Laying down hardwood floors in your home may have cost you an absolute fortune, but caring and cleaning your wooden floorboards won’t prove cheap either! Yes, hardwood floors are by far the most revered and attractive features in any home, but if you decide to go with such expensive flooring, you should bear in mind the maintenance work and domestic cleaning that comes with it! This is not an attempt to dissuade anyone from laying down hardwood flooring, but simply a guide on how to save some money when it comes to house cleaning those cherished floors!
Home cleaning products boast a range of hardwood floor polishes, waxes, detergents etc. all rather overpriced, particularly if you go for a known name. Well here are some helpful tips on how to mix your own hardwood floor cleaners and it couldn’t be easier. In fact you probably have a lot of these ingredients or products in your kitchen, which you use for other jobs.
Now let’s begin. Before even thinking about cleaning your hardwood floors, you’ll need to pick up any residual dirt; mud or hair as using a mop directly on these substances could scratch your wood. So use a soft-bristled broom to sweep up any dust, or a vacuum with a special attachment for hardwood floors to suck up any dirt.
First of all you’ll need enough liquid to make your mop or cloth damp. It’s imperative not to soak your mop as this could lead to water seeping deep into the floorboards causing them to expand and initiating permanent damage to your wooden floors.
Here are some excellent home-made-floor-cleaning recipes that can save you a bomb on purchasing store bought domestic cleaning products!
Mix vinegar with essential oils or water and then damped the mop with the solution. Then work towards the grain of the hardwood floor and you will see the floorboards begin to shine. Another solution you could mix together would be washing up liquid or soap with vinegar. Even the cleaning professionals swear by this solution, as it really gave the floors a good clean! The last one is a little hard to believe, but why not steep 1 teabag in two mugs of water and let it cool until it were just tepid. Then remove the tea bag and soak a clean cloth in the liquid, wring it out and use it to polish the floors. It’s the tannic acid in the tea that’s responsible for giving the wooden floorboards such a shine! Meanwhile another useful tip is to add some drops of essential oils, like lavender oil or tea tree oil to a couple of litres of warm, not hot, water to give your floor that extra sheen!
Scuff-marks are the enemy of all hardwood floors, but you don’t need to call in the professional cleaners just yet! One way to eliminate them is to spray a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water, with a few drops of essential oil to the affected area. Then sprinkle over some baking soda. After the two mixtures begin to fizz, scrub over the marks with a soft towel until they are gone! If you don’t get the desired results the first time, try it again! To polish your floorboards then mix equal parts of olive oil and white vinegar.
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