The majority of wood floors today are finished with a coat of polyurethane. When you clean a wood floor, you're actually cleaning the the polyurethane and not the wood. The wood sits beneath the polyurethane finish. If you've spilled laundry detergent on a hardwood floor, don't fret, because you can clean this right off the surface of the polyurethane. When choosing a cleaner to use on the floor, think of the floor surface more as a mirror or glass window, rather than a wood floor. Polyurethane cleans up better when you use a product that won't leave streaks.
Things You'll Need
- Non-abrasive vacuum hose attachment
- Powerful shop vacuum
- Plastic putty knife
- White vinegar
Place a non-abrasive attachment on the end of a powerful shop vacuum and suck up all excess laundry detergent.
Use a plastic putty knife to lift any detergent film up off the floor. It is important to use plastic instead of metal to avoid scratching the floor's finish.
Use a wet rag to mop up the bulk of the laundry detergent. Wring the rag out in a sink, rinse it and then re-mop the area until you can't see any more of the spilled detergent.
Dip the rag in a mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent white vinegar and use this to remove any remaining residue. Rinse the floor again with a rag and plain water to remove the vinegar.
Tips & Warnings
- You can use rubbing alcohol if you don't have any white vinegar.
- Always clean with the grain of the wood to help hide water spots.
- Avoid scrubbing too hard with the rag or you'll dull the finish on the floor.
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