General Hardwood Floor Info

Cleaning Floors While Pregnant

Posted June 19, 2017

Is It Safe to Clean Floors While Pregnant?

The quick answer: yes. Most general housework is safe for pregnant women. In fact, light, physical activity is encouraged by doctors. With floor care, concerns are raised with moving heavy objects or putting extra stress on a mother’s body. However, hardwood floor care doesn’t need heavy vacuums—a lightweight mop or broom is sufficient for great results. A mop or broom provides enough reach to avoid any awkward bending or squatting to clean the floors.

One thing to remember when cleaning floors while pregnant is to take breaks, if needed. It’s best to clean sections of floor rather than tackling the entire floor in one go. If there are any concerns about hardwood floor care and cleaning while pregnant, it’s always a good idea to consult a doctor first. 

What Floor Cleaner Is Safe for Baby?


There are many baby safe cleaning products out there, and there are options available for products safe for pregnant women. For floor care and general household maintenance, natural, non-toxic cleaners are perfect for cleaning house with the safety of mother and child in mind. When possible, look for an AAFA certified cleaner from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. AAFA certified cleaners are effective, gentle cleaners that don’t have harmful irritants that can cause discomfort for mama and baby.

Bona’s line of free & simple® products were the first wood floor care cleaners to be AAFA certified.

Other green, eco-friendly cleaning alternatives are available as well. It’s best to read all instructions and labels to make sure that you have a baby safe cleaning product.

Tips for Cleaning While Pregnant

With the proper precautions, most cleaning products are safe for pregnant women. To increase safety and peace of mind, consider these precautions:

  • Make sure the space being cleaned is properly ventilated. Open windows, doors or use fans for easy breathing.
  • Use gloves, masks or other protective clothing to minimize skin contact with chemicals.
  • Don’t use plug-in air fresheners. The all-day scents can be an irritant to a mom-to-be.
  • Minimize the use of sprays to cut down airborne chemicals. Instead, pour cleaner on a cloth and wipe.

For more tips and tricks to keep your home clean during this time, check out our collection of advice and tips from our Bona loyal moms!

Bona free & simple® Hardwood Floor Cleaner is hypoallergenic and AAFA certified to be a floor cleaner safe for baby. Check out our other products to get the best cleaners and mops available to keep your floors looking great. Bona products are specially designed to protect your family, floors and the environment.