I’ve been cleaning my poly-coated hardwood floors with vinegar for a while now, which does get them clean, BUT they weren’t being left as shiny as I would like. I accidentally spilled some of my Homemade Furniture Spray on the floor, and well, this happened. 😉
Pour all of your ingredients into a glass spray bottle, (because oil tends to go rancid faster in metal or plastic containers). Shake well and spray on the area of hardwood floor that you wish to polish. Then mop the floor in sections with a microfiber mop or a microfiber cloth over a Swiffer mop. Shake before each use.
This formula cleans a bit as well because of the vinegar, but I like cleaning with straight vinegar first, letting the floor dry and then following with this application. I also LOVE the smell of lemongrass essential oil, so I usually use about 20 drops of that but I also use the lemon essential oil, so the remaining 10 drops go to that scent. (I heard that real wood likes a bit of citrus). But this is not the only combination out there. Check out the list below for some other sweet smelling ideas:
UPDATE: I want to reiterate that this is a polish NOT a cleaner. You would do this after your floors have been washed. the floors should be dry. Also, a little goes a long way. DO NOT POUR THIS ON YOUR FLOORS! If you spray a little at a time and rub it in with a cloth or a microfiber mop,with a clean head, then it will work well. Also, my floors are original oak with several coats of polyurethane on top. I have never used this on engineered wood floors. Also, I only use this polish about once a month to prevent buildup. I would TEST A SECTION first, to see if it works for you.
- How do you polish your hardwood floors?