Home remedies for polishing all types of flooring are useful because they can eliminate harsh chemicals used in commercial cleaners and sometimes save you money. Homemade floor polish is equally effective and is usually made from ordinary ingredients found in the average household. Try different alternatives for cleaning the floors in your home and decide if buying polish from the store is now a thing of the past.
Wood is the preferred floor covering for many people. The beauty and durability of wood will match or surpass any other option, but it requires special care. There are seemingly endless possibilities on the store shelves when it comes to caring for your wood floors, but a simple homemade wood floor polish may mean you never need to buy one again.
Clean your floors thoroughly by sweeping and bring them to a shine using white vinegar and vegetable oil, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac Web site. You most likely have these items in your kitchen, and even if you don't, they are quite inexpensive and readily available.
Mix equal parts of vinegar and vegetable oil thoroughly in a bowl or small bucket and rub the mixture on your wood floor. Wipe and buff the polish off the floor with a clean, dry cloth, and bring the floor to a shine. The vinegar will clean the wood, and the oil will moisturize it.
Wood Floor Alternative
For an effective floor polish alternative, use beeswax as the effective ingredient to bring wood floors to a shine, according to The New Zealand Railways magazine Web site.
Grate 1/4 pound of beeswax into a pan, and add an ounce of white glycerin soap. Pour a pint of turpentine over it, and allow it to dissolve.
Boil a pint of water on the stove to remove any impurities, and allow it to cool. Add the water to the turpentine and beeswax mixture, and pour it through a funnel into a bottle. Screw a cap on tightly and shake the bottle vigorously until it becomes foamy and creamy looking.
Use the mixture as you would any other floor polish: Pour it on the floor, and use a clean, dry mop or cloth to rub it in, then buff it off.
If your wood floors are painted, clean them with a mild solution that contains a teaspoon of alkaline washing soda usually used in laundry with a gallon of warm water. Mop the floor normally to get rid of all buildup and grime. Use the above-mentioned wood floor remedy to polish the painted floor to a shiny finish.
Vinyl and Linoleum
A simple mixture of water, vinegar and baby oil will polish vinyl and linoleum floors effectively, according to EarthEasy.com.
Mix one cup of white vinegar and a few drops of baby oil in a gallon of warm water, and stir. Use the resulting mixture as a mild polish that will bring these types of floors to a shine.