How to Clean Hardwood Floors With Murphy® Oil Soap

There's knowing how to clean hardwood floors, and then there's knowing how to clean them the easy way. Murphy® Oil Soap knows that you're busy, and sometimes you just need to get the job done quickly. Here's how to do a quick and easy clean, and a more thorough job.


A quick formula like Murphy® Squirt & Mop Wood Floor Cleaner makes Saturday cleaning a snap. Simply take the bottle with you as you mop, squirting the liquid where you need it and following up with a wet mop. When you're short on time, you can use Murphy® Squirt & Mop to clean up spills, remove tracked-in dirt or spot clean. When you have the extra time or just feel motivated to do a thorough cleaning - work one section at a time, applying the cleaner and then mopping, and continue to alternate as you go until you make it across the entire room. This product is specially formulated to use directly on the floor, so it doesn't need to be diluted and it's safe to use when applied right onto the hardwood floor.


For a deep, conventional cleaning, consider using a concentrated product like Murphy® Original Formula. You'll need your mop and bucket for this job. Measure Œ_ cup of cleaner for every 1 gallon of warm water you pour into the bucket. Your bucket should list its size on the inside; otherwise, picture a milk gallon jug to estimate the bucket's size. Then, work your way across the floor, mopping a few strokes across the floor, dipping the mop back into the bucket and then mopping another section of the hardwood floor.

As always, limit the amount of water on the floor as you clean it, as moisture left behind on floors can cause damage. To avoid the problem entirely, always wring out the mop tightly before placing the mop on the floor.

Get the most out of your Cleaning Time and use products like Murphy® Oil Soap that can get the job done. Whether you're cleaning one area or all of your flooring, Murphy® Oil Soap is safe to use on hardwood floors.

This article was brought to you by Colgate-Palmolive Company, the makers of Murphy® Oil Soap. The views and opinions expressed by the author do not reflect the position of the Colgate-Palmolive Company.