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Cleaning solid hard wood flooring

When you clean wood flooring you are cleaning the sealer. The sealer protects your wood.
Turn off beater bars on a rug vacuum cleaner.
Never use these products on wood. Vinegar! Your Grandma used it so that makes it okay right? Your Grandma used vinegar she also waxed her floors with a paste wax. She stripped and re sealed it and buffed it several times a year. Most people now have a polyurethane finish on their floors. Vinegar will cloud then etch through the finish. This leaves the wood exposed and vinegar damages the wood. Think of drift wood. Crafters use vinegar to bleach wood out kind of a grayish finish. Wood soap. It is vegetable oil. After mopping your floors with it the water dries and leaves a residue. It makes
Your finish cloudy and it is hard to get off your floors. The more you use the more it builds up.
Green cleaning is simple. Use a micro fiber mop and spray bottle
Of water. Lightly most the mop and then mop, and dry, water is the enemy to wood flooring so protect it, dry it. Need a deeper clean? A few drops of dish soap in a bucket of water is all you need. A micro fiber mop. I mop in sections, then dry. You honestly don't need to
Do this often but with people, children and animals sometimes its a must do. Be sure and dry your floors.
Steam Mops
Don't use. Steam is forced down into the wood, it will create damage. The steam
Is forced in to the cracks and places of wood that aren't sealed. You can't dry those places. The floors will buckle and wrap with continuous use.
This is the generic version of cleaning hardwood flooring. Not exotic? Not engineered hardwoods.
There are many products to use. I use Bona on mine. When I need a cleaner. This is what my guideline from the manufactories guidelines suggest. My mothers new wood flooring
I didn't use her guidelines and using Bona streaked it her's suggested Bruce Flooringcleaners. But the generic's of cleaning both these floors with a little bit of water or a drop of dish soap were the same.

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  • Darcy
    Darcy Green Bay, WI
    on Aug 2, 2013

    never use vinegar on plastic either for the same reason....it will cloud the plastic.

  • MJ
    MJ Conway, SC
    on Aug 3, 2013

    What is best way to clean old hardwood floors that have polyurethane on them, but really needs refinishing?

  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    on Aug 3, 2013

    mjco -The polyurethane sealer is what protects the wood. If your polyurethane is damaged and it's bare wood I wouldn't get water on it. I know sometimes we have to mop floors because they get dirty, in that case I would spritz the bottom of a micro-fiber mop, and dry it. If you can do it don't mop the bare wood. The mop should be barely damp. Dry the floor. I am getting ready to strip, stain and re-seal my wood floors. We did dry wall and it was like sand paper on the floor and took the finish right off the floor. But I want my floors stained darker, and I am going to use a different sealer. I thought we had a really good one but we re-did another floor and bought a different kind and that room also had new dry wall installed and it didn't have one mark on it.

  • Sherrie
    Sherrie Nixa, MO
    on Aug 3, 2013

    Darcy your right! I was using vinegar for my yoga pants those stretchy ones : ). And after a couple of Washington using vinegar as a softener I had little elastic strings all over my yoga pants. I had to throw them away! Their expensive.

  • Dawn @ Creative Cain Cabin
    Dawn @ Creative Cain Cabin Bellevue, MI
    on Aug 3, 2013

    I have the very expensive Bona floor sealer (the recommended high mall traffic stuff) and hate it. It didn't hold up well at all and their cleaner streaks and is horrible too. I agree, I just use water and a drop of dish detergent on a microfiber mop.

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