Should you use vinegar to clean hardwood floors?

Some people swear by vinegar to clean hardwood floors. While vinegar is inexpensive and readily available, you should not use vinegar to clean hardwood floors. Vinegar is acidic and harsh on wood.

Vinegar is fine for non-wood floor materials such as vinyl and laminate (which contains wood products, but not on the surface), but the acid in vinegar will eventually dull the surface of your hardwood floor. In addition, you might find the smell of vinegar offensive.

If you shouldn’t use vinegar to clean hardwood floors, what should you use? First sweep, dry mop, or vacuum to remove surface dust, dirt, and grit. Then damp mop with plain water. If your hardwood floor still doesn’t look clean, you might try a little dish liquid dissolved in water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly, however, or you may leave a film, which will make your hardwood floor attract dust and dirt faster.

You can purchase a special wood cleaning solution and then buff with an electric floor cleaner or steam mop, but now your floor cleaning project is becoming more tedious and more expensive than it needs to be. The best way to keep your floor clean and new-looking is to apply the right floor restorer once you get your hardwood floor clean.

Pro Shot® Floor Restorer has been used successfully on everything from a 130-year-old home’s hardwood floors to high-traffic venues such as airports and universities to brand-new floors that will stay looking new. It fills scratches and protects your floor from stains. Pro Shot® Floor Restorer also contains no petroleum, so there’s no offensive odor or smelly fumes.

Please don’t use vinegar to clean hardwood floors. If you have used vinegar on your hardwood floors, and find that your floors’ finish is now dull, you can restore their beauty and make them look new again with Pro Shot® Floor Restorer.