How to clean wooden floors

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You can keep your wooden floors in top condition with this smart cleaning method. It will make caring for your floors and maintaining their good looks easy.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Remove any furniture
2 Vacuum the floor
3 Prepare the cleaning solution
4 Mop the floor
5 Put your furniture back
  • Step 1. Remove any furniture

    Before you start cleaning, remove any furniture from the room that you can. This will make your job much easier.

  • Step 2. Vacuum the floor

    Give the floor a good vacuum to remove any dirt and dust.

  • Step 3. Prepare the cleaning solution

    To make the cleaning solution, half fill your bucket with warm water. Add six drops of dishwashing liquid or half a cup of white vinegar to the water. Then give the solution a good stir with the mop to mix it.

  • Step 4. Mop the floor

    Dip the bottom quarter of your mop into the water. Wring out any excess water so your floor doesn’t get too wet. As you clean, mop with the grain of the floor for the best result. Rinse and wring the mop as many times as necessary. A good idea is to start in the furthest corner from your door so you don’t walk over where you’ve cleaned.

  • Step 5. Put your furniture back

    Once the floor is dry, you can place the furniture back in the room and enjoy your clean hardwood floors.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Vacuum cleaner

Materials

  • Six drops of washing up liquid or half a cup of white vinegar
  • Warm water
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