Steam Mops & Hardwood Floors – What’s Up With The Streaking And Spotting?

I have 800 sq ft of recently refinished hardwood flooring. I use a stick to pick up cat hair, dust and the like, but I need some way to clean dirt and such that adheres to the surface. My floor guy told me that to mix a little dish soap and water in a spray bottle, lightly spay a cotton cloth and use that to clean the floors. I tried that a couple of times, but that’s a bit much work for me.
So I’ve been researching steam mops, focusing on the Bissell and Shark models. Most of the online reviews are positive, but I see some complaints of streaks and/or water spots. Anyone know if this is common or what can be done to prevent it? My floors are the color of honey and we have a satin polyurethane on them so even when clean, it’s not a high gloss, if this matters.
If there’s another wood floor safe option, I’d love to hear it!

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2 Responses to “Steam Mops & Hardwood Floors – What’s Up With The Streaking And Spotting?”

  • milsfloo:

    try going to you local true value and get a bottle of
    Bona Hardwood cleaner. comes in a kit with a spray bottle and mop. I leave one on all my jobs when complete. costs around 20 bucks and is really easy. all you have to do is spray a little on the floor and pull the swifter type mop across it. I wouldn’t use a steam mop on a wood floor it could put too much moisture into the wood and cause problems.

  • Thomas O:

    ours too had that problem. Ash floors with a high sheen that showed all the streaks and water drying spots. We used vinegar and water which did not work now we have found a homemade solution that works trouble is I don’t know whats in it!

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