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Is Pine Sol Good For Hardwood Floors?

Wood floors can be cleaned by wiping dry or vacuuming, but there are times when you want to remove residue, debris, and stains. Is It Safe To Use Pine Sol For A Thorough Cleaning On Wooden Floors?

Pine Sol is well suited for cleaning hardwood floors, but only if they are provided with a protective layer or sealed. It's safe to use on parquet floors too, but it can cause damage if the floor is worn, oiled, or waxed. Rinse well when cleaning with Pine Sol to prevent residue on the floor.

The makers of this cleaning product describe it as a great means of removing dirt, grime, and stubborn stains from hardwood floors.

Below, I'll show you what to look for in terms of safety when using Pine Sol on hardwood floors, and how to use it without leaving any residue.

Is It Safe To Use Pine Sol On Wooden Floors?

Yes, Pine Sol is perfectly safe for use on wooden floors that have been sealed or finished. However, the manufacturers of the product recommend that it should not be used on unsealed or untreated wooden surfaces.

Also, while Pine Sol cannot have a significant negative impact on the wood floor surface itself, the effects it has on people, pets and the environment in general cannot be ignored.

Wooden floors are those that are made entirely of solid wood. Common types of wood used for hardwood floors are oak, cherry, ash, maple, and poplar.

According to the Environmental Working Group, Pine-Sol has negative health and environmental effects - with the potential to cause respiratory health problems in humans and pets. You should therefore make sure that no children or pets are around if you plan to use Pine Sol on your wooden floor.

Is Pine Sol Safe For Hardwood?

Engineered hardwood is very different from solid wood. Alternating layers of wood are pressed together by heat and pressure to produce parquet that is structurally more durable than solid wood. As a result, it is more difficult to leave scratches and abrasions on this type of floor.

Pine Sol is safe to use on parquet floors. Compared to other cleaning products typically used on hardwood floors, Pine Sol is relatively safe because it is a water-based cleaner. It offers several advantages over wax, oil, and ammonia-based cleaning formulas for hardwood floors.

These are explained below:

  • Pine Sol strengthens the surface of your hardwood floor, as opposed to wax and oil based formulas, which take the shine away when used on polyutheran wood surfaces.
  • In contrast to oil-based and ammonia-based cleaners, which attack the seal and make the chances of future seals or varnishes on the hardwood surface difficult, Pine Sol is ideal for sealed hardwood.
  • Finally, when used correctly, Pine Sol does not leave a residue that can leave an unsightly hardwood floor surface. Wax- and oil-based cleaners, on the other hand, leave a cloudy residue behind. Removing this residue can be costly as you may be forced to sand down and repaint your hardwood floor to restore it to its original appearance.

Precautions When Using Pine Sol

There are still some precautions you need to take when using Pine Sol on your parquet floors. Here is an overview of the things to look out for when using Pine Sol as a cleaner for your hardwood floor:

  • Concentration- unless you are trying to get rid of very stubborn stains, Pine Sol should be diluted, not used in its concentrated form.
  • Application tool - if you apply concentrated Pine Sol directly to stubborn scratch marks on wooden floors, you should work the agent in with a soft sponge to avoid scratching your hardwood surface.
  • Water retention- always make sure to wipe away as much standing water as possible as it can warp or scratch your hardwood surface.

Pro Tip: Applying concentrated pine sol directly to a hardwood surface to remove deeper stains can cause the sealant to peel off and require you to sand and repaint your hardwood floor.

How To Use Pine Sol To Clean Hardwood Floors

To really spruce up your hardwood floor with Pine-Sol, follow these steps:

  • First, sweep the floor up with a good wooden floor dust mop to remove dust and loose debris.
  • Next, pour a gallon of water into a bucket, then add a quarter cup of pine sol to the water and stir the mixture.
  • Wet a mop with the mixture, making sure to wring out any excess water.
  • Wipe the entire hardwood floor, then dry it with a second dry mop. You should always wipe along the grain of the wood.
  • When trying to get rid of very stubborn stains, such as dark water marks, consider applying the Pine-Sol directly to the floor with a sponge - rather than adding it to a water-based solution first. You can then use a soaked and wrung out mop to remove the cleaner from the floor surface.
  • Have a dry cloth or mop handy to wipe the floor dry when you're done.


Water-based cleaners like Pine-Sol are only recommended for sealed hardwood floors as they can damage unsealed hardwood surfaces. So before using Pine Sol on your floor, you can always test that your hardwood floor is sealed.

A good way to test the seal on the floor is to pour a drop of water on the hardwood surface and watch if it collects on the surface or goes directly into the hardwood material.

If the water droplets roll off the surface, it means your hardwood floor is properly sealed and you can clean it with Pine Sol. However, if the water seeps into the wood, it means your surface may never have been sealed or the old seal may have worn out.