As a homeowner, you most likely already understand the appeal of hardwood flooring. From a stylish design and enormous value, it is easy to see the appeal. However, cleaning these floors can become an overwhelming task without the right supplies. Considering there are many wood floor cleaners on the market, finding the best one can be stressful. Unfortunately, many of these cleaning products leave behind a cloudy haze with continuous use on your hardwood floors. Although not a serious problem, the haze reduces the appeal and value of your hardwood floors. To stop hatin' on your hardwoods, remove the haze using these unique tips.
Hot Water and Elbow Grease
Using chemicals on your hardwood floors will not remove the residue other chemicals left behind. While surprising to hear, a bucket of hot water and a little elbow grease works wonders.
Use a vacuum to suction dirt and debris off your wood floors. Be sure to use a hard floor vacuum that offers soft-bristles or pads on the bottom to protect the wood against scratches and scuffs.
Fill a bucket with hot water. Soak a microfiber cloth or soft sponge in the hot water. Since water can damage and warp your wood, wring out excess liquid from your cloth or sponge before using it on your floors. Using a good amount of pressure and circular motions, scrub areas of flooring that have a cloudy residue.
In most cases, the combination of hot water and scrubbing strength will clean your floors and remove the hazy film from your wood surface.
Vinegar and a Mop
Vinegar is a common ingredient used in salad dressing and other recipes, but it can also be effective for removing the heavy residue left behind from other cleaning solutions. The acidic properties in vinegar will eat through stubborn residue without harming the floor's finish. To stop hatin' on your hardwoods, remove the haze using the following recipe:
- 2 cups of hot water
- 2 cups of white vinegar
Add to a spray bottle and shake to mix. After vacuuming your floors to remove dirt and dust, spray a thorough amount of the vinegar solution on cloudy patches. Use a standard mop to spread the vinegar solution across the area in a side to side manner.
Again, excessive amounts of liquid can lodge between your wood planks and create serious issue in the future. Your wood boards may begin to loosen or warp, so use a dry mop to remove leftover liquid on your flooring's surface.
Glass Cleaner with Some Caution
You most likely have a bottle or two or glass cleaning spray in your home. This traditionally-blue liquid may work well on windows, mirrors, and even your appliances and countertop, but it is not an ideal solution for cleaning your hardwood floors. The ammonia in your favorite glass cleaner eats through the sticky, heavy film, but it could also eat away at your wood stain. However, using a small amount of glass cleaner on hazy areas of your hardwood floors only is smart.
After removing surface debris with your vacuum or dry mop, spray a small amount of glass cleaner on a hidden area of your floor to test. If possible, use a spot behind a door or in a corner of a hallway. Allow the glass cleaner to sit for a few minutes before using a cloth to wash the surface. If the floor appears clean without any damage to your finish, proceed to other areas of hardwood.
Spray a small amount of glass cleaner in the middle of a hazy area of flooring. Then, use light pressure to create circular motions with your clean cloth.
Maintaining the beauty and appeal of your hardwood floors does not have to be overwhelming. With these tips to remove the hazy film leftover from harsh chemicals, you can stop hatin' on your hardwoods.
If these methods don't work, you may need to have your floor refinished by a local wood floor finishing company.