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Cost to Clean Hardwood Floors: Takin’ Care of (Your) Business

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Sep 10, 2020 1:24:00 PM

How much does it cost to clean hardwood floors for my business?

Prices vary on the type of floor and what it takes to bring them back to life, but we’ve included some ballpark pricing.



Hardwood floor cleaning

$.50 - $.75 per square foot


$1.25 - $1.75 per square foot


$.65 - $1.25 per square foot


Hardwood floors have style staying power.

They’re always “in” and they’re a much smarter choice for your business than carpet because they’re so much easier to clean and maintain – especially in areas that get a lot of foot traffic.

Easier, yes, but they still have their own challenges.

Vacuuming dust and wiping up spills are pretty simple. Plus, you have the janitor to do a weekly mop-and-go cleaning.

The problem is that, over time, the finish on your hardwood floor starts to wear off. When that happens, it gets harder and harder to remove the every-day dirt. 

Your regular-maintenance type of cleaning suddenly isn’t cutting it anymore.

Another issue that commonly comes up is dirt and grime trapped in the spaces where the wood fits together on the sides and ends.

Grooved wood is even worse. Regular mopping and vacuuming won’t do the trick.

It’s time to look to the pros for help.

Cleaning your hardwood floors

Stubborn dirt – even the kind stuck in the cracks – is no match for a low-moisture cleaning.

Bye-bye, gunk!

Pug with sunglasses, see ya later

Here’s what you can expect the process to look like when a professional cleaning company comes to your business. 

(Keep in mind that the exact methods will depend on the type of hardwood flooring you have, as well as how soiled it is.)

1. An initial examination

We have the finest technicians in the biz. They’ll come into your business and take a look at your hardwood floors to determine the best way to tackle the job.

While they’re there, they’ll take note of any damaged areas, too.

2. Vacuum

The next step in the process is to move any desks, chairs, etc. that are in your space so that we can use our specialized system to vacuum.

This part of the process is more effective at removing dirt, dust and other debris than a normal vacuum cleaner that your janitor may use.

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3. The deep-down clean

Ahh, the good stuff.

That’s the good stuff, Robin Williams

Hot water, hardwood floor cleaner and our extraction method all work together to rid your hardwood floors of all that built-up gunk.

4. The drying process

We’d never risk water damage to your flooring, so the next step is drying up any moisture using a fan and a microfiber mop.

The bonus to this method is that you’ll be able to walk on your floor right away. (Though you might not want to because it’ll look SO beautiful!)

5. Customer satisfaction

When the first four steps are complete, our technicians will do a walk-through with you to make sure you’re happy with the look of your cleaned hardwood floors.

Below is an example of a hardwood floor in an orthodontist office we recently cleaned:

Hammond Knoll, before and after hardwood floor cleaning

Buffing your business’ floors

The purpose of buffing is to get rid of scratches and restore the floor’s natural luster. 

We’ll use a powerful buffer to make your hardwood smooth and take care of any marks on the floor.

Bonus: Because we use a dry method, you won’t have to worry about waiting for the floor to dry before you can walk on it.

Coating your business’ hardwood floors

Sometimes a better option for your flooring is to add a finish.

This coating can cover etching, light scratches, and other minor imperfections that are too rough for a buffing to handle.

Coating also extends the life of your floors by protecting them from damage.

The process involves sanding to remove the top layer of finish – and scuffs along with it.

Next, a fresh coat of polyurethane is applied. 

Your business’ hardwood floors will be left with a lovely sheen and a layer of defense, as well.

It takes about a day to complete the job, though you can typically walk on your floor a few hours after it’s done. 

Cost to clean hardwood floors for your business

How dirty your floor is and the size of the area that needs attention are the two factors used to determine the cost to clean hardwood floors.

The price goes down as the square footage goes up.

Cost to clean hardwood floors for your business: $.50 - $.75 per square foot.

Cost for buffing hardwood floors

Just like the cost to clean hardwood floors, the amount you’ll pay for buffing depends on square feet and level of soil.

(Note: The cost below does not include cleaning.)

Cost to buff your business’ hardwood floors: $1.25 - $1.75 per square foot

Cost to coat your business’ hardwood floors

You guessed it: the cost to have your business’ hardwood floors coated is dependent on the size of the area and the condition of the floors.

(Note: The following cost doesn’t include the cost of cleaning the hardwood.)  

Cost to coat your business’ hardwood floors: $.65 - $1.25 per square foot.

Ready to pull the trigger on hardwood floor cleaning?

The look of your business sends a message to everyone who walks through your door.

A floor that’s in bad shape will definitely be noticed.

You’ve been educated on the cost to clean hardwood floors, so why not pull the trigger on having them cleaned, buffed and/or coated? 

If you have additional questions, concerns or you’d like a FREE quote, get in touch today at 253-472-9686. You can also request a quote here.

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