The Best Ways to Clean Hardwood Floors -Prep your floor for cleaning by sweeping or dust-mopping to get rid of large particles of dirt and debris. -Use a pH neutral cleaner that will be gentle on your hardwood floors. -Use a fine spray mist to clean your floor in sections. Avoid putting too much liquid on your floors. -Use a microfiber mop to clean. Traditional mops can work, but they can leave excess water on your floors. -Skip using white vinegar and water to clean your floors. Using a specially formulated hardwood floor care cleaner is a smart way to maintain the beauty and look of your floors.