Monday, 31 March 2014

Clean Wooden Floors Naturally

We have stripped wooden floor boards all through our house.

Most of the boards are the originals from the 1860s but downstairs, to keep the cold out, we cross layered old school room-boards found in a fabulous south London salvage yard.

They are all stained a very dark Jacobbean oak colour and I really like how they worked out.

But there's three floors of twisty, narrow stairs worth of them which are NOT easy to clean.

I used to use keep them clean and shiney with a wood floor cleaner from Method that you just squirt on and wipe over with a damp mop.

I have to say I loved this product! Members of my family who do NOT know one end of a mop from the other, loved this product and its yummy almond smell!

If you have wooden floors and an unlimited budget I would totally recommend it.

My problem is, I don't have an unlimited budget!

I have saved loads of money cutting out all but essential cleaning products and so as the Method spray ran out I've been looking for a cheap natural alternative that worked as well.

AND that had to be an alternative that didn't involve lugging a bucket of water and mop up three floors of twist-turny narrow stairs on a weekly basis ....

... because that my friends just ain't gonna happen!!

And what a result!

I found not just one but THREE fab solutions ...

  1. A micro fibre mop you use damp, so need for a bucket of water, which is all you need to use most of the time ...
  2. A vinegar cleaning spray that will lift off embedded grime particularly the yucky stuff that somehow builds up in the corners ... 
  3. An olive oil treatment spray that will sort out scratches and scuffs

Micro Fibre Mops 

Micro fibre mops have hundreds of thousands of tiny fibres that attract dirt and grime.

I've got an e-Cloth mop ... but a bunch of other micro fibre mops also get great reviews.

Our mop is brilliant at getting our wooden floors clean ... after a quick hoover ... in just a minute or so per room ... and as it works best damp rather than wet there's no bucket to carry around!

After using cleaning products for so long, I was sceptical about whether a mop would be enough, but 95% of the time it's all you need ... and our floors take a real beating!!

Vinegar Cleaning Spray

But if your wooden floors are really grimey just shake up the following in a spray bottle ...

  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 teaspoons of vinegar
  • A few drops of essential oil if you don't like the vinegar smell

Spray onto any really grimey areas and wipe off with a micro fibre cloth.

Or just spray ahead of yourself before mopping.

Olive Treatment Spray

Or if your wooden floors are scuffed shake up the following in a spray bottle ...

  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 4 to 5 teaspoons of olive oil

Apply with a micro fibre cloth or spray ahead and mop in ...

It's as easy as that! Super quick, super cheap & NO buckets of water to lug around!

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  1. I am so attached to my Murphy's Oil, though! However, I know this works because I have made my own cleaning spray for my wood floor. Mine really, really, need refinished though.

  2. Growing up my grandmother and mother used Murphy's Oil for so many things. Now that I am older and have to deal with my own budget, it's one of those things that bring me so many happy memories I don't mind buying a small bottle and stretching it out. There is just something about the smell that an cooking oil blend doesn't have. I do enjoy vinegar for cleaning. So cheap and works on so many things. I do have stubborn hard water stains that can be a drag. We too have wood floors. The bedrooms have the original wood flooring while the living room has been replaced with that snap together stuff. Done long before I moved in! Wood floors are much easier to handle when you have pets. Just sweep and go! Love your tips! Chrystal @ YUM eating

  3. Right on! I'm a huge fan of simple vinegar and water. My home isn't quite as old as yours, but it's from the 1940s and also has the original hardwood floors. I use my old Swiffer, but I put microfiber towels on the end instead of the disposable swiffer things. Then I spray a portion of the floor with a vinegar and water solution and use the microfiber towel/Swiffer broom to "mop" the floors. It works beautifully. Pinning, sharing on Facebook, etc. :)

  4. I use a steam mop for safely cleaning the floors (don't want chemicals on my kitties' paws). For grime that needs scrubbed of in spots, I agree that a simple vinegar water spray is effective. Rebecca |

  5. Gonna have to try these. We just pulled up the carpet to expose the original wood floors in our house. Needless to say, they're old and I need something to help them look better until I can completely redo them.
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. I do the vinegar spray and microfiber mop with my floors - it works so much better than the old floor cleaner I used. I think a very light mist is key - this keeps the wood from getting too wet.

  7. I steam mop mine, but I love the idea of the olive oil treatment

  8. Thanks for sharing! I've been looking for the best/safest way to clean our newly refinished floors!


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