6 Homemade Cleaner Recipes For Wood Floors

If you love these holiday crafts and gifts – then you’ll find THOUSANDS more just as creative over on the Tip Junkie Homemade Gifts , Free Patterns & Christmas site! It has a tank where you pour the hoover floor solution” in and then when you start your scrubber, you pull a trigger to dispense the liquid onto the floor, and then little spin brushes, actually scrub the floor with the solution..you then click the machine on to the dry” setting and then it squeegee’s and sucks up the liquid that remains on the floor, and dries quickly.

Once the planks were cut, I brought them into the shop and laid them out. First, I took out an electric sander and sanded all rough edges and splinters. Next, I made up a mixture of 1/4 CeCe Caldwells Simply White Chalk Paint and 3/4 water. You can alter this mixture depending on how white” you want your flooring. I used a roller attached to a broom handle to apply a coat of the white washed paint to all of the planks.

Unlike solid hardwood floors, which are, um, solid hardwood, engineered hardwoods have several layers to them that give them stability and allow them to expand and contract, making them more like your easygoing, trustworthy boyfriend, and not like that boyfriend you had for a short time because you inexplicably had a major crush on him but couldn’t bring anywhere in public because he was unstable or had a unibrow.

If your wooden flooring has that urethane type of finish, then you no longer need to polish it. You can simply refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on the recommended cleaner to use for cleaning it. Another important tip when it comes to the process of how to make wood floors shine is to make sure that you keep small kids and pets away so there will not be any distractions.

You can install a solid-wood floor on a conventional raised plywood subfloor or on a properly prepared concrete slab (see Installing Hardwood Floors Over Concrete ) but only if the surface is above grade (it must be no more than 3 inches lower than the ground level outside) because moisture, which is typically present beneath below-grade floors, can be very damaging to solid wood.

After extensive research (which included speaking with an expert on chemical toxins at Johns Hopkins, multiple conversations with people at the EPA, visits with industrial hygienists who specialize in formaldehyde emissions in newly-remodeled workplaces and homes), I learned that laminate flooring typically off-gasses for AT LEAST ten years after installation, and that levels are higher in warmer climates or in winter when the furnace is running.


When you first do hardwood it looks great, but then you get scratches, dents and sometimes even dirt just digs into it. My cousin complained that her floors never get really really clean, and she loves my cheap floor because it looks exactly the way it did the day we installed it. It’s not the same, I have no illusions that it’s real wood, but it is fine for me.

If your door opens into the room, check it’ll open over the new flooring and threshold bar. If your wooden floor has a heavy layer of dirt and grime, it would be a good idea that you mop it first with vinegar. But be careful about twists and bends in this wood — spruce sometimes has a mind of its own. After reading the comment about the glass shower doors I tried it on the kid’s shower & their doors have never been cleaner. If you poured a bottle of vinegar directly on the floor and allowed it to sit, it would most likely damage the surface.

Top Tip – It is best to sweep or vacuum in the direction that the floor is laid in to collect all the dirt between the grooves instead of trapping it. It is expensive to buy the flooring already made, but you may be able to find an old building that you can salvage some from and make your own. Some important things to first consider are the room in which you plan to install your new floor , the type of subfloor, what type of transitions you’ll need where your new floor meets other existing floors, etc. If you were hoping for hardwood in the kitchen or bathroom, you may be out of luck.

Mark and then cut the board to fit at the door jamb (Photos 8 and 9). Cut the notch so that it slides about 1/2 in. under the jamb so the jamb will appear to be completely sitting on the flooring. If you are brushing on a liquid stain, immediately wipe it evenly over the wood, and then remove the excess stain that hasn’t soaked in. When you apply a sealer, use a 4-inch-wide brush, moving it back and forth with the wood grain. Usually you make them out of wood planks (like we did in our other bathroom and for our farmhouse table ) but to do it right you need a joiner, table saw, planer (or belt sander), kreg jig and bar clamps.

Walk on wood is one of my main sources for materials i am in there at least 10 to 12 times a month. The vinegar disinfects, which is important for me with a little one roaming around. Marie- The floor is not as bad as wood floor in terms of scratching, but you still need to be careful- we use felt on the bottom of furniture and basically treat it like a wood floor. You can fit a threshold bar in a doorway to make a neat join between the new floor and the flooring in the next room. Quick Tip: You can also spray commercial furniture polish onto the mop head and then wipe over surface.

Since I don’t want to take the time to paint the paper and then stain it, I was wondering if wood grain wrapping paper would work or if it’s too hard to stick down with the glue. And, of course, you will most definitely have adjoining spaces that you plan to install wood flooring in that go in different directions, and you should lay wood flooring all in one direction in adjoining spaces if at all possible. Wood expands as it absorbs moisture and shrinks as it dries, which can lead to buckled floorboards or gaps between boards. The key to this increased stability and moisture tolerance comes from how an engineered wood floor is made.

Worrying about humidity isn’t really a concern living in Southern Utah, the ultra dry air is more of a concern because it sucks the life out of everything, including wood. Let’s talk about how we did the flooring which we figured ended up costing us $1.85 a square foot. But depending on the type of laminate you purchase, you may need to lay down a sheet of padding prior to installation. There are some things you can do on a regular basis to make sure your parquet floors look their best. Typically when nailing down an 18mm-22mm solid floor you will want to use 2” long nails.

Hi all…after reading all the positive comments, I am dying to try this recipe, BUT in a different type of floor cleaning machine. If it isn’t parallel, the flooring won’t be either, so it may be necessary to slightly adjust your guideline. The instructions given here are generic for nailing solid-wood flooring to a plywood or OSB subfloor. The oil based urethane gave the wood a nice warm color and made the non-stained boards a light honey color.