DIY Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors

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cleaning hardwood floorSay goodbye to all those expensive, over-the-counter chemical cleaners for everyday cleaning of hardwood floors, and prepare your own solution that is inexpensive and effective.

We all love those shiny hardwood floors. However, some of us don’t enjoy cleaning hardwood floors. It takes a lot of effort to keep them clean and shiny especially when you have kids and pets. While we all know the protective measures that need to be taken for hardwood floors, we here at NYC Steam Cleaning are going to make it easier for you. We have come up with simple, amazing DIY tips to follow that will leave your home’s hardwood flooring clean.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors Daily

Cleaning hardwood floors on a daily basis best achieved by using a mixture of warm water and vinegar. If you use a large amount of vinegar directly, it will damage hardwood flooring. However, if you are using vinegar in a diluted form with the help of a mop, it will give you unbelievable results. To be on the safe side, after the floor has dried mop it with a little clean water.

For Scuff Marks

Scuff marks are probably the hardest to remove without damaging the hardwood floors. Although not with a mixture of baking soda, water, and vinegar. First, sprinkle some baking soda on the scuffs. Then, take a spray bottle and fill it with equal amounts of water and vinegar. For a pleasant smell, add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil. Spray this mixture over the baking soda and leave it for few seconds. Lightly scrub the scuffs. Wipe it off and dry the floor with a soft cloth.

Get the Shine Back with Tea

Tea contains ‘tannic acid’ that is effective for bringing back the lost sheen of a hardwood floor. Add two tea bags to boiling water and let it steam for a few minutes. Once it becomes cool enough to be used, dampen a soft cloth with the tea and clean the hardwood floor with it.

You will be telling all your friends and relatives about this great DIY tip to bring back the lost shine.

Polish Time

Try this homemade polish on your hardwood floor to witness the amazing results. Prepare a mixture of the following ingredients:

One-third cup of white vinegar
Quarter cup of olive oil
Five cups of hot water
Ten to twelve drops of lemon essential oil

Apply this mixture on the hardwood floor using a mop, towel, or rag. Lastly, wipe off the excess mixture using a clean towel.


You must be concerned about all the possible microbes breeding in your hardwood floor, particularly if you have children in the family. Make this homemade disinfectant and provide your children with a safe environment to live in.

Simply mix a quarter cup of Borax powder in a gallon of hot water and clean the floor with this mixture using a mop.

Get Rid of Scratches

There is probably no way to completely save hardwood floors from big scratches. Make those little scratches disappear with the help of a crayon.

Use a crayon that is a similar color to your hardwood floor and fill in the gaps with the crayon. Now, turn on your blow dryer on high heat and heat the colored area, then once it starts to harden take a soft cloth to it. Your hardwood floor will look good as new.


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