Keeping Your Hardwood Floor Happy the Natural Way
Whether you have invested in a new hardwood floor or have inherited it in your new home, you will be looking to keep it healthy and shiny for as long as possible. Although there are various ways of doing just that, the best way is to treat your wood well from the moment you install it. Well treated wood flooring contributes so much to any home in terms of beauty, practicality, cleanliness and the general aesthetics of the room, so it is only natural to want to keep it looking great for as long as possible.
Whether you have opted for a stylishly low-key matt effect or a stunningly shiny glossy showpiece your floor, like most of us, needs a little help in looking good. Go for a naturally beautiful floor by avoiding those toxin-laden polishing products which so often do nothing but cause unwanted product build-up on the surface of the floor. Do it the old-fashioned way. Choose to use hand-made cleaning products your grandmother would be proud of and your purse will appreciate.
All of these home-made polish solutions should be applied on clean and vacuumed floors. For first time use, apply to a test area on an area normally covered by furniture or a rug.
Workable Options for Real Wood Floor Polish
- White vinegar
- 1 gallon container of lukewarm water
- Household sponge
Dissolve ½ standard cup size of vinegar into the water. Dip the sponge into the water and wring thoroughly wash the floor with the solution on the sponge, rinsing regularly in clean water.
¼ standard cup of grated beeswax
¼ standard cup of household turpentine
Pot of boiling water
Place grated beeswax in a heat-resistant bowl and put inside the pot of boiling water until the wax is fully melted. Add the turpentine and stir until the solution naturally cools. Apply to clean and dust-free floor using the sponge. Remove residual polish with a dry duster and allow the surface to dry completely for 12 hours before using the room.
Cup of white vinegar
Cup of vegetable oil
Soft cleaning cloth
Mix vinegar and vegetable oil into a bowl and blend well. Use the cleaning rag to spread the polish evenly across the floor, rinsing in clean water as you go. Work the polish along the wood grain and use the soft cloth to dry.
*Make sure you use a strict 1:1 ratio of vinegar and oil*
The one below has been created especially for laminate and engineered wood floors.
1 cup of white vinegar
1 cup of plain water
1 cup of lemon juice
¼ cup of washing up liquid (unscented and undyed)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Apply to the floor with a lightly damp sponge, rinsing the sponge in clean water after every application. Remove any residual solution with a dry duster. Avoid puddling and pooling on the floor.
Natural Mineral Solutions
Oil-based naturals such as linseed and tung oils are effective and gentle real wood floor cleaners. You can also try a mix of baby shampoo and baby oil to bring the sheen back to lighter coloured woods such as pine and beech. Dark woods can be treated with an everyday teabag dipped in water and rubbed across the floor.
The best solutions are often the simplest to make (as well as being the cheapest). The abovementioned cleaners have all been tried and tested and should always be used sparingly. Avoid over-wetting the floor and dry well when finished for best results.