Cleaning your hardwood floors requires the right tools and cleaner to prevent build-up and streaking. With all the different types of cleaners and myths about the proper way to care for wood floors, be sure you are using the most effective possible formula that is safe not only for your floors, but your family and the environment.
Streaks usually come from a combination of possible residue in the cleaner and existing dirt on your floor. Many cleaners on the market can be used on multiple surfaces and claim they are safe for wood; however, hardwood is a sensitive surface and needs to be treated with care. Stay clear of multi-surface cleaners, oil-soaps and steam cleaners and stick to formulas that are created specifically for a wood surface. Also, be sure your dusting and cleaning pads are not contaminated with other products that can leave a residue. Thoroughly rinse and ring out your cleaning pad before and during the cleaning process.
Microfiber is an effective option for either dry dusting or wet cleaning to avoid streaking on your floors. By using electrostatic action (highlighted in the image above), it literally lifts dirt off the floor, instead of just pushing it around. It is also much healthier than other options, like antimicrobial pads, because again, it lifts dust, dirt and germs, instead of just killing them and pushing them around your floor.