Take Good Care of Those Wood Floors


I had a brother in the floor business. He always told me the best way to clean wood floors is vinegar and water. I looked on the internet to get more feedback on this information. I liked this article from Alpine Flooring based in Colorado.

Using Vinegar to Clean Hardwood Floors – How to Make Your Own Simple Wood Flooring Cleanser.


1/2 C White Vinegar

1 Gal. Warm Water


Sponge Mop

Absorbent Cloth( Cotton)

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Through all the years in the hardwood flooring business, the question  most asked is, “How do I clean my hardwood floors?” Whether it’s a new floor, old floor, solid hardwood floor, engineered hardwood floor, or if it’s the first or fifth home someone has owned with hardwood floors, they still want to know how to clean them.

A lot of people have heard (usually from grandma) that warm water and vinegar is a great solution for cleaning, and it’s true. It’s inexpensive, simple, and quick. It breaks down dirt and grime without damaging the finish and if done properly is virtually streak free.

One of the worst enemies of your hardwood floor is water.Too much water will cause the floor to swell and warp causing a ripple effect in the wood.If you notice any puddles at all while you’re cleaning, be sure to use a clean absorbent cloth or towel and wipe the floor dry. If you keep the mop just slightly damp, the floor will dry very quickly and there is no need to dry it off.

Vinegar’s  acetic acid helps to cut the grease and grime but it won’t leave any residue that may cause problems down the road when you’re ready to have your floors refinished.

The best way to clean is to use a sponge mop not cotton. An inexpensive one is fine, just be sure it’s the kind that has a spring type wringer on it. There are some that have a semi-abrasive pad on one side which will come in handy if there are dry, sticky spills.

 Extra Tip for Keeping Hardwood Floors Clean.Another good idea is to keep an inexpensive spray bottle filled with the same 1/2 cup:1gallon solution with your cleaning supplies. This is great for spills in the kitchen or spot cleaning the floors around the house. Just shake it up, spray some on a cloth or even a paper towel to clean up grease splatters around the stove or the dogs muddy footprints at the door.

There are a lot of good products on the market you can buy to clean your hardwood floors, but grandma’s time tested solution of warm water and vinegar is probably the simplest and most economical way to keep your hardwood floors clean and beautiful for years.


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