Cleaning hardwoods in your home

Cleaning hardwoods in your home

Homeowners have many surfaces in their houses that need cleaned and usually require different methods and cleaners. For many, wood makes up the majority of these surfaces.

Hardwood flooring is all the rage now, as well as custom cabinetry in the kitchen and bath. Furniture is often made of all wood or has exposed wood. Most homes also have trim around walls and ceilings as well as solid doors and shelves. Floors collect debris build-up from foot traffic, and cabinets and furniture collect dust. Each of these areas in the home requires special attention in the house cleaning regiment.

In order to properly protect your hardwoods, you might consider calling upon the services of a Los Angeles house cleaning company. Angie’s List member Amanda Russell recently hired Dennis Michaels of highly rated Mr & Mrs Mike and Son of Beverly Hills, Calif. to clean her one-story house, which included dusting of wood shutters, walls, blinds, kitchen cabinets and furniture.

“He went through every room with me very thoroughly and asked me what I wanted done in that room,” Russell says of Michaels’ cleaning. “He makes suggestions but won't do something unless you want him to.”

Russell says Michaels is an “expert on how to clean everything,” and bringing in a professional makes it easier for her to stay on top of dusting in between his visits.

If your hardwoods need cleaning in between the professionals’ visits, here are some tips that can help you keep your home’s hardwoods clean.


Many vintage and restored homes have floors such as oak, maple or exotic woods like Brazilian cherry. Soft ones like bamboo are also a popular choice since they are made from a renewable source. These floors can be cleaned by a daily sweep with a dust mop. Once a week, they can be damp mopped with a quality, liquid soap. There are also some cleaners that have gentle detergents and oils in them that will protect the wood’s natural finish. Older flooring that is stained or worn may be best refinished by a professional.

Trim, moldings and doors

Trim, moldings and doors can be dusted with a soft cloth, vacuumed once a week and cleaned with an oil soap. They can also be rubbed with a little furniture polish. Laminate trim and moldings can also be dusted or vacuumed once a week and shined with some light furniture polish. Hollow-core doors just need a weekly dusting and polishing as needed.


Cabinets can be a hefty initial upfront cost in any kitchen or bathroom remodel, so proper care is crucial. Cabinets in any room need weekly dusting with a soft cloth and a proper wash down with a cleaner. The type of cleaner depends on the finish of your cabinets. Those with coated surfaces might be able to withstand a common household cleaner better than those made of pure wood. Furniture oil might help to protect a wood cabinet’s finish. If the cabinets are laminate, all-purpose cleaner can be used weekly or as needed to keep the surfaces clean.


With a little preventive care, it is not difficult to care for furniture. Doilies, runners, hot pads and coasters should be placed strategically on them so that they are not stained or damaged by dampness, scratches or heat. Heirloom furniture needs an extra-gentle touch and may require periodic treatment, such as linseed oil or beeswax to preserve them. When in doubt, consult a professional.

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