Hardwood floors add warmth and character to a home. Because they come in different colors and finishes and are relatively low maintenance, hardwood floors are a popular flooring option found in houses of all sizes and styles.
For regular maintenance and care, hardwood floors usually just need sweeping and gentle mopping to keep them looking their best. Over time, however, day-to-day wear and tear and accidents can start to build up, causing your floors to need a bit more attention and deep cleaning.
When that time comes, you have the option of using either a commercial cleaning product or a natural alternative to restore them to their former glory.
Commercial vs. Natural Hardwood Floor Cleaning Products
While grabbing a commercial hardwood floor cleaning product off the shelf may seem like a quick and easy way to wash hardwood floors, it comes with many risks. In fact, most even come with warning labels because of their health risks and the potential dangers they can cause to the environment.
Commercial cleaners often produce toxic fumes that can aggravate allergies as well as contribute to short- and long-term health issues. They can even be deadly if small children or pets ingest them. Then, after you are done cleaning, they can contaminate the earth if they get into the waterways or soil.
Homemade or natural hardwood floor cleaners, on the other hand, help you save time and money while keeping your family and the environment safe.
How to Prepare Your Hardwood Floors
Before you start cleaning your hardwood floors, here are a few tips to keep in mind so you don’t damage them:
- Sweep or vacuum to remove any dirt, debris or hair from the floor to prevent scratches.
- Test out all new products or recipes on a small, discreet area.
- Never saturate the floor or it will damage and warp the wood.
- As you clean, remove extra standing water.
- Do not over scrub when cleaning or you could damage the finish.
- Wait until the floors are dry before walking on them.
Recipes for Washing Hardwood Floors With Natural Cleaning Solutions
Vinegar is one of the best natural products to clean hardwood floors with. You can experience a shiny and streak-free finish during your regular cleanings with a simple solution of either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar and warm water.
Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar into a gallon of warm water. If you prefer apple cider vinegar, you can add 1/4 cup of it into a gallon of water instead. Add a little of your favorite essential oil if you want to tone down the scent, but make sure to keep pets away from the area, as some essential oils can make them ill.
Once you have your vinegar mixture, you can clean your floors using several different methods. This gentle solution can be sprayed onto a microfiber mop or added into a steam mop. You can also go with the traditional bucket and mop, but be careful not to get the mop drenching wet.
If you prefer not to use vinegar on your hardwood floors, you can also create a quick and easy natural cleaner by using a combination of olive oil, lemon juice and hot water.
How to Wash Grime Off Hardwood Floors With Natural Products
For bigger messes and accidents, you might need something a little more aggressive than just a simple warm water and vinegar mix. To cut through heavy dirt and grime, you can add around 1/8 cup of castile soap and 1/8 cup of vinegar into a gallon of water. If you need even more cleaning power or odor control, you can also add in 1/4 cup of baking soda.
Like always, be sure you don’t oversaturate the floor with the solution. Then, rinse your hardwood floors well after you are done cleaning.
Experience Professional Hardwood Floor Buffing and Cleaning Services With Cyclone Professional Cleaners
Our team at Cyclone Professional Cleaners will buff, clean and restore your hardwood floors using some non-toxic and environmentally friendly cleaning products. Our process will help to remove residue buildup and restore shine in addition to preserving and extending the life of your hardwood floors.
Our organic cleaning company works with real, natural wood as well as laminate and engineered product flooring. If you would like to learn more about how we can bring out the natural beauty of your floors, then feel free to contact us with any questions or to request a quote.