Cleaning Wood Floors

Updated on August 08, 2007
K.N. asks from Huntley, IL
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I have real hardwood floors not laminate. I heard that you can clean them with ammonia and water but my question is, How much ammonia per water do I use. I've read 2 tbs per gallon of water and I've heard 1/3 cup of ammonia per gallon of water. Can anyone tell me the right amount of ammonia per water I should use. Thanks.

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L.V.

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HI! I have real wood too and I use ammonia-free windex diluted in water or just a drop of liquid soap in a bucket of water. Works great! I don't know about the ammonia use but would guess a small amount of ammonia in the water as itis strong

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H.D.

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I was a housekeeper in some very fine homes and the floor guys always said to use NOTHING BUT vineager and water. =) Usually about 1/8th to a 1/4th cup of vineager to a bucket of water. Wash with a mop, then take a dry old bath towel and shuffle it dry. Good for the floor, good for the thighs. :P

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A.G.

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If your wood floors are the type you have to wax...no polyeurathane...I'd use apple cider vinegar and water. About 8 oz. per gallon of warm water...also after you wash dry it with a soft towel...then aplly your wax. If it is treated with a polyeuathane or other hard finish I'd just use Murphy's oil soap per their directions. Both these are way better for your floor, and you.

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P.W.

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Agreed! I use vinegar and water, We purchased a 1886 farmhouse and still have original wood floors in part of our house. I use vinegar and water and then touch up dull spots on occasion with lemon oil.

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A.H.

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I've always used Murphy's Oil on wood. The bottle tells you what strength to use for floors. A quick google search led me here: http://www.mrscleannw.com/tips/hardwood-floor.html , which had some good tips. Several sites talk about how ammonia will soften and whiten the floor, many agree with vinegar.

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Y.S.

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Water and vinegar ! Especially if you have little kids, it's much safer for them then chemicals.

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A.S.

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I agree with the last post that I've heard, if you have nice wood floors that you want to remain nice, only use vinegar and water. My housecleaners also use the 1/2 cup to one gallon of water. And white vinegar is what we've always had used. If your floors aren't in great shape, not a great finish or what have you, then it's ok to use Murphy's Oil.

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L.V.

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HI! I have real wood too and I use ammonia-free windex diluted in water or just a drop of liquid soap in a bucket of water. Works great! I don't know about the ammonia use but would guess a small amount of ammonia in the water as itis strong

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P.A.

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I would advise not using ammonia/water. I have had real hard
wood floors for 15 years and have never used this, I was told
by the original person who installed them not to use this
formula as well as recently by a cleaning lady I used and her
husband installs hard wood floors. I have found just warm water
works very well, dry it as soon as you wash it. The shine comes
right back !!

D.V.

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I believe you must be thinking vinegar. Ammonia is so toxic for the family. Very harmful funes. I usee Vinegar until I heard of Oprah's favorite cleaner called H2 By Shaklee. I love it so much I bought some samples to share with friends, I'd be happy to pop one in the mail if you'd like. BTW, I would use 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar to a bucket of water.

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