Cleaning Hard wood floors Ideas? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 14 Old 08-16-2006, 11:25 AM - Thread Starter
 
p1gg1e's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,217
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Natural things that wont ruin the stain anymore than it is? And get the dirt up I'm prepared to scrub on my hands and knees it needs it!
p1gg1e is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 14 Old 08-16-2006, 12:30 PM
 
phroggies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 532
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Seriously, assuming that they have a polyurethane (sp?) finish, from everything I've heard the best thing is water--doesn't get much more natural than that. The idea is to use a well-wrung out rag, since any water sitting on floors is bad for the finish.

If you're worried that that's not doing it for the dirt, I'd put just a little bit of a fairly mild soap, maybe even dish soap (for handwashing dishes, that is) in a bucket of water and do the damp rag treatment.

I have also heard that vinegar, which is part of many natural home cleaning recipes, isn't the best thing for the finish, for what that's worth.

This really makes it sound as if I actually clean my floors, doesn't it?
phroggies is offline  
#3 of 14 Old 08-16-2006, 12:54 PM
 
snowbunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: The Mountains
Posts: 1,564
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Vinegar. If you wanna get a little crazy, add some essential oil to the vinegar.

I blog traditional foods and Weston A Price at Nourished Kitchen. See my healthy recipes.
snowbunny is offline  
#4 of 14 Old 08-16-2006, 03:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
p1gg1e's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,217
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thank ladies! I dont clean florrs either can you tell
p1gg1e is offline  
#5 of 14 Old 08-16-2006, 03:44 PM
 
2GR8KIDS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the fault line
Posts: 512
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We clean ours as little as possible (due to laziness and also because too much exposure to water is bad for the floors). What works best when we do clean is to use mostly water mixed with a little Windex, and put a handtowel over the mop when you are mopping (otherwise, you can get these sticky streaks on the floor). If anything sticky spills on the floor, we just get it with a damp rag.
2GR8KIDS is offline  
#6 of 14 Old 08-16-2006, 05:24 PM
 
rachelmarie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 748
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I clean our wood floors by using a mix of water and vinegar in a spray bottle, spraying the floor and wiping/scrubbing it with a damp rag. This seems to work well for us even though it takes forever.
rachelmarie is offline  
#7 of 14 Old 08-17-2006, 08:49 AM
p.s
 
p.s's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1,226
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
For treated floors, I sweep/vacuum very frequently and about 2x/y mop with a mop that is barely wet with Murphy's oil soap and water.

For untreated floors (second floor) same deal with sweeping/vacuuming but mop a little more frequently with dark tea or coffee. The tea or coffee we don't actually*buy* but use leftovers from hotel rooms, hand me downs, etc. Let large bucket equivalent steep overnight. My mom's hardwood floors were GORGEOUS after doing this for decades ( she tried to mop @ 1x/mo).
p.s is offline  
#8 of 14 Old 08-19-2006, 11:53 PM
 
Emilie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: going thru divorce land
Posts: 7,110
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
hmmm... yes- my hw are much harder to clean then i thought.
Emilie is offline  
#9 of 14 Old 08-20-2006, 12:26 PM
 
Zach'smom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Rockin' the suburbs...
Posts: 1,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
TEA!!!! Boil 4 cups of water and let 8 tea bags (plain old cheap black tea) steap for about 5 minutes . Pour the tea into a bucket and add enough hotwater to make a gallon. About 3 quarts.

Then I dip a soft cloth in the tea, wring it out thoroughly and clean the floor on my hands and knees.

It makes the floor really clean, shiney and helps to hide any scratches!!

In between I just use a little vinegar water in a sprayer for spot cleaning.

Mom to Zach eat.gif , 2 cat.gif, 1dog2.gif, and a whole lot of goldfish.gif!!!! 
Zach'smom is offline  
#10 of 14 Old 08-20-2006, 12:42 PM
 
HelloKitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Next door to the possums
Posts: 11,369
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I use vinegar and water - works great and doesn't stain hard wood floors like cleaners will do. It's what our floor guy recommends as well.

Great for nature studies! http://www.pleinairkids.com
Plein Air Kids - Handmade wooden art boxes for Budding Artists.
HelloKitty is offline  
#11 of 14 Old 08-21-2006, 07:52 PM
 
vtgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: central vermont
Posts: 150
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
does the tea thing work for light (ash) finishes? my floors are scratched to hell and we've only had them in for 2years. i guess it's called taking your shoes off at the door!!
vtgirl is offline  
#12 of 14 Old 08-22-2006, 03:36 PM
 
mama2toomany's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: MN
Posts: 3,206
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Water and cedar oil

I take a cloth and put it in a jar with a load of cedar oil and then leave it sit... then I attach the cloth to swiffer bottom and run it on the floor in between moppin!

Loving Dh, Mama x 4, Surrogate mother to 5. A born 2003, M and R girl/girl twins 2006, S and C boy/girl twins born 2010. Processing/healing.
mama2toomany is offline  
#13 of 14 Old 08-23-2006, 02:33 AM
 
Mama2-4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Nursing my little sweetie!
Posts: 1,211
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I like to use Murphy's Oil Soap on my floors, I mop them with this about every 1-2 weeks. When they are looking dull we use bowling alley wax. This a very involved project, but the kids can help. We will usually move all the furniture out of one room, apply the wax, let it dry for a few minutes then put on some music, everybody grabs a towel and we slide around on the floor to buff it up. It leaves a beautiful shine, but is very slippery for awhile after the wax job.
Mama2-4 is offline  
#14 of 14 Old 08-23-2006, 02:36 AM
Banned
 
Pandora114's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Shamelessly using "devices"
Posts: 6,717
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I fourth or fifth the suggestion of Murphys Oil Soap.

It does wonders at conditioning...
Pandora114 is offline  
Reply

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off