Can You Use Vinegar to Clean Hardwood Floors?

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You should NOT use vinegar to clean hardwood floors.

More Info: Any acidic cleaner, such as vinegar, should not be used on a hardwood floor as it has the potential to pit and etch the finish on your hardwood floor with prolonged use. [""Hardwood Floor Cleaning and Maintenance" Bruce Flooring]

How to Safely Clean Your Hardwood Floors

The first step to cleaning hardwood floors is to remove as much dirt and grit as possible. Dirt and sand can be very abrasive to hardwood, therefore they should be vacuumed or dry mopped frequently. A vacuum cleaner with a bare floor attachment works best, but a dust mop can be used. It is also helpful to expose as much floor surface as possible by removing rugs and furniture to give a more even clean appearance.

Use Appropriate Cleaners

After vacuuming or sweeping the floor, use a cleaner designed specifically for hardwood floors. Soak a clean mop with this solution, and then WRING the mop out thoroughly. The mop should be damp, but never soaking wet! Begin mopping in the far, back corner of the room. Rinse the mop as needed. The vinegar solution will dry quickly and streak free, so there is no need to rinse. Prefinished floors may need to be buffed with a clean, dry cloth to enhance the shine. Wait until the floor is completely dry before replacing rugs and furniture.


  • Never use ammonia based cleaners, wax-based products, or bleach to clean a hardwood floor.

  • Water should never stand on hardwood floors. This can cause damage to the hardwood.

  • The most important aspect of keeping hardwood floors looking new is to keep dirt and grit off the floor

Works Cited

University of Missouri Extension
"Caring for Hardwood Floors."

Flooring from Bruce
Hardwood Floor Cleaning and Maintenance from Bruce

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