How To Clean Hard Surface Floors

22 February 2017
 Categories: , Blog

You probably remember your mom or grandmother scrubbing their kitchen floors on their hands and knees using a bucket and a scrub brush, polishing the floors, then telling everyone to stay off of the floors until they were dry. If you've ever attempted to clean your floors this way, you probably realized what a huge chore it is, and you may have ended up with pain in your knees, back and arms. There is an easier way to clean your floors with the same results (or better) than scrubbing your floors on your hands/knees. See below for instructions on how to clean your hard surface floors.

Here's What You Need:

  • Electric floor scrubber
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. liquid dish soap
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2 gallons tap water
  • Spray bottle


  1. Combine the ingredients into a bucket, stirring to mix the ingredients evenly. Then add some of the mixture to a spray bottle. 
  2. Remove everything from your floors (chairs, decor and rugs), then sweep the floors with a broom or microfiber cloth to remove dust and dirt. You can also vacuum your floors, just be sure to turn off the beater bar to keep it from damaging your floors.
  3. Next, spray your floor in a small three foot section. Plug in your electric floor scrubber and begin scrubbing your floors. Continue working in small sections at a time until your floors are clean. If your floor scrubber has a spray attachment, you can forgo the spray bottle. Use a cleaner that is recommended by the manufacturer, or you can use the homemade cleaner.

If you don't have a floor scrubber, you can rent one from your local hardware or grocery store. Floor scrubbers come in a variety of sizes and some are on the market today for home use. You can find floor scrubbers that don't just scrub your floors clean, they will scrub, polish, wax and even vacuum - all in one machine. These machines will come at a cost, and if you aren't planning on using it very often, renting a machine instead may be the way to go.

You can also call a cleaning company to have all of this work done for you, and you can skip renting the machine altogether. Call a cleaning service, such as Wisconsin Scrub & Sweep, for an estimate to have your floors cleaned professionally and have the grout on your tile floor scrubbed (and back to the color it's supposed to be) and your hardwood floors shining like new again.