Using the wood floor does give the impression of warm and natural. But, know that cleaning the wood floor is definitely different with the granite or ceramic floor. A little wrong to do the maintenance, then the wood floor is easily porous, dull, and damaged. The wood floor is more easily absorbs water so that dust and dirt are harder to clean. Things that cause damaged wood flooring include weather, activities performed on the floor surface, and incorrect cleaning.
One way to take care of hardwood floors to always look clean and shiny is with regular cleaning. Only sweeping is not enough to clean the dust. You should also clean with a special liquid wood floor. But you do not need to buy cleaning liquid that might contains chemicals. Instead, you can make your own. In this article, we will share tips on how to make environmentally diy wood floor cleaner.
- 60 ml – white vinegar
- 10 drops – essential oil (lavender, orange, lemon: optional)
- 1000 ml – spray bottle
- Warm water
- Clean cloth (damp and dry)
- Clean mop (damp and dry)
STEP 1: Clean the floor surface using a vacuum. I recommend using vacuum cleaner than broom because the vacuum works well to lift the dirt.
STEP 2: Make a solution of vinegar, olive oil, essential oil and warm water with the same comparison. Pour 60ml of white vinegar and 10 drops of essential oil into 1000ml of the spray bottle. Fill the remaining bottle with water then shake to mix the liquid.
- Mixing white vinegar is very useful if your wood floor is exposed to mud stains or other stains that cause the floor looks dull.
- White vinegar is too coarse if used in pure form, so you have to mix it with water.
- You can also make other solutions by using vinegar by combining 80 ml of white vinegar with 3 drops of liquid detergent and 4 liters of warm water.
STEP 3: Spray the mixture bit by bit then wipe it clean. Do not spray the entire floor with a cleaning solution at once. You should immediately clean the solution from the floor. Spraying the entire floor at the same time will prevent you from cleaning on all layers of wood. If you work with a larger area, you can also use a bucket to mop it up.
STEP 4: Wipe the solution with a damp mop. Make sure you wring the damp cloth or mop before using it. Wipe the floor with a circular motion.
- You can also use a soft microfiber cloth. But do not use a rough cloth.
- Do not wet the floor directly with large amounts of water because it will cause moisture and create the floor to be curved.
STEP 5: The final step is to dry your wood floor. If the floor is still quite wet, wipe with a dry microfiber cloth. If only a little water is left on the wooden floor, you can let it evaporate by itself.