When cleaning your hardwood floors, using water and vinegar will strip the chemical finish on the wood. Because vinegar is an acid, it only strips the finish on the surface of the wood, with time it will leave a dull appearance and lose its shine. The water from the solution leads to swelling and discoloration.
When cleaning wood floors, these helpful tips will help:
• Sweep your floor to remove large particles of dirt
• Use a pH neutral cleaner gentle enough for your hardwood floors.
• Use a spray mist to clean in sections. Avoid excessive liquid on wood floors.
• Use a microfiber mop for cleaning. Traditional mops leave excess water on floors.