4 tips for cleaning hardwood floors

 

As a professional dog breeder and forever dog carer, I can state for sure that dogs not only require your love but also your full attention. Keeping dogs inside the house is even trickier if you want to have your house clean. And, when you also care about your hardwood floors, things get even more complicated. So, if you’re looking for the right cleaning tips for your hardwood floors, you have come to the right place. Here is what I recommend.

 

Getting the tools you need

Don’t even think about cleaning without requiring a high-power vacuum to help you with all the dirt, debris, and annoying pet hair. I’ve tested the Ergorapido from Electrolux and I was really pleased with its high-power motor, the lightweight design, and the accessible price. This is a great tool for everyone who wants to keep their house clean and shiny as often as possible. The item is easy to deposit and, thanks to its small dimensions, is also extremely portable and comfortable to work with.

There are other powerful products available on the market for a good price, so I suggest to keep looking until you find the item that suits your needs the most. I strongly suggest a cordless design if you don’t want your dogs to have an extra item to chew on.

DIY looking-after solution

There are countless of DIY cleaning solutions for hardwood floors but do they really work or are they going to damage your floors even more? The eco-friendly movement has started for quite some time now and the global trend is to look for DIY solutions and homemade products to solve your daily problems.

Although I do encourage a responsible life and extra care for the environment, I wouldn’t trust any natural and “brilliant” solution that comes off the Internet, especially when talking about hardwood floors. There are plenty of websites recommending using a combination of water and vinegar to clean the floors but that would be a horrible idea.

The reason is that the vinegar, regardless of how much it’s diluted in water, is still too astringent and acid for your floors, so using it to clean your floors might actually result in staining them beyond repair. Not to mention the smell you’ll have to deal with otherwise.

Lemon juice, baking soda, and tea bags are also great no-nos if you care about your wood floors.

 

What to do then?

What you can do is to vacuum as often as possible. Clean with a damp cloth and wax every few years, depending on the traffic on your floors. Don’t use the mop either or any type of soap-based products because they will also damage your floors.

 

Homemade cleaning products that actually work

 

Buying cleaning products at the store can quickly get expensive. Then there is the worry about all of the harsh chemicals they contain. While these harsh ingredients might be able to kill germs and bacteria, they can also be harmful to us and the environment.

After realizing that manufactured cleaning products are a relatively new invention and that people have been keeping their living area dirt and grime free for centuries, I decided to see if there were other alternatives. After careful research and a lot of trial and error, I discovered what thousands of others already knew. There are several items in my pantry that can effectively clean my home without harsh chemicals or a high price tag. Here are a few of my favorite homemade cleaning products that actually work.

 

Diluted white vinegar

Soap scum and hard deposits literally dissolve in front of your eyes with diluted white vinegar. It is also a natural deodorizer which is a bonus when you are cleaning the bathroom or an area where you keep your kitchen garbage. Simply mix the diluted white vinegar with a little water and you have a safe, inexpensive and affordable household cleaner.

 

Baking soda

Almost every pantry has a box of baking soda in it and it makes a great cleaner. When it is sprinkled on a damp sponge you can effectively remove dirt and grime from showers, bathtubs and sinks. It is also a natural deodorizer and can dumping some down the drain can neutralize strong smells. Add a little to your washer to give your clothes a fresh smell.

 

 

Rubbing alcohol

 

If you are looking for a cheap and easy way to clean your windows consider using rubbing alcohol. It works just as well as the industrial cleaners without the expensive price and harsh chemicals. Best of all rubbing alcohol not only cleans windows and mirrors, it can also polish your metal fixtures. Surprisingly, I also discovered that it is a great way to keep my ceramic tiles looking like new.

For windows that are particularly dirty you might want to try cleaning them with ammonia. It is still safe to use, only it is a little stronger than rubbing alcohol. One thing I did learn was to choose a non-sudsing type of ammonia. The sudsy bubbles might look effective, but they are hard to completely rinse away.

These are only a few of the effective homemade cleaning products that I have discovered really do work. If you have a particular favorite that you use at home or have a recipe, I would love to hear from you. After all, everyone can benefit from a cheaper and safer way to keep their home fresh and clean.