Cleaning Build-Up Off Hardwood Floors


Build-up on hardwood floors becomes a problem over time, especially when you use cleaning products that leave behind a waxy gloss film. This film is not easily removed, and often when you use another commercial cleaner to get rid of the build-up, you end up simply adding more film to the flooring. Instead, by cleaning with a solution that leaves no film behind, you will be able to remove the build-up without harming the hardwood floors.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Combine 1/4 cup of either apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar with one gallon warm water in a bucket.

  • Put the mop into the cleaning bucket, and remove from the bucket.

  • Wring out the mop over the bucket, making sure the water goes back into the bucket and not onto the hardwood floors.

  • Swipe the mop over your hardwood floors. The slight amount of vinegar is still strong enough to remove the build-up, but your goal is to use as little water as possible to prevent swelling and cracking of the wood.

  • Clean the floor as much as needed, as heavy build-up will take awhile to remove, but the vinegar will in the long run remove the build-up and dry clear of film or residue.

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