It is important to know which type of finish has been used on your floor. Different finishes require different care and it is important to use the right product to protect your floors and prolong their life. Cleaning tips for your existing wood floors. Wipe up spills as soon as possible with a soft, slightly dampened cloth. Never use excessive amounts of water when cleaning wood. Your floor will absorb excess water leading to warping and damage. Clean once a week with a product specially designed for use on hardwood floors. Use a vacuum cleaner or whisk broom to remove dirt from your floor between regular cleaning.