Natural Wood Floor Cleaner

Looking for a simple and effective way to clean your hardwood floors? Black tea makes the ideal natural cleaner!
Black tea contains polyphenolic compounds that inhibit microbial growth. Also, the tannins found in black tea add a subtle sheen to your hardwood floor.
Black tea is also less acidic than the common DIY cleaner, white vinegar. Therefore it’s less harsh and more apt to protect your floor’s finish.
Boil two to four black tea bags in a quart of water. The longer you allow it to brew, the darker and more efficient the cleaner. (If you have light colored wood, you’ll want to stick with a shorter brew time.)
Pour the tea into a small bucket. Immerse a soft cloth in the tea. Remove and wring thoroughly. (The cloth should be damp, not wet, to allow for quick drying.) Wipe the floor in the direction of the grain and enjoy the beauty of your hardwood floor!
Black tea is not suitable for laminate flooring. For laminate, try a gentle castile soft soap diluted in a bucket of water.

Andrea Fabry
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  • Pun2630932 Pun2630932 on Mar 22, 2016
    I hoping this is ok on bamboo floors, I gave dark floors. Bamboo is natural so I think it would be ok, any how I am going to try this on a small area
  • Jim Greene Jim Greene on Apr 16, 2016
    Most modern floors have polyurethane on them and I doubt this would penetrate that sealant .