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 ...
- 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 ...
- A vinegar cleaning spray that will lift off embedded grime particularly the yucky stuff that somehow builds up in the corners ...
- 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!
What about you? What are your fave natural cleaning tips? Do share below ...
P.S. If ... like me! ... you struggle to keep on top of the housework you'll love my other easy housework posts and my monthly mailer of super simple tips that help you conquer the housework before it conquers you ....