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.
Dish Detergent as a Floor Cleaner
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.
Vinegar as a Floor Cleaner
Mix 1 gallon of hot water with 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in a bucket. Distilled white vinegar also works well as a pH-neutral cleaner, plus has an added disinfectant element, perfect for kitchen and bathroom floors.
Dip a mop in the solution, and agitate the water to blend the ingredients. Pull the mop out of the solution, and wring out excess water.
Mop over the floors as needed to remove all dirt and debris, then let air-dry or dry by hand with paper towels or a dry mop.