How to Clean Hardwood Floors With Vinegar to Remove Sticky Residue

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Things You'll Need

  • Soft broom

  • White vinegar

  • Cotton mop or sponge

  • Drying cloth


Do not soak any portion of your hardwood floor with water. This could lead to warping of the wood.

Do not use an abrasive cleaning medium to scour your hardwood floor. This could lead to scratches on the floor.

A little vinegar can work wonders on hardwood floors.

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.


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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.



Norah Faith

Norah Faith was born and raised in Texas and from there she has traveled nationally and internationally. After acquiring her teaching license from New Mexico State University, she found herself teaching ESL around the world. She continues to teach today and finds satisfaction writing for Demand Studios and other sites.