Cleaning Green Recipes And Wood Flooring

by Sherrie
A friend called me last night to ask about the newest recipe she had read for wood flooring. Lemon juice, vinegar, lemon oil and water. My frustration is because the manufactories don't give clear directions. When we installed flooring for my mother the first thing I grabbed were the cleaning guidelines. They only guideline was to use a cleaner that we had a very hard time finding. Bona didn't work on her flooring it streaked it because they are exotic. So what do you do if you don't know?
The recipe above will damage your flooring in so many different ways. Vinegar and lemon juice will etch polyurethane any liquid like vinegar and lemon juice which both are acidic when coming in contact with oak will react with the tannin causing it to darken quickly.
So simple green cleaning is no more than a spray bottle of water and a microfiber mop. Spray the mop with water and mop and dry.
Supper sticky and dirty?
A bucket, micro fiber mop, PH Balanced dish soap a drop or two. A gallon of water. I soak the micro fiber mops. And then I squeeze out all the water. And let them set. I squeeze them out again I don't want to soak the floor with water. I mop and then dry with a dry micro fiber mop. I work in small sections.
No exotic recipes. Keep it simple. No measuring and making something I know it will damage something so beautiful.
To find your cleaning guidelines for your flooring
Do a internet search. Armstrong wood flooring cleaning guidelines. You can insert the name of your flooring to find the correct guidelines.
Damaged with vinegar. A picture is worth it's weight in gold.
PH Balanced Dish Soap
PH Balanced Dish Soap
Cleaning without damaging!
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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jun 06, 2017
    Were you ever able to repair the floor damaged by vinegar, shown in the photograph? The blue would thrill me, but then I would have to damage the entire floor in hopes it would match!
    Best wishes 😇

  • Gaile Wenham Gaile Wenham on Jul 30, 2017
    I love the colour of the flooring . Is that blue stain on top?

  • Deborah Deborah on Feb 08, 2019

    What about the PH balanced dish soaps with added lemon orange? Are these chemical scents or oil, or real citric acid? I don't want to think I am using a green product only to do damage .

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  • Victoria Mendolia Victoria Mendolia on Aug 31, 2017
    Have lived in my house for 40 years the bedrooms are oak hard wood the secret in maintaining them s Butchers wax. shoes are not worn in my house the floors are waxed maybe once every 20-25 years and vaced often mention the shine on these floors the take away is certainly remove your shoes

    • Joy Joy on Sep 16, 2020

      Vaced ? Is that short for vacuum? Oak hardwood is beautiful! Does anyone protect.after initial installment with a laoquer? Where does one buy butchers wax

  • Sherrie Sherrie on Sep 22, 2020

    Wax was used at the beginning. They would strip and reWax every so often. I still know people who wax. Polycrylic or polyethylene is easy and fast to use. A lot of it is water soluble and makes clean up easier. Lacquer can be used and is a good sealer. It is different for everyone. I re did my floors recently and used polycrylic to seal.