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How to Clean Floors with Surface Finish

If you have wood floors with a surface finish, this means that your floors are protected by a top coat  that sits just on the top surface of your floor.  Surface finish wood floors are very shiny and glossy, and very similar to paint, can include epoxy, acrylic, polyurethane and varnish.  Do not use vinegar on surface finished wood floors.  Vinegar has a very low pH level can dissolve mineral deposits, but not dirt and grime.  Vinegar can dull the finish of your surface finish floor.  To clean a surface finish floor naturally, use a quarter cup of a mild dishwashing solution mixed with a bucket of warm water.  You can use this solution for damp mopping.  Be sure not to completely saturate the floor with water.  If you have scuff marks on the floor, these can be cleaned naturally simply by sprinkling baking soda over the mark and wiping with a damp sponge. 

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How to Clean Floors with Penetrating Finish

If you have a penetrating finish on your wood floors, then you'll notice that your wood floors have a matte finish.  You can probably feel the grain of the wood with a penetrating finish.  It is very important that you do not use cleaners made for a surface finished floor, as these cleaners may turn the finish of your floor cloudy.  Also, do not sure a water based cleaner.  To naturally clean a wood floor with a penetrating finish, you should use a solvent-based cleaner.  Citrus is a great natural solvent.  You can spray a small amount onto your floors (use a natural citrus solvent based cleaner) and wipe with a dust mop.  Be sure to wipe up all spills immediately.  If you find that you have stains (these can be caused by water spills), use good quality steel wool with a bit of your natural citrus solvent.  Rub onto the floor in a circular motion.  Once the spot is removed, apply some jojoba oil and buff the area.

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How to Clean Carpet Floors

To naturally clean carpets, a small stain can be treated by mixing equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle.  Simply mist directly onto the stain.  Allow this to soak for a few minutes, then clean with a sponge or carpet brush and warm soapy water.  If you find that you have a grease spot on your carpet, treat it naturally by sprinkling corn starch onto the spot.  Vacuum after 15-30 minutes.  For a great natural heavy duty carpet cleaner, mix equal parts (I use ¼ cup) of vinegar, borax and salt together.  This will form a paste.  Apply this paste to the carpet and allow it to soak for a few hours.  Vacuum when finished.

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How to Clean Linoleum Floors

Use a few drops of baby oil mixed with one cup of vinegar together in a gallon of warm water to naturally clean vinyl and linoleum floors.  If you have lots of grime to clean, a quarter cup of borax can be added to the mixture.  Be sure that you don't use too much borax on linoleum.  To clean wood floors, you can make a natural cleaner with equal parts vegetable oil and vinegar.  If your floors are made from brick or stone tiles, they can be naturally cleaned with a gallon of water mixed with one cup of white vinegar.  Once the floors are mopped with this mixture, be sure to rinse with plain water.  If your floors are painted wood, a great natural cleaner is a gallon of water with one teaspoon of washing soda added. 

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