Caring for Hardwood Floors: Green Methods
Many people who choose a hardwood floor do so because of their concern for the environment. Unlike many building and flooring materials, wood is a completely renewable resource – as forests are harvested, they can be replanted again to create a replacement crop. This is not true for materials such as tiles made of quarried stone.
Those interested in wood as a renewable resource can purchase flooring that has been harvested in an environmentally responsible way. More and more organisations are cropping up to certify some harvesting operations as “green” in the environmental sense. Once the floors are installed, however, some consumers find themselves caught in a bind. They want to keep their floors looking beautiful and new, but they do not want to use chemicals on them that may potentially represent environmental hazards once they are rinsed down the drain or otherwise enter the environment outside the home.
The solution is to rely on green cleaning methods.
Green Floor Care Methods
Most of the time, hardwood floor maintenance needs little more than a broom and dustpan. When more thorough cleaning is desired, there is no need to pay high prices for green cleaners. To buff floors made of wood to a high shine, all you need to do is brew some very weak tea. Dampen a soft, lint-free rag with the tea and rub the floor boards until they glow like new.