Vacuuming Hardwood Floors the Right Way

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A soft parquet brush is very important in a vacuum cleaner for hardwood floors ©

Many people have a hardwood floor in their home and vacuum it daily. However, this is not always done correctly. And it is precisely with a vulnerable wooden floor that this can result in damage: think of scratches or stripes on your beautiful floors. In this guide I tell you how to properly vacuum a hardwood floor!

1. Use a suitable vacuum cleaner

The first most important step is to vacuum with a suitable vacuum cleaner. Using the wrong vacuum cleaner can not only result in a poor cleaning result, but also in damage to your floor.

This makes a vacuum cleaner suitable for hardwood floors

What makes a vacuum cleaner suitable for a hardwood floor? Let me summarize the main points:

  • Equipped with parquet brush: a parquet brush is a must for vacuuming hardwood floors. This protects the floor when you move the floor brush back and forth.
  • Rubber wheels: with rubber wheels, the risk of scratches is less than when the vacuum cleaner has hard plastic wheels.
  • Lightweight: with a heavy vacuum cleaner, the risk of damage is much greater than with a lightweight vacuum cleaner.
  • Good suction power on hard floors: Hardwood floors are ‘hard floors'. The vacuum cleaner must of course have good suction power for this.

Do you want to make the best choice? Check out my research into the best vacuum cleaner for hardwood floors or check out the top 3 below:

1 miele boost cx1

Miele Boost CX1 review

Very manoeuvrable vacuum cleaner with a beautiful design
2 samsung bespoke jet

Samsung Bespoke Jet review

Beautiful stick vacuum that can be emptied automatically
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3 philips power pro expert

Philips PowerPro Expert FC9745/09 review

A bagless vacuum cleaner for all floor types

Which type of vacuum cleaner for a hard wooden floor?

If you are looking for a vacuum cleaner for wooden floors, there are different types to choose from. Every vacuum cleaner has its advantages and disadvantages. See below why a specific model can be interesting for wooden floors:

  • Stick vacuum cleaner: lightweight and no chance of scratches from wheels.
  • Canister vacuum cleaner: often good suction performance on hard floors and easy to use. In addition, you do not have to carry it in its entirety and there is a greater dust capacity than many other vacuum cleaners.
  • Robot vacuum cleaner: with this type of vacuum cleaner you no longer have to vacuum yourself and they are often equipped with a mopping function. Very interesting for vacuuming and mopping wooden floors!

2. Use the right accessories

You are not there yet with just the right vacuum cleaner. Because, if you vacuum with the wrong attachments, this can still result in scratches on the parquet floor. It is therefore very important to check in advance which accessories are on your vacuum cleaner. Especially when you vacuum multiple floor types and therefore sometimes change them.

Always use a soft parquet brush and dusting brush

Some vacuum cleaners come with a floor brush that you can easily switch from carpet to hardwood floors. However, this type of floor brush is a tricky choice: you quickly forget which mode it is in and can quickly slide the bottom of the floor brush across the floor.

As I just mentioned, vacuuming with a parquet brush is a must when vacuuming a hardwood floor. A parquet brush has soft hairs that not only prevent scratches on a wooden floor, but also ensure that there is a distance between the brush and the floor. As a result, the vacuum cleaner cannot create a vacuum on the floor.

A parquet brush has soft hairs that not only prevent scratches on a wooden floor, but also ensure that there is a distance between the brush and the floor

And do you vacuum furniture? These are of course just as vulnerable as a wooden floor. There are so-called furniture brushes especially for this: these are dusting brushes with soft hairs. Some vacuum cleaners have an integrated dusting brush near the handle that you can slide forward. There are also crevice vacuum cleaners with an extendable dusting brush.

Consider a vacuum cleaner with a mopping function

When you vacuum – no matter how good the filter is often – some particulate matter is always spread. This dust emission – especially with dark wooden floors – can be visible when the sun shines on the floor.

Nowadays, the vacuum cleaner with mopping function is very popular. Especially in homes with mainly wooden floors. Many vacuum cleaners with a mopping function make it possible to vacuum and mop in one movement. There are even robot vacuum with a mopping function.

philip speedpro max aqua review
A stick vacuum cleaner with a mopping function. ©

Bij heb ik verschillende stofzuiger met een dweilfunctie getest. Bekijk hieronder de beste opties op dit moment.

1 Yeedi Vac 2 Pro

Yeedi Vac 2 Pro review

Mopping function that actually mops
Read full review
2 Philips Aquatrio 9000

Philips Aquatrio 9000 Series review

Versatile stick vacuum with mopping function
3 philips speedpro max aqua

Philips SpeedPro Max Aqua review

The Philips SpeedPro Max Aqua is one of the few stick vacuums that is equipped with a mopping function.

Keep in mind that this type of vacuum cleaner requires a lot of maintenance and that it is not always a smart choice for homes with carpets on the floor.

3. Check the floor

Before you get started with the vacuum cleaner, it is smart to check the floor for objects in advance. Small, sharp objects in particular can result in scratches and streaks on your floor. For example, when a floor brush encounters a stray Lego brick, it will push it forward on your floor. And no, of course we don't want that.

Some additional tips to prepare the wooden floor for vacuuming:

  • Make sure nothing is in the way (put chairs on the table, so that you can easily vacuum under them, for example)
  • Remove small objects from the floor, such as stools or flower vases

4. Good vacuum cleaner maintenance

The maintenance of a vacuum cleaner is much more than just emptying the dust container and replacing filters. It is also very important to clean the accessories every now and then and, for example, to check the wheels of the vacuum cleaner for hair.

This is especially important when vacuuming a hardwood floor: if a wheel no longer turns properly, this can cause scratches. And a motorized floor brush that no longer rotates can also cause this.

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Check the wheels: are they still spinning properly? ©

5. Vacuum regularly

The last tip is to vacuum your hardwood floor regularly! This is not only important for a healthy living environment, but also for your floor. When dirt accumulates on the floor, you can spread it with walking on the floor and step into the fibers of the wood.

Conclusion: this is the best way to vacuum hardwood floors

So, here are some tips to properly vacuum hardwood floors:

  • Get the right vacuum cleaner
  • Use a parquet brush
  • Check the floor for sharp objects
  • Remove small objects from the floor
  • Regularly clean the wheels and brushes of the vacuum cleaner
  • Vacuum the hardwood floor regularly

That's how it should work! Good luck vacuuming your floor!

Robbert Tigchelaar

Robbert Tigchelaar

Robbert Tigchelaar is the founder of and is a true vacuum cleaner guru. With more than 10 years of experience in the world of electronic devices, he knows better than anyone what is important in a vacuum cleaner. When a new vacuum cleaner appears, he is eager to test it extensively.

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