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What if one is totally clueless and doesn't know if her hardwood floors are finished or unfinished?
Yes, that's me...I live in an apt with hardwood floors. I used to just sweep with a broom, no actual cleaning, but it's been a few months that I've been here now and would like to do more thorough cleaning, esp b/c I have a dog and a cat. Speaking of which, I don't want to use anything chemical-ly at all b/c my dog has a tendency to lick the floors.
Vinegar and water ok?
Mom to DD1 (11/1999), DD2 (07/2003), and DS (11/2012), all born at home and cloth diapered.
After 4 m/c, our is here!
Finished or unfinished?
To clean wood floors - use vinegar and water - equal parts, keep mop/rag/old shirt only slightly damp, not wet. Throw in some EO if you want.
To polish finished wood floors - use oil and vinegar - equal parts, rub on a thin coat
To polish unfinished wood floors- flax seed oil (it will naturally seal your wood floor)
we've got gorgeous old oak hardwoods, that take a lot of abuse from 4 little children stomping around constantly, LOL! I sweep often (usually once a day, never less than every other day) and then clean them with a swiffer mop (covered with a homemade cotton pad) and a mix of half olive oil, half vinegar (usually with a few drops of essential oil thrown in, to make it smell nicer) I put that in a spray bottle and shake very, very well. wet and wring out the cotton pad, spray the floor (just a small spot at a time, maybe 3 x 3) and them mop, rubbing the spray in well. It conditions the wood beautifully.
We just refinished all the floors in our new house. It was professionally done and has 3 coats of oil base poly over the stain. They turned out beautifully and I don't want ruin them. My grandma's go-to cleaner was Murphy's Oil Soap ... can I use that or will it cause build up?
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