardwood floors

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