Home Remedies for Wood Floors

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The beauty of hardwood flooring is undeniable, but with this feature comes a great deal of care and maintenance if you want it to last a long time. Using natural materials for flooring also increases the overall cost, which makes home remedies for wood floors important when you want to protect this valuable investment.

Wood Floor Home Remedies

Wood floors are durable, tough, and does not discolor when it comes in contact with dirt and other grime. However, they do lose their shine over time and start to display a dull look. They may squeak uncontrollably. Other times, you must remove the waxy buildup to prevent dangerous, slippery walking conditions. To make sure the upkeep is easier and cost effective; you may want to consider using the following home remedies for wood floors:

a) Talcum [1]:

To treat squeaky hardwood floors, sprinkle a bit of talcum between the cracks. This will help your issue if there is a surface gap between the boards. After zeroing in on the noisy floor boards, sprinkle the talcum powder into the crack. Lay an old towel over the powder, and use it to work the talcum into the cracks by pushing it around with your foot. Wipe up the excess when you are done.

b) Window Cleaner:

If furniture polish or hair spray (which can also soften and wrinkle wood flooring) has clouded your hardwood floors, remove the residue by wiping with a damp cloth. If this method does not work, wipe with a cloth dampened with ammonia-free window cleaner.

c) Shoe Polish:

Use a cotton swab to apply shoe polish that matches the same color as your scratched wood floors.

d) Pantyhose:

If you need to reach a tight spot or intricate layout when staining your wooden floors, you’re going to need a smaller tool. Cut a strip from an old pair of pantyhose and after folding over the material a few times – use a rubber band to fasten it to the end of a wooden Popsicle stick. Dip the tool into the container of stain or varnish, and get to work.

e) Cup of Tea:

Clean your wooden floors with a cup of freshly brewed tea. Add a couple of bags of tea to one quart of water, and boil. Allow the liquid to cool before dipping in a soft cloth and wringing out the excess. Wipe away the grime and dirt, and buff to dry using a different soft, clean cloth.

f) Steel Wool:

Extra fine steel wool (grade 000) will help eliminate some of the elements that can make a wood flooring look ghastly. Rubbing with the steel wool addresses heavy scuff marks, shoe polish and even paint splatters. You only have to rub very lightly to see results – anything rougher and you run the risk of damaging the finish.

g) Humidifier:

Many floor squeaks come with seasonal changes. For instance, boards shrink in the dry winter air, which causes gaps to form in between. Because of this, the squeakiness that you hear comes from wood rubbing against other wood. To prevent squeaks, use a humidifier during the winter months to enhance the quality of the air.

h) Crayon:

A quick fix for scratches on your wood floor is a crayon in the same shade as the finish. First, soften the crayon by placing it in the microwave (on the defrost setting) or with a hair dryer on the highest setting. Next, use the softened crayon to color over the scratches in the wood. To add shine to the floor, use a clean rag as a buffing tool.


[1] Five Minute Fixes by Reader’s Digest; pg.81.