How To Mop with Vinegar

Vinegar is an inexpensive solution to clean your wood, laminate, or no-wax floor. So, don’t bother buying those really costly cleaning products. Aside from releasing toxic fumes, some of them may even cause outright damage to your floor. Hot water is highly endorsed by laminate floor manufacturers. However, if hot water may slip through your flooring and run through your pipes, the buildup could form streaks.

Experts disclose that acetic acid is the key ingredient in vinegar. Its acetic concentration usually ranges between 4 and 8 per cent. Since it has low-acidity, it is quite mild and non-toxic. It is very versatile. Essentially, when used on wood, laminate, or no-wax floor, it naturally degreases, deodorizes, and eradicates mold. It has been proven safe to use even when pets and children are around.

Here are some of the steps to follow in mopping your floor with vinegar:  

Prepare the things you need. Your checklist should include one-fourth cup of white vinegar, one quarter of water, a mop, and a mop bucket.

Simply mix one-fourth cup of white vinegar and one quarter water. Then, pour the mixture into your mop bucket. However, make sure to dampen your mop with fresh water. You should also wring it out thoroughly before soaking it in the vinegar-water solution.

Clean your wood or laminate floor before mopping. Sweep it systematically. Aside from dirt, remove the crumbs on the floor. Crumbs have starches. Starches could turn into glue. When they become hard, they turn as spots that are stubborn and really difficult to clean. Instead of using a broom and a dustpan, try evenly vacuuming the floor. You may want to clean the corners, too.

Divide the floor into small sections. Start mopping the floor according to the small sections that you have created. This would allow you to be meticulous and methodical. You don’t want to miss a spot here. When your mop gets dirty, don’t soak or clean it in the mop bucket. Instead, go to the bathroom. Rinse your mop in there. Dipping you mop in the mop bucket would make your cleaning ineffective. You don’t want to swipe your floor with “dirty” solution.

Air dry the floor. After mopping, you don’t need to rinse the floor with anything else. The vinegar evaporates quickly. It doesn’t leave any residual odor. And best of all, it leaves your floor streak-free and truly exquisite.

On a final note, don’t get irritated by how the vinegar smells. It may smell strongly and could make you nauseous, but such smell could be dispelled easily. Try keeping a window open to let the air in the house circulate. Vinegar could also make your floor a bit slippery. To avoid accidents, don’t walk on the floor while it is damp. You only need to wait a short time to enjoy your floor again. Those two inconveniences are worth trouble once you see your floor, sparkling clean. Again, vinegar works best with wood, laminate, or no-wax floors.


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