Hardwood floors can be tricky to clean and can be hard to maintain without damage.
It is vital to keep your wood floors scuff-free as well as dirt-free because scuffs can help to destroy the premium look and will cause the floor to look dirty.
Also, dirt can cause your hardwood floor to crack, strip the varnish, and destroy the floor.
So, here are 15 remarkable wood floor cleaning hacks that will save you money and even time.
1. Place Sponge Under Table Legs
One of the first cleaning hacks I can think of is something preventative. Preventing the look of dirt and preventing the floor from forming spaces for dirt to settle, it is essential to do what you can to avoid scratching and scuffing.
For your table legs, cut a piece of sponge to size. Place a piece of sponge under each table leg to stop the scuffing when the table is dragged.
2. Use Toothpaste to Erase Permanent Marker
Toothpaste can help you to prove how much of a permanent lie marker is. If you accidentally get your hardwood floor marked with a permanent marker or if your kids got a little too creative, simply moisten the surface, rub toothpaste over the mark and let sit for a few minutes.
Then with a damp cloth, wipe away the permanent marker. If the stain is a little too stubborn, use a toothbrush instead of a cloth.
3. Erase Scuff Marks using Kneadable Erasers
If it is a little too late to employ measures to prevent scuffs, you can remove the scuff marks you already have by using a kneadable eraser.
These erasers can now step out of the classroom and become valuable to the home. Just rub the eraser over the scuff, and it will seal up the scuff mark. Once it gets dirty, just knead it to reveal a clean spot and repeat.
4. Use Baby Powder to Reduce Squeaking
You may have squeaky floors that are less than charming, and feel like you may have to replace your floorboard or floor entirely. You can now dispel that thought and use baby powder to hush the squeaking. It’s quick and easy.
Just sweep the powder into the crack with your hand until it is filled. The more you pack it tightly, the longer it will last, and the less it will blow about and make a mess daily. You can also moisten the powder to keep it in place.
5. Vinegar and Canola Oil Removes Scratches
On the topic of scratches, these can occur quite frequently and can bring down the look of the floor as well. Here is another solution to help you restore your gorgeous hardwood floor to its former glory.
This hack is simply 1 part vinegar to 3 parts canola oil. Use the same measuring cup to ensure that you get it right. mix this and rub it over the scratches to get bright, scratch-free hardwood floors.
6.Use Black Tea to Clean Floors
Let’s imagine that one day you run out of cleaners. You run out of cleaners, and all you have is black tea in the pantry. I’m here to tell you that you can use black tea to clean and shine your hardwood floor.
Just steep your black tea bag in some hot water. Once it cools down, just dip your mop in a get to wiping. If you do have cleaners, you can still use black tea and even add your favorite soap or disinfectant.
7. Wine Cork for Stabilizer
Another remarkable preventative measure for ensuring that your hardwood floors stay clean and looking fresh is using an old wine cork under your chairs to prevent scratching.
The cork material will act to keep the chair relatively still, it will create a buffer for ensuring that the chair does not leave impressions on the floor and stop scratching when the said chair is dragged.
Just slice them up at about 1/2 inch thick and place them under each chair leg. The wine cork will also act as a stabilizer for chairs that are rocking.
8. Mop Floors with Old English Lemon Oil
Hardwood floors can be dingy after they dry if the right solution is not used. They can also dry dull and start to dry out or have the protective coating strip off.
Protect your hardwood floor and keep it looking shiny by mopping with Old English Lemon Oil. This is a 1 step solution that is cost-efficient, easy to employ, time-saving, and it smells fantastic.
9. Mop Floors with Murphy’s Oil Soap
Another cost-effective solution for your hardwood floor is Murphy’s Oil soap. Simply add the oil soap to a bucket of water and mop until you’ve covered the entire floor.
This is an organic formula that will leave your floor with a brilliant shine. Keep this oil soap handy to spot treat or to do a deep clean. This oil soap can also be used for other things around the home, and this makes it a good investment.
10. Wet Cloth and Iron Dent Fixer
When your wood floor or wood furniture gets dents, it can make them look broken and dirty. This hack will help you to restore the premium look and feel to your dented hardwood.
Just wet the dent, wet a cloth or paper towel, fold it up until it becomes padded, then place a hot iron over it. Leave this for only a couple minutes moving the iron in circular motions.
The deeper the dent, the longer you will have to do this to help your floor to look whole again.
11. Use a Microfiber Mop when Cleaning
With hardwood floors, cleaning can be tricky as you might end up pushing dirt around and into the floor without actually cleaning. One way to avoid doing this is by using a microfiber mop when cleaning.
This type of mop will ensure that all the dust and tiny fibers are picked up and out of the way before you use a wet mop or do a wet wipe. The microfiber mop can also get into small cracks and lift dust. This way, you’ll get a deeper clean.
12. Clean with Vinegar
Cleaning with vinegar is highly effective but can have strong smells. There is a way to diffuse this. Dedicate some vinegar for cleaning. To that bottle of vinegar, add ten drops of your favorite essential oil.
If that still doesn’t mask it, ramp it up until the scent goes away. I also like to add fabric softener to my vinegar. However, that may not work for every surface as it may make some surfaces cloudy. Essential oils, on the other hand, always work.
13.Clean With Lemon and Baking Soda
For a more natural cleaner, a mixture of lemon and baking soda will do the trick. To 1 cup of lemon juice, add one tablespoon of baking soda, shake well and enjoy. Ramp up the recipe for larger surfaces.
It can also be effective to sprinkle the baking soda all over the floor, cut one large lemon in 2 and use each half to scrub the floor, squeezing as you go. The only set back to this method is having to wipe away the pulp and seeds after.
14. Shine Floors with Shaving Cream
Another product that can help you to shine and buff your hardwood floor is shaving cream. After you’ve completely employed your preferred method of cleaning, you can add a layer of shine with shaving cream.
Just spray it all over the floor and rub it in with a microfiber mop. For the deep hackers out there, you can use an old cotton shirt to make a mop or use as is to buff your floor.
15. Disinfect your Floors with Rubbing Alcohol
Using 75% Isopropyl Rubbing alcohol in your cleaning solution or by itself can help you to get your hardwood floor clean and disinfected.
The alcohol will kill most of the germs and bacteria and dry away, helping your floor not to soak up the moisture while becoming clean and fresh.
It is important to either add essential oil to this solution or shine your floor after you use this hack as it may look dried out and dull.
There are interesting ways to hack cleaning your hardwood floors. In all cleaning methods, it is important to ensure that your floor gets as clean as it can be, there are no scuffs, scratches or dents and that you feed the wood with some oils to give it a natural shine and glow.
Essential oils will also ensure that your hardwood floors maintain a fresh odor.
- Place Sponge Under Table Legs
- Use Toothpaste to Erase Permanent Marker
- Erase Scuff Marks using Kneadable Erasers
- Use Baby Powder to Reduce Squeaking
- Vinegar and Canola Oil Removes Scratches
- Use Black Tea to Clean Floors
- Wine Cork for Stabilizer
- Mop Floors with Old English Lemon Oil
- Mop Floors with Murphy’s Oil Soap
- Wet Cloth and Iron Dent Fixer
- Use a Microfiber Mop when Cleaning
- Clean with Vinegar
- Clean With Lemon and Baking Soda
- Shine Floors with Shaving Cream
- Disinfect your Floors with Rubbing Alcohol