Hardwood floors are always a beautiful feature to have in a home. However, in order to maintain that beauty, one needs to be sure to take special care and considerations when cleaning hardwood floors. After all, if you do not properly and carefully clean your floors you risk losing their beauty forever.
If you want to avoid this problem and having to spend money to replace any damaged areas then you’ll to find natural methods to clean your hardwood floors. Here are some natural, eco-friendly homemade cleaners that can help you achieve naturally clean hardwood floors.
Why Clean With Natural Solutions?
It is very important to use natural cleaners on hardwood floors. This is because store bought hardwood floor cleaners and even the all-purpose cleaner contain chemicals that can actually do long term damage to the floors as well as the environment.
If you read the contents of what goes into a bottle of store bought cleaner you will probably not be able to recognize many of the ingredients. However, if you are making your own cleaner you know exactly what is going onto your hardwood flooring or laminate floors.
Homemade Floor Cleaners
If you want to keep your hard wood flooring cleaner in a simple manner, then you cannot be much simpler than vinegar and water. You can use white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, essential oil, or even distilled water vinegar in your hardwood floor cleaner.
You want to be sure to mix one cup of vinegar for every gallon of water, though you will most likely want to do this in a bucket rather than trying to bottle it on your own. You want to be sure that you wring your mop out before you begin floor cleaning.
You do not want to use a wet mop as it will dilute the cleaner and make a bigger mess. Instead you want to use a damp mop or a steam mop. The vinegar in the cleaning solution will remove any stains or slight odors that are on the floor.
If you want to have a shiner floor then you can mix equal parts vegetable oil or olive oil and distilled water together. You want to place this cleaning solution in a spray bottle instead of a bucket.
Spray it on your floor and then wipe it down using a soft and clean cloth. Try a microfiber cloth which thoroughly cleans any surface such as tile floors, bamboo floors, prefinished wood floors. After you have done an initial wipe-down you need to use a different clean cloth to wipe it down again to pick up any excess particles and really bring the floor’s shine out.
You may also use a solutions of dish soap as murphy’s oil soap, woca natural soap, castile soap and other dish soap made of essential oils.
It is essential that you clean your laminate flooring every day with a natural homemade floor cleaner. You need to at least be sure to sweep the floor every day so that you can remove the particles that build up.
Place a rug near doors so that you and your family can wipe your feet and keep any unwanted particles from getting on your clean wood floors. You need to also be sure that you clean any spills immediately before the liquid has a chance to penetrate the wood.
If you do not do this you could have an even worse mess on your hands that will prove quite difficult to clean.
Dealing With Stains
If you want to get stains then you want to use a clean cloth with 3% hydrogen peroxide. You want to make sure to remove the excess. You want to put the cloth directly onto the stain and then cover it with a plastic.
You need to take a heavy object such as a book or paperweight and press the cloth on the stain firmly. After three hours you want to check. The stain should be gone, but if it is not then repeat the process until it is gone.
Cleaning hardwood floors with cleaning products may sound easy. However, you will need to remind yourself of how the chemicals in different floor cleaners affect the quality of your engineered wood flooring overtime. Consider the above simple cleaning tips and natural ways to clean hard wood floors.