How do I clean a dark refinished hardwood floor?

My floor has been great just washing it with water bu now it seems to have a film on it

  3 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Apr 04, 2019

    Hi Buzzy, I have 100 year old hardwoods in my house which I refinished with dark walnut stain and then with several coats of a satin polycrylic. All I use is a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water with a splash of any essential oil. It works amazing, my floors come out gleaming every time.

    I generally use orange, lemongrass, eucalyptus or tea tree oil because it all smells good and its good against bacteria.

    Also I have a good mop specific for hardwood floors.

  • Robin Robin on Apr 04, 2019

    If you have hard water perhaps there’s a fine film of lime deposit on it. Maybe a wash solution with some vinegar will remove the film. Could also be whatever the floor was finished with was not meant to get wet. You wouldn’t wash your good varnished furniture with soap & water after all.... if you do get your fine furniture wet, often there is a white spot left behind.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 04, 2019

    I have always used 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp blue dawn, 2 gallons warm water with the mop well wrung since 2001 and my floors look amazing and shiny, no film. You are probably seeing a film from the chemicals in your water.