How to Clean Hardwood Floors With Vinegar

Hardwood floors signal a good home investment and with proper care and maintenance, they can be maintained over a long period of time. Hardwood flooring adds a novel look to your home decor and is compatible with each season.

Regular cleaning is an important key to keeping your wooden floors clean and looking its best. The good news is, a well-installed and polished wooden flooring, are the easiest surfaces to care and maintain unlike that of carpets or soft-resilient floors.

Here Are A Few Ways To Clean Hardwood Floors With Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the most reliable ways to not expose your wooden floors to harsh and toxic chemicals. It is safe, non-toxic and easy to keep in the household around kids and pets.

Vinegar can also be used as a disinfectant. The acidity found in vinegar allows it to eliminate most mold, bacteria, and germs.

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DO NOT use a lot of water on the floor as this will cause serious damage to your hardwood floor!

1. Clean hardwood floors with vinegar and olive oil

A few drops of vinegar and olive oil, with a damp microfiber mop, will help remove grease and dirt. Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/4 of olive oil into a spray applicator. Spray the floor with the mixture and mop with a damp microfiber mop. Your floor will look shimmering clean.

2. Clean hardwood floors with vinegar and baking soda

Disinfect and deodorize flooring by pouring in 1 cup baking soda, and 1 cup of white distilled vinegar. Let this sit for ten minutes, then run damp microfiber mop over the hardwood flooring.

3. Clean hardwood floors with vinegar and vegetable oil

To clean and polish hardwood floors, mix vegetable oil and vinegar into a spray bottle. Using a 1 to 1 ratio into the mixture, spray a thin layer on to the hardwood floor. Damp-mop well.

4. Clean hardwood floors with vinegar and borax

Borax has excellent disinfectant and deodorizing agents. To clean hardwood floor, mix 1/2 cup Borax into 1 cup white distilled vinegar and clean with this mixture. Use a damp microfiber mop over the flooring.

5. Clean hardwood floors with vinegar and lemon

For effective cleaning, mix 2 parts white distilled vinegar and 1 part lemon oil or juice. Spray and polish with a damp microfiber mop. This will leave the hardwood floor looking pristine and smelling good.

How Often to Clean Hardwood Floors

You should vacuum and/or dry mop hardwood floors daily. To general clean, spray a microfiber mop with one of the suggested mixtures above. The microfiber mop should be lightly damp, not wet.

Note: It is recommended that you clean your hardwood floor daily to remove debris. This should be done with a soft brush, broom or vacuum.

Helpful Tip!

Avoid moving heavy items, appliances, furniture or machine across your wood floor to prevent scratching/damage.

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