How to Easily Clean Your Hardwood Floors – Dog Owners Need This!

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Is your dog a messy eater? Mine sure is. He doesn’t like eating out of a dog dish. He takes the food out piece by piece and carries it to another spot in the house to eat. We joke that he orders his food “to go.” I started putting his food on a placemat and now he scatters it all over the floor and prefers to eat it that way.
If you have been spending too much time cleaning your wood floor, see my tips:How to Easily Clean Your Hardwood Floors - Dog Owners Need This!
He sure has his quirks, but then again don’t we all?


We are so smitten with this little guy that we don’t mind. At least until we step on a piece of dog food with bare feet. That is pretty gross. We’ve all done the “dog food dance” a few times.
How to Easily Clean Your Hardwood Floors - Dog Owners Need This!
We have hardwood floors throughout the downstairs rooms of our house. We didn’t install them, they came with the house. They look lovely but the dark color shows dirt and spills easily. I cannot go more than a few days without cleaning them so I needed an everyday solution that takes just a few minutes.
 I was also a  bit nervous about properly taking care of my hardwood floors. I did some research and here are the best tips I have found.

How to Easily Clean Hardwood Floors

You can use the disposal cloth mopping systems commonly found in stores, but buying those refills can get pricey. If you use a vacuum, you need to be careful not use a beater bar attachment or it can scratch the wood floor. Steam cleaner appliances can be expensive. You must remember that excessive exposure to water and or steam may cause floors to warp over time. Because steam is very light, it can penetrate those thin gaps between the wood panels. Check to make sure that steam cleaning is covered under your floor’s warranty.

That’s why I prefer to choose a mop and one that does not have to be wrung out by hand!

When cleaning your hardwood floors, you should not let water stay standing on the floor because excess water can damage the wood. Be sure and remove the excess moisture.

You can also use a wood-cleaning product. Water based polishes will not leave residues or strip the surface and are considered to be the safest for your hardwood floors. Always follow the instructions from the manufacturer. You can make your own floor cleaner with one part vinegar to 10 parts warm water. You can also add a few drops of liquid Castile soap.

If you choose to use a floor cleaner, then rinse the mop when you finish, wring out excess water and then go over the floor once more with just a damp mop to remove the cleaner.

Another tip I read about was to use black tea steeped in boiling water for a few minutes. You can pour the tea into a bucket and let it cool or add cold water to bring the temperature down. Test it on a small hidden area of the floor to check for any discoloration and see the details here before you get started.

Try covering scratches with a crayon that is the same color as the floor. I bought some special crayons for furniture from the home improvement store. I just color the scratched surface and then rub it with a soft cloth. I have seen others suggest to also blow dry the area after the crayon wax is applied. Be sure to buff completely so you don’t end up with a slippery waxy surface!
We use area rugs and mats in the high traffic areas of the house and under furniture to prevent scratching.   
When I found the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket System at Walmart, I was surprised at how reasonably priced it was. Everything you need is inside the box including the microfiber mop head, adjustable handle, and the high-quality bucket with splash guard and foot pedal.


You never need to buy any special cloth pads or extra products. You can damp mop with water or use any floor cleaner you prefer.


My favorite features include:
  • Built-in wringer for hands- free wringing
  • Foot pedal to activate spin wringing and control moisture level
  • Splash guard on the bucket: all the water stays in the bucket
  • Adjustable handle (I’m not the only one here who can mop the floor!)
  • I can quickly grab it and spot mop just before company arrives. When my hardwood floors are clean, I get so many compliments on them.
clean hardwood floors

The after party!

Just a few days ago, I hosted about 50 guests at my home the night before my daughters’ wedding. I used my mop right before the company arrived and I sure used it after they left! I highly recommend it.


How it Works

The O-Cedar mop has a foot pedal and when you push it down with your foot, it wrings out the water.  You don’t have to touch a dirty mop at all. Whirring the mop around with your foot is kind of fun.

It has a splash guard so no dirty water splashes out and a fill to line so you know just how much water to add to the bucket.

The deep-cleaning microfiber head is triangle shaped so it gets into nooks and crannies and it also absorbs dirt and spills easily.

The O-Cedar mop is not just meant for hardwood floors. it can be used on any solid surface including laminate floors and tile.

Be sure to stop by your local Walmart and make your life easier with the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket System. Follow them on Facebook and social media using #OCedarClean.




tara Pittman

I like that you can reuse the mop head. I need this for my messy boys

Heather Johnson

I have two cats and three dogs plus two young kids and hardwood in my bedrooms. I use something similar to keep the wood flooring clean and neat.

Claudia Krusch

I have the O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket System and I love it. It leaves my floors so clean and it is really easy to use.

Alicia Taylor

We have 5 cats – and one refuses to use a litterbox for #2. We also have wood floors throughout our entire house. No carpet… Anywhere… except throw rugs. I could use one of these.

Terri Beavers

This really does look handy for hardwood floors. My sister has hardwood floors, I’m going to tell her about this mop system. I love that it wrings the water out instead of having to do it by hand.

Ron LEyba

Great cleaning tool! Many will surely find this pretty useful!

Hannah Marie

We don’t have a dog but a 3 year old kid who loves to make a mess. That mop will surely make cleaning easier and fun!


Your dog is adorable and though I don’t have a dog, O-cedar seems perfect for my hardwood floors 🙂

Hey Sharonoox

We’ve hardwood floors too and this sounds like a good mop. I love a clean floor so I’m going to check this one out.

Olivia Mesquita

Our cocker spaniel Lola does the same thing! We’ll have to pick one up just for her. Thanks!

Mardene Carr

I love hardwood floors but must admit I am always not sure how to keep them shiny. Wondering if I am doing the right thing so thanks for sharing this

Sylvester Vanessa

Your dog is so cute. I bet he is a great assistant

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