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Steam Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Steam Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Although hardwood flooring is easy to maintain with only a daily mop required, steam cleaning goes a long way in sanitizing and deodorizing it. This article provides a brief insight into its effectiveness, and the technique to use it.
HomeQuicks Staff
Hardwood flooring undoubtedly looks most elegant of all the available options. Although it involves very high initial investment, the results are often worth your money. Besides, it is also very light on maintenance. A daily care routine of sweeping and damp mopping is sufficient to keep it gleaming for years. However, at times you may need a little more than it. Growth of allergy causing microorganisms, or staining due to heavy foot traffic can only be cleaned, with the help of specialized cleaning mechanisms. Steam cleaning is one such way to clean hardwood floors thoroughly.


Steam cleaning kills bacteria and any other allergy causing microbes. This is not possible with the usual damp mopping. It also takes care of foul odors that might come from the flooring. In addition, it also inhibits any mold growth, and kills dust mites. This reduces many health problems in the household. Besides, cleaning hardwood floors with it is environment-friendly. This method does not make use of any cleaning agent or solution, let alone harsh chemicals; it only uses water to convert it into steam. However, while cleaning such floors with it, always make sure that the cleaner uses dry steam only; moisture can be detrimental to them, and make the problem of allergies worse.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors With It

Steam cleaner can be bought off any appliance store for about USD 100. These cleaners are available in different brands, all offering different capacities and temperature controls. WhiteWing Steamer, Bissell Steam Mop, and Sargent Steam are some good quality ones that are safe for homes. You can buy any of them for your home. While using one, it is important to follow manufacturer's instructions to the word, since different varieties of such equipment may have different mode of operation.

Usually, you will be required to sweep your hardwood flooring, prior to using this method. Fill the water in the steamer's water canister, up to the recommended level. Plug in the steamer. It will take about 5 to 10 minutes for it to heat up and convert water into steam. After you are done with all the settings and attachments, start it. Begin working from one corner of the room towards the other. Work only two square feet area at a time. After you are done with the entire room, detach it and put it away. Take a dry towel, and start wiping the area, which you just cleaned with it. This process ensures that you do not have any moisture left on the floor.

This cleaning method is only recommended for sealed and finished hardwood flooring. It should not be used to clean unfinished ones that have not been treated with polyurethane or varnish. If you do, the water will get inside the grains and make them swell. Needless to say, this can deteriorate your wooden flooring rapidly. Similarly, one should also not use it on laminate flooring for the same reason. Besides, it is also not recommended, if your finished hardwood has too many scratches, or is worn out at places. The water can easily seep through its scratches, and will never come back.

Thus, all in all, steam cleaning is a great way of restoring the shine of your hardwood flooring. However, if you are thorough with your daily cleaning routine, you will rarely need a steam cleaner for serving the underlying purpose.