Best Ways to Clean Wood Floors Naturally

Cleaning wood floors is a simple job, provided you have a good hardwood vacuum and the time to vacuum regularly. But, if you allow dirt, grease, stain, or grit, to gather over time, then it can become arduous, painstaking task because you can’t simply “wash off” like you do with tile.

General Cleaning of Wood Surfaces

Many people use white vinegar as a natural cleaning solution. It is a cost effective, non-toxic, and safer alternative to harsh chemicals. Moreover, the acidic property of vinegar keeps bacteria, germs, molds, dust mites and viruses at bay.

Diluted lemon juice can do the same job even more effectively, but don’t try using lemon juice directly as it can easily remove the sheen off the floor. But, if you like the smell of fresh lemon, you can add a few drops of lemon essential oil to the mob liquid. Additionally, it is better to avoid using baking soda with vinegar as both neutralizes each other and the alkaline nature of soda is abrasive in nature.

To clean wood floors naturally and effectively, a solution of half a cup of vinegar and one gallon of water works well. But, vinegar can’t remove all types of stains.

Removing Simple Stains

Accidentally spilling juice or beverages is not something we can avoid always. In such a case, immediately wipe off the stain with a paper towel or dampened cloth.

Removing Crayon Smears

Smears of crayon stick easily on wooden surfaces since they themselves are made of oily, wax like substance. This can a bit hard to remove with simple paper towel. So arm yourself with some nylon rubbing pad and some mineral spirits to remove the smears. If that doesn’t work, apply some toothpaste on the smears and try scrubbing it gently.

Removing Paint or Dye

Removing stains of paint or dye is a challenging task. An effective solution is to mix one part of bleach with three parts of water, and slightly rub the stain with a dampened cloth.

Removing Congealed Grease

The best way is to use a blunt knife and slightly scrap off the hardened grease from its side. Once you have removed more than ¾ of the grease, remove the residue by slightly scrubbing a rag on it.

Removing Stains From Fruit Juices (like beets, carrots, etc.)

To remove simple fruit juice stains, mixture of mild detergent and water works well. But, if that doesn’t work well, you can try using some oxalic acid with water in the ratio of 1:3. The same works well for removing ink stains.

Removing Stains From Nail Polish and Lipstick

A simple solution of water and detergent should remove lipstick stain, but if you need better alternative, you could use a solution of scouring powder, water, detergent, and rub the stain with a plastic mesh.

Removing Scuff Marks

Removing scuffs can be a bit challenging. But, there are simple ways to do it. You can try using pencil erasers to remove light ones. If the scuffs are strong and stubborn, try rubbing with fine steel wool and some wood floor liquid wax. In fact, mildly rubbing with fine steel wool helps to remove lipstick, paint, and crayon smears.

Whenever you’re cleaning wood flooring, never leave a lot of water on it, as extra moisture makes the wood swell and allows bacteria, fungus, and loads of other microorganisms, to flourish well in and around the floor.

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