A hardwood floor made of maple, birch or hickory gives your home a rustic appearance and is easy to maintain. Although it's more expensive, it adds to the resale value of your home. Hickory and other hardwoods used for floors are vulnerable to damage if left uncleaned; dust and debris can eat away at the wood finish, making it more vulnerable to wear and tear from foot traffic. Cleaning your floor regularly delays the deterioration of your finish and makes the wood last longer.
Things You'll Need
Hardwood cleaning solution
Sweep all dust from the floor.
Vacuum the floor to pick up anything you missed.
Make a mixture of 2 gallons of water and a half-cup of hardwood cleaning solution in a bucket.
Dampen the mop by dipping the tip of it in the bucket of cleaning solution mixture and wringing it out. Don't soak the mop or the floor; as water makes wood expand and possibly crack or splinter.
Mop to pick up any excess dust and allow the floor to dry.
Avoid using substances that are highly acidic or alkaline such as vinegar or bleach. You should use neutral-pH solutions to avoid reacting with and damaging the finish. This applies especially to polyurethane finishes.