Alternatives To Manufacturer's Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Does anyone have a really good way to clean pre-finished hardwood floors other than purchasing the expensive manufacturer's brand of cleaner? It costs me a fortune to use their cleaner and I know someone must have the solution.

NanaBeth from Dawsonville, GA

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July 2, 20080 found this helpful

Make a big post of Tea the night before. The tannin in the tea kills the dust mites.

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July 2, 20080 found this helpful

I used to clean houses for extra $$ when I was a full time stay at home momma. I used a vinegar and water mixture to clean hardwoods. Worked wonders!

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July 5, 20080 found this helpful

I also just use vinegar & water, with some essential oils for scent. Works great, is cheap!

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July 8, 20080 found this helpful

Not a cleaning tip , but just remember if there is a warranty on the floor that it will be void if you don't follow their directions. We were going to try and get a test floor from where my husband works, but after much discussion and figuring, we just couldn't afford to worry about all the specifics that were required.

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July 16, 20080 found this helpful

Method Almond floor cleaner is awesome but might be expensive for some. I buy it in bulk whenever possible. Does not harm the environment, works great, and smells awesome.

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July 25, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with the tea tip. I have used it on my wood floors and furniture for years. I brew a bag or two, depending on how dark the wood is, let the tea cool, dip in a rag and clean, then use another cloth to dry....I just wring the rag out good when doing the floor, I only go over with a dry cloth when doing furniture. The tea treatment is actually good for wood, and it looks gorgeous!

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September 22, 20080 found this helpful

HINT HINT .. DOESNT THE MAJORITY OF HARD WOOD FLOOR CLEANERS SMELL A BIT LIKE WINDEX. GRANDMA DIDNT HAVE HOME DEPOT. SHE USED WHITE DISTILLED VINEGAR. ONE CUP TO A GALLON OF WATER TO BE EXACT

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August 22, 20090 found this helpful

Tread carefully; using cleaners other than those recommended by the manufacturer can ruin finish or cause adhesion problems if you decide to refinish.

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