Tips For Washing Wood Floors With Pine-Sol

So, your house has beautiful wood flooring and you want to keep it looking pristine. Hardwood is a beautiful feature of a home, but it also requires diligent maintenance to preserve that smoothness and shine. You want to be sure you’re using a product that’s both safe and effective for your hardwood floors. Pine-Sol is a great solution for keeping your flooring spic and span — as long as you know how to do it correctly.

Pine-Sol for Wood Flooring

Since 2010, Pine-Sol has been advertising their solution as safe for hardwood floors. Although you may have already known Pine-Sol is good for cleaning wood floors (and that it smells great), do you know the most effective way to use it? To help, we have some tips for keeping those floors looking great with Pine-Sol.


First things first: you want to be sure you’re using a cleaner that’s safe for your floor finish. Use caution if your floors are especially worn or are un-waxed or un-sealed. (If you’re unsure, generally if you can run your finger across the surface with no smudge, your floor is sealed.)

If you want to be extra cautious, we would recommend testing with a bit of the mixture on a rag or sponge and using on just a small spot of the flooring. Watch closely to make sure the surface cleans fine with no adverse effects before proceeding.

Pre-Cleaning Prep

What you do before the actual cleaning is as important as the cleaning itself. Here are something you definitely want to do before cleaning your floor with Pine-Sol: Clean up any loose particles.

You don’t want to deal with extra dirt or dust once you add the liquid and begin cleaning. Use a broom, vacuum, or damp cloth to do a quick initial clean.Prepare the Pine-Sol mixture. That’s right — no adding the solution directly to the whole floor! It’s too strong for that. You’ll want to mix 1/4 cup of the Pine-Sol for each 1 gallon of water used.

Cleaning With Pine-Sol

Once you’ve accounted for the pre-cleaning tips above, it’s time to begin making those floors shine. Hopefully by now you’ve read the directions on the Pine Sol bottle itself (don’t put all of the pressure on us!), but there are a few extra steps to keep in mind while cleaning:

  • Watch the amount of water; too much is really bad for wood flooring.
  • Make sure the cleaning tool (towel, mop, etc) you’re using is damp with the Pine-Sol solution and not completely soaked. Also, take care to not leave any puddles of water behind.
  • DO use the undiluted mixture for stubborn stains. For areas that just won’t go away with normal cleaning, squeeze some Pine-Sol right from the bottle onto a sponge and gently scrub until the spot is clean.

Now that you’ve got some extra tips under your belt for cleaning with Pine-Sol, you should be ready to tackle those hardwood floors with more confidence knowing you can keep them both safe and beautiful. Happy Spring cleaning!

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