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Mopping With Vinegar - Safe For Most Floor Types & Tips For Success

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Mopping your floors with Vinegar is safe for most all floor types including wood floors. You should NOT use it on marble or stone though as it will cause it to "pit". Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and not to mention that you can save money on buying the expensive cleaners.
To get started make sure to sweep your floor thoroughly before mopping. Mopping a floor with crumbs still on it can cause the starches in the crumbs to turn to gluten and create spots that are very difficult to clean. Mix together 1/4 cup of white vinegar with a 1 quart of water in your bucket. Mop in small sections and when you need to rinse your mop try to rinse it in the sink before putting it back into your vinegar solution so you are not putting the dirt into the clean solution. Allow the floor to air dry and when it's dry, it should be streak free with no vinegar odor. Be sure that you wring your mop well - standing water can damage wood floors.
White vinegar doesn't smell pretty but it isn't toxic for you. You can add a few drops of essential oils and not only will it make your vinegar smell better it will also increase the disinfection power.
Another idea is to make one of these citrus vinegar solutions:
Orange Vinegar Cleaner
Lemon Vinegar Cleaner
Grapefruit Vinegar Cleaner

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  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    on Apr 7, 2013

    I would not suggest you use this on wood floors. It will etch and damage them. Wood floors finish is to protect the wood once that finish is etched it starts damaging. First it becomes cloudy and then it damages. The underneath of wood is not finished. All it takes is for this solution to start damaging the underneath of the flooring. On engineered wood it is done in thin layers with a plastic like surface protection. If the surface is damaged it is damaged. On these floors it is very hard to resurface. You have to replace that section instead. This wood be a good cleaner for other flooring but not wood. Many Grandmothers used vinegar in the good ole days. There wood floors were sealed with paste wax. They stripped and re-waxed several times a year. And if you have seen drift wood art, or aged furniture, or aged wood. This is what I use to age my wood. Vinegar...many crafters use this to age wood. Think drift wood.

  • Sheila E
    Sheila E Suffolk, VA
    on Apr 7, 2013

    Vinegar will also etch stone. Vinegar and water is best used on laminates, like Pergo , vinyls and maybe ceramics. Actually, with laminates you don't want to use anything else other than water or water and vinegar because the rest will make the flooring cloudy, which can be difficult to correct.

    • Liz Feeser-Regan
      Liz Feeser-Regan Alexandria, IN
      on Mar 22, 2015

      @Sheila E You are so right after moving into a house with laminate in the living and dining room (large rooms), Vinegar became my friend. I also put just a drop of Dawn in the water my floors look great.

  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    on Apr 8, 2013

    It will also cause damage to travertine tile. It will cause it to crumble.vinegar has its place in cleaning but it is not a cleaning tool for everything. I always go to the manufacture before I clean something new. Because it is my job to make sure I am cleaning the surface right. Even through I use chemicals in my company, I have several companies and people I clean green for sometimes it's as simple as using dish soap. And a little vinegar in the right places.

  • Carla Swanson
    Carla Swanson Edmonds, WA
    on May 11, 2013

    the installers of my swedish finish floors emphacized to me to ONLY use VINEGAR diluted to clean them. 7 years later, even the kitchen floor looks good.

  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    on May 11, 2013

    I did pull up the Manufactory cleaning guidelines on your flooring. It depends on which method they use. But in some of the methods it does say vinegar. I was surprised. But I always follow the manufactory guidelines.

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