How to Clean Hardwood Floors With Vinegar to Remove Sticky Residue

With the proper treatment and care, hardwood floors will remain as good as new for a long time. However, most hardwood floors have a tendency to develop a sticky residue or build-up. Occasionally cleaning hardwood floors with vinegar is a simple and quick task that will help to eliminate this problem. The acidic levels in vinegar make it a good cleaner. Plain white vinegar that is commonly available in stores will do and there is no risk of changing the color of your wood.

A little vinegar can work wonders on hardwood floors.

Step 1

Remove any carpets or floor mats. Identify the spot where the sticky residue is. Sweep the area with a soft broom to clean any dirt lodged in the cracks.

Step 2

Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with a gallon of warm water thoroughly.

Step 3

Dip your cotton-based cleaning mop or a sponge into the liquid and squeeze out excess.

Step 4

Mop or wipe the sticky area gently with your mop or sponge. You will know the floor is clean when your mop or sponge glides freely over the area.

Step 5

Rub the area with a dry cloth to speed up the drying process.

Step 6

Repeat the procedure once more if you still find a bit of stubborn residue. Change the solution if you are cleaning a large area.