How to Clean Cherry Wood Floors

Cherry wood floors are beautiful. They tend to have a deep color and gorgeous shine and are worth every penny. Except when you can’t keep them clean. 

Like most wood floors, cleaning cherry wood can be scary. You don’t know what could cause a bad reaction and damage the wood.

Fortunately, this guide will help you through the process. The two cleaning methods below are easy and will have your floors looking as good as new in no time. 

What this article covers:

How To Clean Brazillian Cherry Hardwood Floors With DIY Cleaner

how to clean brazilian hardwood floors

The first cleaning method we’ll cover will use a DIY home cleaning mixture. This method can be used to clean almost all types of hardwood floors and is an effective method to clean engineered wood floors. 

Step 1: Vacuum The Floor

The best way to clean any hardwood floors is to start with a good vacuum. Take your vacuum and run it all along your cherry wood floors. Take your time and make sure you get the dust and dirt from every little nook and cranny. 

This will make the cleaning process a lot easier and ensure you deep clean the hardwood floors instead of trapping sediment with water and cleaner. 

Step 2: Mix Your Cleaning Solution

Next, create your floor cleaning solution. 

There are two options for DIY cleaning solutions: 

  • Dish Soap & Water: Fill a bucket with warm water and add a small squirt of dish soap. You don’t have to use a lot of dish soap, just enough to create a few suds. Mix the warm water and soap solution, and move on to the next step. 
  • Vinegar & Water: Vinegar on its own isn’t good for cleaning wood floors because it can damage the wood. But if you dilute it with water, it makes for an effective cleaning solution. All you need to do is add 1 cup of vinegar to 7 to 9 liters of warm water. Stir and use it to clean. 

If you don’t feel like creating a cleaning solution, you can buy one at a store near you. Just make sure the solution cleans hardwood floors without leaving streaks or damaging the wood. But your best bet would be professional cleaning chemicals. 

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As an extra precaution, you can run the cleaning solution over a section of your floor to make sure it doesn’t lift anything important, like wax or varnish, which is meant to protect your floor. 

Step 3: Clean The Floor

It’s finally time to clean your floor. You can use either a terry cloth, a soft brush,  or a mop to clean the floor. It depends on how clean you want the floor to be. 

If you want your cherry wood floor to be spotless or you have years of accumulated grime, use the terry cloth or a soft bristle brush to clean the floor. Get comfortable, dip the brush or cloth in the cleaning solution, and start to clean the floor. 

Remember, it’s never good to be too hard on the floor as it can penetrate through the protective waxy layer. A deep clean like this is also only necessary once a year. 

If you don’t feel like spending the day cleaning your floor, you can just use a mop to clean it. There are many great mops to clean wood floors, ones that don’t require as much elbow grease as a full day of scrubbing. 

Same as with the cloth, dip the mop, squeeze out the excess moisture, and mop the floor from one side to the other. Rinse and repeat until the floor is clean. 

Step 4: Dry The Floor 

When you have cleaned the entire floor, wait for it to dry. If you want an extra clean floor, run over the surface with the mop and some clean warm water before letting it dry. 

If your home doesn’t get a lot of sunlight or the floor isn’t drying, an air mover will do the trick. It will create circulation that dries the floor much quicker. 

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Step 5: Repeat If Necessary

If the floor isn’t as clean as you want it, you can repeat the process. But, in our professional opinion, you’d be much better off trying commercial cleaning products to clean your cherry wood floors. 

How To Clean Brazillian Cherry Hardwood Floors With Commercial Cleaner

The next method is guaranteed to remove even the toughest dirt and grime from your cherry wood floors. 

Step 1: Vacuum The Floor

As before, start by vacuuming your cherry wood floor. Take your time to get all the grime and accumulated dirt. The cleaner you get the floor from vacuuming, the better your results will be. 

Step 2: Mix Your Cleaning Solution

Next, it’s time to find a cherry wood cleaning solution. We have some of the best products to clean wood floors and you can browse our top sellers for a detergent – and smell – that suits your home. They are safe to use and won’t leave any sticky residue on your floor. 

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Once you have found the cleaning solution you like, mix it according to the instructions and prepare to clean your cherry wood floors. 

Step 3: Clean The Floor

It’s time to clean your floor. Use a terry cloth, soft bristle brush, a mop, or the best machine to clean wood floors.

If you are looking for a deep clean, use the soft bristle brush or the terry cloth to clean the floor. Or you can use a mop to clean your floor. A flat mop is perfect for cleaning wood floors because they’re fast and don’t cause any damage to the wax or the finish. 

Step 4: Dry The Floor 

After you have cleaned the floor, run a clean damp cloth or mop over the floor to pick up excess cleaning solution and grime. When that’s done, let the floor air dry or add an air mover to the room for extra circulation. 

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Conclusion

When it comes to cleaning cherry wood floors, a lot can go wrong. Luckily, this comprehensive guide offers two effective and safe cleaning methods to get your cherry wood floor spotless and shining like new. 

Whichever cleaning method you choose, make sure to take your time, test the cleaning solutions, and be gentle with the wood. Professional cleaning tools are also your best bet. If you do that, your floor will be restored to its initial deep shine.

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