How to clean prefinished hardwood floors

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How to clean prefinished hardwood floors to maintain their beauty and value for years to come? This is a common concern when considering natural 100% European oak flooring like RIVA Floor for design projects. Rest assured, there are a set of best cleaning practices that will enhance its natural allure. By adhering to these tips, you can preserve the stunning appearance of your floors for generations to enjoy.

Dusting and sweeping


  • Elevate the lifespan of your hardwood floors with consistent dusting. Use a disposable cloth or reusable microfiber pad. Static electricity traps dirt, particles and other household allergens.
  • Opt for tools that capture debris for a pristine finish.


  • Avoid brooms that merely push dirt around.
  • When cleaning your floors, avoid lifting your microfiber to keep the dirt trapped on the pad.

Vacuuming and mopping

Tips to prevent damage and scratches on the hardwood floor surface


  • Exercise caution by using a vacuum without beater bars and avoid deactivating the beater brush feature to prevent damage and scratches on the hardwood floor surface.
  • Opt for a damp sponge, cloth, traditional mop, or a “Swiffer” type mop for mopping, ensuring excess moisture is avoided.
  • For large areas, consider using recommended cleaning solutions like diluted Bona® Pro Series Hardwood Floor Cleaner. Use Bona® Hardwood Floor Cleaner spray for optimal results in small areas.
  • Allow the floor to thoroughly dry post-cleaning before walking on them.


  • Never employ overly wet mopping or steam devices, as they may harm the floor’s finish over time.
  • Avoid outdated cleaning methods like vinegar, soap, or wax, as they could lead to lasting damage to the floors.

Preventive maintenance


  • Swiftly attend to spills by promptly soaking up any liquid and wiping the area clean, utilizing recommended cleaning solutions.
  • Protective matts placed at external entrances can be highly effective at prolonging the appearance and life of the floor.
  • Utilize protective pads for furniture feet and never drag or slide furniture without adequate safeguards to maintain floors integrity.


  • Prevent abrasive particles like sand, dirt, and grit from damaging your floor’s finish.
  • Exercise caution with dirty footwear, sharp or damaged heels, and ensure regular pet claw trimming to reduce scratches.

Recommended products

How to clean prefinished hardwood floors to maintain the same appearance when they were installed? We always recommend Bona® cleaning and maintenance products as they are best way to clean RIVA hardwood floors:

Bona® Premium Spray Mop For Hardwood Floors

The Bona® Spray Mop is the revolutionary spray mop with the Bona® Hardwood Floor Cleaner Original Formula in a convenient cartridge along with the Bona® Microfiber Cleaning Pad. Perfect Care for your floors, corners, baseboards and furniture with a mist of Bona®.

Why we love this product:

  • Easy and quick
  • Refillable
  • Full size Original Formula included

Bona® Microfiber Cleaning Pad

The Bona® Microfiber Cleaning Pad features a unique dual design, darker blue fibers break up grime while the lighter blue fibers trap and absorb dirt.

Why we love this product:

  • Environment friendly
  • Machine washable
  • Fits all Bona® mops

Bona® Hardwood Cleaner Cartridge

The 34 oz cartridge is a unique and effective formula that gently removes dust, dirt and grime. Exclusively designed for the Bona® Hardwood Spray Floor Mop.

Why we love this product:

  • Ready to use
  • Dries fast
  • No residue
  • For unwaxed, polyurethane and lacquer finished wood floors
  • Easy, safe and economical

Bona® Hardwood Floor Cleaner

The GREENGUARD GOLD certification guarantees the safety of the Bona® Hardwood Floors Cleaner, with almost 100 years of professional heritage, it is ideal to remove dust, dirt and grime while taking gentle care of your home and family, with almost 100 years of professional heritage.

Why we love this product:

  • Dries fast
  • No residues