Your floors are going to get dirty, simply because of the nature of being in a space where dirt gets in and people walk. The good news is that you can keep your floors sparkling regardless of all that they’ll be exposed to. The following are some ways to get your floor to look great without having to resort to harsh chemicals.
5. Vinegar and Vegetable Oil
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To get your wooden floor to sparkle, all you need to do is mix up equal parts vinegar and vegetable oil. From there, you can rub this mix on the floor with a sponge to get it sparkling, or you can spray it on there with a spray bottle. The vinegar’s acid will wipe away dirt and dissolve stains, and the vegetable oil will penetrate the wood and add moisture to it. The fact that these ingredients are in almost every kitchen make this one of the easiest ways to clean your floor.
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If you can find 1/4 pound of beeswax, grate that into a pan and add soap that has glycerin in it — the ingredients list will tell you for certain whether it does. From there, add a pint of turpentine and allow the entire mixture to dissolve as it will. Then boil a pint of water for a few minutes, let it cool and then add it to your beeswax mixture. Add it all to a bottle and use the entire mixture on the floor like you would with any other floor polish.
3. Soda Prep for Painted Floors
Using an alkaline washing soda works well for preparing painted wood floors for one of the above treatments. Simply pour a teaspoon of the soda into a gallon of warm water and use the entire mixture to mop the floor first. From there, you can shine up the floor using one of the methods mentioned earlier.
2. Babying Your Floor
If your floor is made out of either a vinyl or linoleum tile, you can actually get it to shine by simply adding a few drops of baby oil to your bucket of mopping water. The moisturizing properties of the oil will add a luster to your floor, but the small amount of oil will mean that your floor won’t turn ridiculously slick or develop any kind of greasy film to it.
Always be careful when making your own cleaning agents, though. Consider talking to professionals first, like Prosource Flooring in San Diego. These guys are the go-to experts when it comes to San Diego flooring.
1. The Motion is the Trick
The motion that you clean with is an important part of your floor’s upkeep. Naturally, you need to regularly sweep your floor. Ideally you would sweep up daily to keep dirt from accumulating and causing the damage it does as it scrapes against your floor. The effect is like sandpaper, and removing that effect will go a long way toward keeping your floors looking great.
Beyond sweeping, you also need to mop to keep your floors looking great. Circular mopping motions are the most effective method, but mopping with the grain on wooden floors can also be great for getting the deepest clean possible.
Keeping your floors looking great isn’t a magic trick. You don’t even need to use harsh chemicals to make your floors look amazing for many years to come.
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