Softwood floors are similar to hardwood floors; however, they have a slightly softer texture. The flooring is made from the wood of pine trees, often containing grooves and natural tree knots that give a rustic quality to the flooring. Softwood flooring is an attractive alternative to hardwood, as it is less expensive and bears a close resemblance to hardwood flooring. Cleaning the floors requires little work, the goal being to find a cleaning solution that is safe for both finished and unfinished softwood floors.
Sweep the floors with a dust mop every few days to collect grit and debris that can scratch the softwood.
Mop the softwood weekly with a mild cleaning solution. Mix a gallon of warm water in a bucket with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. The vinegar is safe for both finished and unfinished flooring, and will both disinfect and deodorize the flooring.
Dip a mop in the cleaning solution, then squeeze out excess water. Using little moisture is important, as over-saturation can cause the softwood to swell and sometimes crack.
Mop over the floors with the damp mop, cleaning in long, steady strokes that follow the panels of the wood. Repeat until the entire floor has been mopped.
Dry the floors by running a clean, dry mop across the flooring. This collects moisture that may remain on the flooring, preventing unnecessary moisture absorption.