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Part II: Hardwood Cleaning Products

What Doesn't Work


I’m always amazed at how vinegar suddenly became a magic solution for everything from keeping your hair soft to miracle results on hardwood floors.  I’ll stay off my soapbox and keep the sarcastic jokes in my bag of riddles for now — since I’ve been too busy to even keep up with blogs/vlogs lately and get to the point:

  • Vinegar is a weak acid that, while looking “ok” initially when cleaning hardwood will start to degrade the finish:
    • Creating streaky results
    • Even when no longer using it the uneven wear created on the floor finish (urethane) will end in a streaky floor no matter the floor cleaner

Congratulations – your floors need refinished now. 🙁

What Works

pH neutral “no soap” zero residue

There are a lot of hardwood cleaners out there including Zepp from Lowes, Bona from the consumer marketing machine, and others.  While the absolute best cleaners are commercial versions such as Spartan Chemical DMQ or NCL Mirage (soap free) they all work pretty well and are safe for your floors.

Just make sure if they are not already premixed you dilute them with distilled water and not hard tap water.

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