Many floor surfaces can collect a residue from cleaning products that can dull the appearance of the flooring. By using a cleaner with a neutral pH, you can eliminate the film development, leaving floors looking their best. Several retail cleaners contain a neutral pH, but these can be costly items that push us toward looking for a homemade alternative. Here's one to try using a basic kitchen staple: dish detergent.
Things You Need
- 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent
- 1 gallon hot water
- Paper towels (optional)
Mix 1 gallon of hot water with 1/4 cup of a pH-neutral liquid dish detergent in a bucket. Swish a mop in the solution to agitate the ingredients until suds form. Dish detergent is one of the most common pH-neutral cleaners, and works perfectly for floors.
Dip a mop in this cleaner, then wring out excess water. Less water means less residue, and fewer water spots that can dry onto the floor.
Mop over the floors in large, even strokes. Concentrate on areas with heavy dirt and buildup, and also mop over the floors several times if this is the first time using a pH-neutral cleaner, to remove any residue from past cleaning products.
Dry by hand with paper towels, or let the floor air-dry.
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