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I now have real wood floors. I bought a dust mop but what else do I use. I have heard so many things, do this or that or don't use this or that.I know nothing about wood floors or how to care for them.

I was told to use vinegar and water but what ratio? Can I use a regular mop or do I just damped the dust mop.

I was told don't use a broom too.Any and all advice is welcome, what about a swiffer wet jet??

I also read don't use rubber backs rugs is that right?? How do I keep the natural rugs from slipping?


I need help!


Thanks!

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Posts: 864 | Registered: Mar 29, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Check out Bona cleaners and mops for hardwood.

Jaz


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Posts: 328 | Location: Troy, MI | Registered: May 22, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Are your wood floors polyurethaned or something like that? I assume that all newer floors are. I use just a damp cloth most of the time. I get on my hands and knees and wipe with a damp cloth and dry with another one. I sometimes add a little vinegar to the bucket of water.

If I notice scuff marks that don't wash off easily, I then gently use a Magic Eraser.

I am not a mop person. So far I am able to get down and wash, and then I can wipe the baseboards as I go along. I mostly vacuum my floors with the duster attachment on my central vac.
 
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Many people recommend using vinegar to clean things. It may be alright to remove lime deposits from your plastic humidifier tank, but I say save the vinegar for your salad. The only other type of product that might be worse for cleaning in an oil soap based cleaner such as Murphy's.

I know of no manufacturer than wants you to use water or with vinegar added to clean their floors. Although it might not hurt the wood when the rag is squeezed to just damp and then wiped with a dry towel. Sooner or later one might not squeeze as much or water will get into the grooves. Damage will not happen right away, but we know that wood and water do not like each other.

Jaz


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Posts: 328 | Location: Troy, MI | Registered: May 22, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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You do not want to use anything that will grind the dirt into the hardwood as that will cause scratches. DO NOT us the swiffer wet jet. It puts too much moisture on the floor and I find the solution objectionable and would not use it on any floor but that is my opinion.

Most places recommend vacuuming and if it needs more to spray mop head with a mild vinegar/water and use on a small area. Repeat.

I am sure there are others, like grapefruit, that have more recent experience with hardwoods than I do. Perhaps they will chime in here.
 
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"Real wood" means different things to different people. If you're talking about a manufactured product that is prefinished, do what the manufacturer suggests. If you have a floor that was laid then finished onsite, the supplier of the sealing/finishing material would have suggestions on their website. That will be much less prone to water damage than a prefinished floor because the poly or gymseal will form a layer across all boards and not allow water to seep between them. The important thing is to not allow water to stand on the floor; mop it up before it can do any damage.
 
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