If Cinderella lived today, she would probably be a party girl. To clean the palace, she had to be down on her knees scrubbing the floors all day. These days, there’s every cleaning product available in the market to help her.

On the other hand, most of these are toxic to the human body and you would die from overexposure to them. So, how can you avoid the Cinderella method without dying? Simple, use environmentally-friendly products!

Tips to Maintain Hardwood Floors

You don’t have to do a lot of cleaning if you maintain the shine of your floor. Here are a few tips from The Home Floor Experts to help you reduce cleaning time altogether:

  1. Prevent dirt and grime from coming into your homes by placing doormats in strategic locations. Ask people to dust off before coming into the house.
  2. Better yet, go barefoot around the house. Place shoes in the entrance and remove them before coming in.
  3. If going unshod is not your thing, use house slippers. Make sure to only use them only inside the house.
  4. Regularly vacuum with a hardwood vacuum cleaner or simply dust off your hardwood floor with a mop. Make sure that there are no debris remaining that can damage the floors.

By following the tips above, you will lessen your dependence on cleaning products, whether store-bought or homemade. That said, you will still need to clean the floors.

Popular Green Products

The most popular product for cleaning hardwood floor is vinegar and water. Spray a mixture on the bottom of your mop, and then clean the floor. Others swear that steeped black tea is better for hardwood flooring. It contains tannic acid that adds shine to the floor. You can also add essential oils to the mixture so that it will smell nice and add to the shine.

Maintain The Finish on Your Hardwood

It’s important to know the type of finish on your wood so that you know what green product to use. There are 2 types of finish, that is, surface and penetrating finish. The former is glossy and protected by a coating of acrylic, varnish or epoxy. Penetrating finish has a matte look protected by wax or oil.

If your floor has a surface finish, do not use vinegar as regular use will dull the shine. If you have to use soap, use cleaning products with low ph. For floors with penetrating finish, use citrus based cleanser instead of water-based cleaner. A few drops of lemon will go a long way in cleaning your hardwood floors and keeping them from fading.

Important Tip to Remember

Whatever the finish of your floor, the most important tip to remember is never let water stand in it. This is one of the 5 cleaning mistakes that most people make when cleaning their floors. After dipping your mop in your green product of choice, always wring it out first before using on the floor. Make quick work of the floor making sure to remove dirt and debris. Afterwards, buff with old but clean towels making sure that the floors are completely dry. You can point an electric fan to speed up the drying process. Do not use until completely dry.

It’s easy to be seduced by false advertisements. In maintaining wood floors, many people find it easier to just buy products off the shelf. Big mistake. You can save money and the environment by using environmentally friendly products.