Natural ways to clean wood floors

Wood is a natural product, and it just doesn’t feel right to use chemical sprays on a wood floor. Apart from that, we’re all more aware of chemical pollution inside our homes, so householders are looking for natural alternatives that they can use to clean their floors.

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Don’t forget to remove all dirt and grit before you start working on a wooden floor. Otherwise the buffing and rubbing may scratch the floor. The good news is that you can use ordinary household materials to do the cleaning job.

Sounds like a salad dressing – but your floor will eat it up

A spray made up of lemon juice, olive oil and water may sound like a salad dressing, but it actually combines ingredients that will effectively clean and nourish the floor. The lemon juice helps lift the dirt out, while the olive oil conditions the wood and helps stop splits or cracks.

Black tea

Sounds like the last thing you’d want on a floor but the tannic acid in the tea will clean and shine the floor. You need about two litres of water, and ten tea bags, brewed up and cooled. But don’t slosh the tea on – just use a damp sponge or a mop with a microfibre head.

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Vinegar based cleaning

If you need to get stains out of the floor, make up a solution of water, gentle washing up liquid or liquid soap, baking soda and white vinegar. The mixture should be 1 measure of water, 1 measure of liquid soap, 2 measures of baking soda and a dollop of white vinegar.

The solution may fizz slightly – don’t worry, it’s not going to explode. That reaction is the vinegar and baking soda working to create carbonic acid – a gentle but very effective cleaner. Clean the stained area with a sponge. This works equally well with restored wooden floors, or with engineered flooring from a company such as

Scuff marks

Good Housekeeping Institute’s cleaning lab advises using a micro fibre mop with a light spray of cleaner to clean wooden floors. And for scuff marks? A fuzzy tennis ball will buff them up nicely! –

So the next time your floor needs cleaning, think about making up your own cleaning solution – the great thing is – you know what’s in it.