Two Golden Rules for Cleaning Wood Floor

We’ve often asked for advice on cleaning wood floors.  There are two golden rules – use the correct product and don’t use too much water!

Wood is hygroscopic, which means that it will absorb water.  So, when you’re cleaning it’s important to using a well-wrung mop or cloth and to only dampen the surface slightly.  (As a benchmark, the film of water should dry within a minute.)  Some wood species are more sensitive to moisture than others, like hard maple and beech, so take extra care with these!

It’s also important to choose the right pH-neutral cleaning product.  Avoid abrasive and harsh cleaners, as well as polishes that will leave a slippery film.


For best results, we recommend FILACLEANER.

1.  Just dilute – 1:200 – using clean, luke-warm water.  Mop the surface and leave to dry; no rinsing’s required!

2.  For very dirty floors, increase the dilution to about 1:30 – 1:50.  Wipe the floor after the initial mop to remove any residue and then rinse with clean water.

For a fast clean, without water, try FILAPARQUET NET.  It’s a spray detergent for wood floors with a lacquer and oil pre-finishes.

1.  Just spray onto a clean, damp cloth and wipe the surface.  It dries really quickly and there’s no need to rinse!  Great for spot cleaning, when you’re in a hurry!

If you need more advice, just contact our UK Help Line on tel. 01584 877286 or visit


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