Undoubtedly, wood floors are a great solution for any house. They can last for long periods without losing their aesthetic value if they’re well taken care of. However, the cleaning process may be quite costly if you decide to employ the services of professional cleaners. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to always be the case as you can easily clean your floors naturally by yourself. You can do this by using natural cleaning products such as vinegar, lemon juice and oil polish or simply by regularly removing stains. Here, we take a look at ways in which you can clean wooden floors naturally.
1. Using Vinegar
As a start when intending to use vinegar to naturally clean your wood floors, the first and most basic thing to do is to sweep up debris from the floor on a daily basis. This ensures that your floor is always dirt-free and ensures that the floor seals are protected as its mopped. After the debris has been removed, you should then mix the vinegar and hot water. The mixture should be thoroughly stirred in order to make it effective. Since vinegar is acidic, it shouldn’t be overdone as it may wear your floor seals. To obtain a pleasant smell, you may add any of the essential oils such as lavender or lemon. After preparing your mixture, you can then dampen a mop with it and wring it out. With the dampened mop, go over the floor to loosen debris. A second pass should be able to remove all the dirt that remains on the floor. If you notice that the mop begins to leave streaks, clean it by rinsing it with the hot water. Also, change the solution once it becomes dirty. When concluding, ensure that there aren’t any water pools that remain on the floor by using a towel that has the ability to absorb it.
2. Using oil, polish and lemon juice
Into a 3.8L gallon of hot water, mix 180ml of olive oil and 120ml of lemon juice. The lemon juice works to remove grime while the oil makes the floor shiny. Just like in the first method involving the vinegar, you can dampen your mop in the solution of oil and lemon juice. This is followed by a thorough wringing of the mop to ensure that water puddles are not left on your floor. After mopping the entire floor, follow it up with a clean towel to help absorb any excess water that may have remained on the floor. This excess should by no means, be left as it can damage the wood when it soaks. Let the floor dry on its own for a few hours. This ensures that the oil makes the floor shiny.
3. Using White Vinegar and Baking Soda
The two ingredients should be mixed in an equal ratio in order to end-up with a paste. This paste is useful in removing dark spots, including the stains left by pet droppings without requiring you to scrub them. Alternatively, the baking soda can be sprinkled on the floor and left that way for a day before moping. This can also be done by mixing equal amounts of water and baking soda to form a paste.
With these three natural methods, you’ll be able to maintain your wooden floors and hence make them last longer. As you can see these products are easily accessible and yet have the ability to amazingly keep your floors looking great at all times.