Don’t tell me! I already know. You are dismayed because the radiant honey toned wood floor that smoothly spanned across your living room is somehow missing. In its place is an expanse of scuffed, grimy, dull wood planks, smeared with nature’s best dirt.
Where has your brilliant shine gone?
Where are the deep, elegant hues?
Don’t fret. They are still there under the grime. What we need is powerful, restorative cleaner.
Now, you can fork out the big bucks for the high end cleaners, but you really don’t need to. Instead, spend dollar or two on good ole white vinegar, and your floors will shine up like a charm.
Within this article, I’m going to explain how to make a water and vinegar solution for cleaning wood floors, how to use it properly, and why it works.
Gather Your Supplies
- A sponge mop or one that wrings out well.
- A large bucket.
- Hot water (If you have hard water opt for buying a gallon of distilled water).
- White vinegar.
- Nylon scrub brush.
- And few old bath towels you’ve saved for just for cleaning.
The Vinegar Cleaning Solution
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, it’s time to mix your solution. Fill your bucket with hot water. For every gallon of water in your bucket, add a cup of white vinegar. That’s all there is to it.
You can add a few drops of dawn dish soap if you like your mop water with a few bubbles. Or, you can add some essential oils such as lavender, lemon or sandalwood if the smell of vinegar bothers you.
However, both of these options aren’t necessary as vinegar is a marvelous cleaner all on its own and the vinegar smell dissipates quickly.
Cleaning Your Floors With The Solution
Remove light furniture like chairs, small tables, and rugs and thoroughly sweep the floor removing all loose dirt. Next, repeatedly soak and wring out your mop several times in the vinegar and water solution.
When you are ready, begin mopping in the far corner with a damp mop. Mop in small 4’ x 8’ sections, moving in the same direction as the grain of the wood.
Be careful not to let the solution form puddles and sit very long on your wood floors.
If you come across some stubborn dirt stuck on your wood floor, gently scrub with the nylon brush until it lifts up. The nylon brush will be gentle enough and not damage your wood.
Once you finish cleaning a small section, return your mop to the bucket to rinse. Now, dry up the section you just mopped with old bath towels before moving on to the next section. You should now see a beautiful streak free shine on the floor you know and love.
Simply repeat the above steps until you’ve finished the entire floor.
Why It Works
Even though water has been known to dissolve quite a bit of dirt all on its own, vinegar notoriously has certain properties that make it great for cleaning. Primarily, vinegar is a grease cutter and a disinfectant.
Due to the process of fermentation, vinegar is an acidic liquid that breaks down mineral deposits, mold, grease, and bacteria.
Best of all, it dries clear and leaves no residue or streaks behind, making a rinsing step unnecessary.
Using water and vinegar solution for cleaning wood floors is not only economically smart, it is extremely effective.
This simple cleaning solution will not only clean your floors to perfection, but it will also restore the glorious shine and the luxurious hardwood tones to your stunning wood floors.