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How to clean engineered hardwood floors with vinegar and water




Usually, hardwood flooring has a urethane finish. As a result, the process of cleaning such floors particularly implies cleaning the finish instead of the floor. You must consistently clean hardwood floors and care for them on a regular basis. A primary method of cleaning hardwood floors is by dusting and mopping them. Many other methods are also used. Using vinegar to clean hardwood floors is a simple and easy method. This article outlines the process that you need to follow in order to do this.
Vinegar has an acidic nature, and is made by undergoing a process known as fermentation. Its main ingredient is acetic acid. There are several types of vinegars that are available in different forms; some are diluted whilst others are concentrated. The process of cleaning hardwood floors with vinegar involves the usage of white vinegar that is an inexpensive cleaning product. It produces good results when used for sanitizing bathroom floors and eliminating odors. Also, since vinegar evaporates speedily, there is no need for you to wait for it to dry for long periods of time.
Firstly, you will require some basic household products. This includes two buckets, a mop, a broom, a vacuum cleaner, a gallon of clean water and half a cup of white vinegar.
You must then clear all the rugs from the floor and lift the furniture off the floor. Next, use the broom to remove the dust that has gathered on the floor. The remaining dust in places like the corners of the flooring can be eliminated by the use of a vacuum cleaner. The stains should be removed and then the floor should be mopped. Mild commercial products and soft cloth pieces can be used for the removal of stains from hardwood floors.
You could also add half a cup of white vinegar to one gallon of warm water in a bucket to make a solution. Using warm water is essential. Avoid placing the bucket on the hardwood floor, as it may leave a mark. Instead, a folded towel can be placed between the bucket and floor to act as padding.
The second bucket should be filled with clean, fresh water. It should be placed on a folded towel in the same way as the first bucket. A small area of the floor should always be tested before applying the solution to the entire floor.
Dip the mop in the solution and then strain out the extra water from the mop to ensure that it is damp and that water is not dripping from it. Mopping should be begin from the furthest end of the room and should be done in strokes from left to right, in figure 8 motions. Whenever you see that the mop is dirty, clean it using the fresh water filled in the other bucket. The whole room should be mopped in this way.
However, since vinegar is acidic, most people discourage its usage for cleaning hardwood floors. Using vinegar regularly for cleaning may mark your hardwood floor with mild scratches that can become extremely noticeable in the long run. Therefore, refrain from using vinegar weekly. Using it once in a while is recommendable. At other times, other mild cleaning products should be used.
As seen above, your hardwood floors can be cleaned easily with vinegar. Also, a good quality wax can be used to give your floors a glossy look once your floors have been cleaned with vinegar.
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