How to Clean Grime on Hardwood Floors
Tough grime on hardwood floors can become difficult to remove. In order to avoid damaging hardwoods, certain precautions are necessary. Hardwood floors can easily scratch, and they require frequent cleaning to prevent grim buildup. Removing grime from hardwoods requires effort, but cleaning them will make the wood last longer and help it retain its natural beauty.
- Sweep the floor to remove any loose debris.
- Mop the floor with warm water and mild soap. This will remove any grime that does not require additional chemicals. Mop one area at a time.
- Combine ½ cup of white vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water. This works best on hardwood floors finished with urethane. Mop the floor with this solution, and use a little "elbow grease" on the areas that have a thick grime buildup.
- Wipe the mopped area dry to prevent soaking the floors too much, or water spots may occur. Use soft cloths or a dry mop to soak up the excess water.
- Apply oil soap to remove tough grime. Follow the directions on the soap to avoid damaging the floors. Do not use oil soaps on unfinished wood.
Things You Will Need
- White vinegar
- Soft cloths
- Oil soap
- Vacuum and mop your floors frequently to prevent grime.
- Always wring the mop out well to prevent saturating the floor with too much water.
- Do not put oil or furniture polish on a hardwood floor. It will not only make the floor slippery, but it will become difficult to remove.