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What Is the Cost to Clean Hardwood Floors in My Home?

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Sep 7, 2020 6:00:00 AM

How much does it cost to clean hardwood floors in my home?

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 never go out of style. 

By golly, they’ve been around since the 1840’s when European parquet floors began to appear in wealthy homes.

wealthy 19th-century pug

Today, hardwood floors are made from hickory, oak, cherry, bamboo, maple and walnut. They’re solid hardwood or engineered and come in an array of colors like reds, browns, gray and natural, to name a few.

Hardwood floors are easy to clean. 

Or are they?

Yes...and no.

They’re super easy to vacuum, and wiping up spills is a breeze. Even pulling out the ol’ mop to do the weekly cleaning isn’t a challenge.

However, over time, the finish begins to wear off. That’s when soiling becomes more stubborn to remove by regular-maintenance cleaning. You may even notice right after you “clean” the floor, if you swipe it with a clean cloth or paper towel, there’s dirt on the towel.  

Soil becomes trapped in-between where the hardwood fits together on the sides or ends, especially when the wood is grooved. This soil cannot be removed by regular vacuuming or mopping.

That’s when it’s time to call in the professionals!

First, we’ll take a look at the cleaning, buffing and coating processes and then we’ll answer the question, How much does it cost to clean hardwood floors?

Hardwood floor cleaning process

A low-moisture cleaning can be done to remove the stubborn dirt, even in the cracks.

Methods may vary according to how soiled your hardwood is and the type of material it’s made from.

Here’s a general overview of the process.

1. Inspection

Our knowledgeable technicians will examine your hardwood floor to determine the type of wood so that the correct cleaning solution and methods are used. 

They’ll also look for any damaged areas.

2. Vacuum

Once the initial inspection is done, the furniture will be moved so we can vacuum with our specialized system.

This removes all the dry dirt, dust and other crud that has collected.

3. Deep clean

This step involves hot water and our hardwood floor cleaner extracting as much soil as possible.

4. Dry

To avoid any hint of water damage to your floor, we’ll thoroughly dry it with a microfiber mop and a fan.

That also means you’ll be able to walk on it right away.

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5. Customer care

We want the cost to clean hardwood floors to be worth it for you, so the last part of the process is inspecting your freshly-cleaned floors with you to make sure you’re happy with them.

Hardwood floor buffing process

Buffing is like an exfoliating treatment for your floors.

 (But not like that! See why you need to have a professional do the dirty work?)

It removes light scratches and brings back the original appearance of the finish on the floor.

Using a dry buffing method, we’ll use a high-speed buffer to smooth your hardwood floor’s finish and remove any marks.

Hardwood floor coating process

A finish can be added to the hardwood to cover up light scratches, etching and areas where the finish has been worn down to the original wood. 

This is done instead of buffing when the floor is in a rougher condition. The only con is that it takes some time to dry. With buffing, you can walk on the floor immediately.

Typically, the top layer of finish will be lightly sanded off and then a coat of polyurethane is applied.

The process takes a day to finish and you’ll have to wait several hours before you can walk on the floor.

Before and after, Hardwood floors, HammondKnoll

Cost to clean hardwood floors

The cost to clean hardwood floors is based on how soiled the floor is and how many square feet need attention.

The more you have, the less the price.

The cost to clean hardwood floors ranges from $.50 - $.75 per square foot.

Cost to buff hardwood flooring

The cost for buffing the floor is determined by the condition of the hardwood, as well as how many square feet need to be done.  

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

The cost to buff hardwood floors ranges from $1.25 - $1.75 per square foot.

Cost to coat hardwood floors

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

The cost to coat hardwood floors ranges from $.65 - $1.25 per square foot.

Below is an example of a hardwood floor in a kitchen we recently did. This floor was cleaned and we applied a finish.

Hammond Knoll, before and after hardwood floor cleaning and coating

Ready to have your hardwood floors cleaned, buffed or coated?

You want your hardwood floors to look as good as possible. You also want to get rid of the dirt and dust that collect and aggravate allergies and make your home’s air not-so-healthy to breathe.

Now that you know the cost to clean hardwood floors, consider having your floors cleaned, buffed and/or coated and enjoy the shine.

Still have a question, concern or want a FREE quote?  Call us today at (253) 499-9139 or request a quote here.

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