Another Good Use for Vinegar: Cleaning Laminate Wood Floors
When it comes to cleaning laminate wood floors, you don’t have to break the bank or your back. Unlike other expensive types of flooring, laminate wooden flooring is very easy to maintain and clean. All you need is a mix of vinegar and water and you can say goodbye to dust, stains and spots on your laminate flooring. Vinegar is not only the safest way to keep laminate floors clean but also the easiest and the cheapest. Here is how you can use vinegar to clean laminate wood floors.
Sweep or Vacuum the Floors Clean
The first step is to remove any visible particles of dirt and dust on the floors. So, use a vacuum or a broom to sweep away larger pieces of dirt. Remove any items of furniture or carpeting that may block the mop or prevent the floor from getting completely clean.
Making the Vinegar-Water Mix
Depending upon how big your laminate wooden flooring area is, mix half a cup of distilled white vinegar to a gallon or 3.8 liters of water. Fill this solution into spray bottles or let it remain in the bucket if you plan to soak a mop in the solution to wipe the floors clean. This cleaning solution can be easily stored for use every day or made fresh if cleaning weekly.
In case, your laminate wooden flooring has been treated with vegetable oil cleaners, you will need to increase the ratio to 1 cup vinegar in a gallon of water. Vegetable oil cleaners leave behind a residue on the wooden floors and this residue has a negative effect on the sealant.
Choosing the Right Mop
While you can easily use a Clorox or Swiffer mop to wipe the floors clean with the vinegar-water solution, the best would be to use a microfiber cloth or pad. Douse it with the vinegar cleaning solution and then, wipe the floors clean.
How to Mop with the Vinegar Solution
If using spray bottles, simply spray the solution over the area and wipe the floor clean with a microfiber pad or cloth. In case, you’re using a bucket, soak the mop into the solution. Wring it out properly to get rid of excess water and then, run the mop across the floor, repeating the soak and wring step when the mop seems to dry up.
Self-wringing mops can leave extra water on the floor which can lead to warping of the boards. So, ensure that the mop is completely wrung out of excess water and is only damp and not soaking wet when you begin mopping.
Go over the entire floor area and mop thoroughly. You don’t need to rinse. The vinegary smell will disappear on its own in a short while.
This simple vinegar-water solution will keep your laminate wooden flooring clean, streak-free and disinfected easily and economically. In addition, it is also, an eco-friendly option and will be safe for use in homes with small kids and pets.