How to Clean Hardwood Floors Before Adding Polyurethane


Hardwood floors are costly and should be maintained properly. To protect the flooring, a clear polyurethane coating is often added to seal the flooring. This reduces wear and tear and also adds a protective barrier that prevents water and moisture from seeping into the wood. Before applying the coat of polyurethane, clean the floors with a safe cleaning solution that cleans thoroughly without leaving behind residue.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Mop
  • Sweep the floors with a broom to remove all loose buildup and debris.

  • Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 1 gallon warm water in a bucket.

  • Dip the mop into the bucket, wring the mop out and wipe across the wood floors. Follow the natural direction if the hardwood grain while you clean.

  • Let the hardwood air dry entirely before applying the polyurethane.

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