The Best Way to Clean Hardwood Floors With Vinegar

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Clean hardwood floors with white vinegar.
Clean hardwood floors with white vinegar. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Hardwood floors require regular cleaning, as with any other type of flooring. Hard chunks of residue and debris can harm the flooring, causing scratches and indentations. This makes it important to remove loose buildup regularly. Use a cleaning solution on occasion that disinfects and removes sticky residue. All cleaning routines should leave behind no residue when the floor has dried. Vinegar is your best cleaning option as it is an all-natural product that eliminates the need for chemical cleaners; the vinegar also leaves behind no residue so you are left with a streak-free shine.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom or vacuum cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Mop

Sweep over the hardwood with a soft broom or a vacuum cleaner to collect the loose buildup. Do this every few days or as needed when you notice residue.

Wipe the hardwood with a damp mop, making sure to wring out the mop well so you don't over-saturate and damage the flooring.

Mix 1 gallon water with 1 cup white vinegar. Dip your mop in the cleaner, again wring out well so the floor doesn't get over-saturated and wipe down the floor in the direction of the hardwood panels.

Let your hardwood floors air dry. The vinegar will have naturally cleaned and disinfected, and diluting it makes it safe for any type of hardwood floor.

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