How to clean a hardwood floor with vinegar?

by Gen16614311

Can I clean a hardwood floor with vinegar? Please share your tips and experiences!

  17 answers
  • S. Cherry S. Cherry on Mar 03, 2019

    First use a swiffer and dust the floor . Then mix up 1 part vinegar and 6 parts water. No soap because it leaves a residue that won’t allow you to screen ( means lightly sand it) the floor before refinishing it. It works great.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 28, 2018

    1 cup apple cider vinegar

    1 Tbsp blue Dawn

    2 gallons hot water

    Wring mop as dry as possible. This will clean and produce a great shine without rinsing afterwards. Mop to remove residue and restore to original finish.

    In between, I use a microfiber duster to clean the floors. I've been using this since I was a kid. It cleans and removes residue from all the other cleaners. If I want extra shine, I add OrangeGlo.

    If you prefer not to wet mop, I sometimes use orangeglo or furniture polish but beware - they are slick afterwards. My kids love when I do this because they can slip & slide in their socks for several days. The kitty doesn't like it at all, she has a difficult time stopping.

    Another cleaner is 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 2 gallons of hot water.

  • Sheila Ryan Sheila Ryan on Nov 25, 2018

    If they are sealed floors, use Murphy’s oil soap & then vinegar & water. But maybe 25 vinegar to 75% water.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 22, 2018

    Try white vinegar and water 50/50 and a micro fiber mop first to remove any residue.then use the hardwood floor care system by Bona

  • I always just use vinegar and water. If they look dull, I add some Method wood cleaner which smells amazing and makes the floors shiny again.

  • In our previous home I used warm water with a splash of vinegar. My hardwood floors were dark and I found that any amount of dish soap added would leave a residue. My mother uses a steam mop on low to clean her wood floors, and she loves it.

    Good luck!

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Oct 05, 2015
    I use white vinegar on a mop that is wrung out, not really wet.
  • Unexpected Elegance Unexpected Elegance on Sep 17, 2019

    One cup of vinegar mixed with one gallon of water is a great solution to use after you have swept!

  • We use warm water and white vinegar as recommended by our floor refinisher

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jan 02, 2019

    Most hardwood floor manufactures recommend using 1 cup of vinegar and 1 gallon of water to clean a hardwood floor. Most hardwood floors can be cleaned with a micro fiber dry mop that will pick up dirt that might scratch the floor. If you want your floors to shine, the best solution IMO, is to be sure to rinse that vinegar off with clear water and buff the floors with a soft or micro fiber cloth/mop.

  • Rowgop (Pam) Rowgop (Pam) on Jan 22, 2018

    You can use a commercial wood-cleaning product, like Bona or Murphy’s Oil Soap. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions. You can also make your own cleaner by mixing one part vinegar to 10 parts warm water. Add a few drops of liquid Castile soap.

    Saturate a rag or sponge mop in your cleaning solution. Wring it out thoroughly so the mop is damp, not wet. Mop the floor with the cleaner, being careful to not put too much liquid on the floor. Rinse the mop with clean water, wring out excess, and damp mop the floor to remove the cleaner. Wipe up excess water with a clean, dry towel because standing water will damage the floor.

  • Mar22115247 Mar22115247 on Sep 26, 2017

    I damp mop with vinegar. It leaves a beautiful shine.

  • Arlene G Arlene G on Apr 14, 2012
    We use a small amount of white vinegar with clear water... works extremely well... cleans... leaves no residue.
  • Francie N Francie N on Apr 14, 2012
    I use a cup of white vinegar to a bucket of warm water. I've tried all the products out there that are supposed to be for hardwood floors, they all leave a residue. This leaves no residue and they shine, shine, shine !!
  • William P William P on Apr 15, 2012

    My company does this professionally. The ONLY suggestion that I would ad-lib to in-between professional clean & buffs would be what a few folks stated above...fill a sink with warm water and add only 1/4 cup of white vinegar and wring that mop out till it's just barely moist and go over your floors to pick up the light dirt films ...if you have a fan or blower, put that on right away to dry it.. If you do not want to permanently ruin, scratch, warp, or water damage your floors....

  • Karen E Karen E on Apr 19, 2012
    water and vinegar seems to be the theme here. My housekeeper mixes warm water, white vinegar and a small amount of pine sol rather than murphy oil. The murphy oil makes the floors too slippery. The pine sol gives it a cleaning agent. She cleans with a damp mop. I have asked her to cut back on the pine sol as it irritated my sinuses. I have heard rave reviews about the Oreck steam cleaner. We have over 1200 sq ft of red oak flooring so it is quite a job!!
  • Sandie P Sandie P on Jun 07, 2012
    ok, I love Bona, but I have run out & need to get some so I just tried the water, vinegar, alcohol, dish soap recipe. I just put some into a spray bottle got a rag & got on my knees so I can see up close how well it works & I LOVE IT!!!!!!! I have 2 boys that play lacrosse & football, a daughter that is a competitive gymnast, a husband, a dog & I work for my dad. Many times I am just happy to get the floor swept & right now it looks like the day it was installed. Now to keep everyone off the floor downstairs ;-D