Wood floors may look fragile and hard to care for, but nothing could be further from the truth. A well-maintained one can pretty much withstand the abuse pets, kids, spills and track-in dirt can bring. In fact, hardwood floors are pretty easy to maintain. Regular vacuuming is the best thing you can do because it removes the fine, gritty, abrasive dust that can scratch the finish. Next, use products that both clean and protect the finish, so it continues to resist the wear and tear your family dishes out. Even though it’s relatively simple to clean wood floors, choosing the right product to suit your needs can help get the job done faster and easier.
That’s where the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Cleaning Lab comes in: we test hundreds of soaps, sprays and stain removers every year to find the best cleaning products, including wood floor cleaners. When we test