How to Clean Hardwood Floors With Bleach

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Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 gallon lukewarm water

  • Bucket

  • 1 tbsp. bleach

  • 2 clean rags

  • Broom or dry mop


If you choose to mop your entire floor with bleach, make sure the mop is wrung out as much as you can and go over the area with a dry mop as soon as you are done.


Never mix bleach with ammonia, and thoroughly clean out your bucket before and after you use bleach to avoid any cross contamination. Do not use water and bleach on hardwood floors with a wax finish as this will ruin the finish.

Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home, but to keep them looking their best you must take good care of them. A small amount of bleach mixed with water can be used to remove mildew from floors or some stains, but for best results use water and bleach sparingly on your hardwood floors. Regular cleaning of hardwood floors should be performed with a broom or a dry mop.


Step 1

Thoroughly sweep the floor using a broom or a dry mop.

Step 2

Mix the water and bleach together in a bucket.

Step 3

Dip one rag in the mixture and wring it out as well as you can. Rub at the stain or the mildew until it is gone. Some stains will not come out with bleach, so if rubbing for a while does not work, discontinue and try a different product.

Step 4

Use the dry rag to wipe up any remaining moisture.


Heather Finch

Heather Finch has been a freelance writer since the turn of the 21st century. Her official career began during her freshman year of college writing editorials about anything from manners to politics. Writings by Finch have appeared in the Western Herald, the Sturgis Journal and She has a bachelor's degree in creative writing and environmental studies.