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Natural DIY Solutions for Shiny, Healthy Hardwood Floors

Posted on May 21, 2023


Effortless DIY Natural Methods for Maintaining Shiny, Healthy Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are an exceptional investment in the aesthetic appeal and value of a home. However, their brilliance is not self-sustaining. From the moment they’re installed, your responsibility to maintain them begins, ensuring they remain healthy, shiny, and pleasing to the eye for as long as possible. While there are many products and methods available to help you maintain your floors, the most effective method is to treat your wood well from the very beginning. Your hardwood flooring contributes to the beauty, practicality, cleanliness, and overall aesthetics of your home, which is why it’s so important to keep it in top-notch condition. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll be discussing natural DIY methods to keep your real wood floor shiny and healthy. Whether you have chosen a stylish, low-key matte finish or a stunning, glossy finish, these methods will help your floor retain its appeal. The bonus? You can ditch the toxin-laden polishing products that often result in unwanted product buildup on your floors. Instead, opt for home-made cleaning products that are not only more sustainable and cost-effective but also gentle on your floors. Before we begin, remember that these DIY polish solutions should be applied to clean, vacuumed floors. For first-time use, apply the solution to a test area, preferably a spot normally covered by furniture or a rug.

Vinegar and Water Solution

This simple yet highly effective solution is perfect for the general cleaning of your hardwood floors. Ingredients:
  • 12 standard cups of white vinegar
  • 1-gallon container of lukewarm water
  • A household sponge
Method: Dissolve the vinegar in the water. Dip the sponge into the solution and wring thoroughly. Wash the floor with the solution-soaked sponge, rinsing it regularly in clean water. This method is not only gentle on your floor but also aids in breaking down dirt and grime.

Beeswax and turpentine polish

Beeswax and turpentine can be combined to create a robust polish that not only cleans but also nourishes the wood. Ingredients:
  • 1 standard cup of grated beeswax
  • 1 standard cup of household turpentine
  • A household sponge
  • Pot of boiling water
Method: Place the grated beeswax in a heat-resistant bowl and set it inside the pot of boiling water until the wax has fully melted. Add the turpentine and stir until the solution naturally cools. Apply this mixture to a clean, dust-free floor using the sponge. Remove any residual polish with a dry duster and allow the surface to dry completely for 12 hours before using the room. This method adds a protective layer to your floors, making them more resilient to damage. Beeswax and turpentine polish

Vinegar and vegetable oil polish

Another straightforward and highly effective solution involves just vinegar and vegetable oil. Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • A cleaning rag
  • A soft cleaning cloth
Method: Mix the vinegar and vegetable oil in a bowl and blend well. Use the cleaning rag to spread the polish evenly across the floor, rinsing in clean water as you go. Work the polish along the wood grain and use the soft cloth to dry. Make sure you maintain a strict 1:1 ratio of vinegar and oil for optimal results. This solution helps to both clean and nourish your wood floors, ensuring they stay healthy and shiny. Vinegar and vegetable oil polish

Solution for laminate and engineered wood floors

This solution is specially designed for laminate and engineered wood floors. Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of plain water
  • 1 cup of lemon juice
  • 14 cup of unscented,undyed washing up liquid
Method: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Apply to the floor with a lightly damp sponge, rinsing the sponge in clean water after every application. Remove any residual solution with a dry duster. Avoid allowing the solution to puddle or pool on the floor. This solution is ideal for cleaning laminate and engineered wood floors effectively without causing damage.

Natural Mineral Solutions

Oil-based naturals such as linseed and tung oils can serve as effective and gentle real wood floor cleaners. They moisturize the wood, giving it a rejuvenated and vibrant look. Moreover, you can also try a mix of baby shampoo and baby oil to bring the sheen back to lighter-colored woods such as pine and beech. Dark woods can be treated with an everyday tea bag dipped in water and rubbed across the floor.


The best solutions are often the simplest and cheapest to make. The cleaners mentioned above have all been tried and tested and should always be used sparingly. Avoid overwetting the floor and dry it well when finished for the best results. Regular use of these natural cleaning methods can keep your hardwood floors looking their best. However, remember that the longevity of your hardwood floor is not solely dependent on the products you use to clean it. It also depends on how you use and treat the floor. Remove shoes before walking on the floor, wipe up spills immediately, and use protective pads under furniture legs to prevent scratches. With regular care and maintenance, your real wood floor can stay shiny and healthy for years to come. Hardwood floors can add elegance and sophistication to any home, but it takes some work to maintain that appeal. By using these natural, DIY methods, you can ensure your floors are not only clean but also sustainably maintained. So give these methods a try and keep your real wood floors shiny and healthy!

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