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So there comes a time in a woman's life where you really come to grips with what's important.

at one time it was  big hair, fake lashes and extra-high heels.

now. times are a changin' and the things that once excited me, well...they still do, but...I have added one to the list.  

laminate flooring.

or rather, cleaning it.

We live in a town home and recently installed laminate hardwood.  We went with the laminate because our place will be a rental property when we buy a house and it's a lot more durable (and cheaper) than hardwood.  I love my flooring, except for one itty bitty teeny tiny detail.

i cannot.  for the life of me.  keep it clean.

I have the coveted Shark Vac then Steam.  I was certain that dropping the dreaded $150 on the purple contraption would make my floors gleam, but I was very wrong.  

a.  contrary to popular belief, the steam aspect of the aforementioned is very bad for wood floors...real or laminate.

b.  it leaves streaks.

c.  it leaves a filmy residue. 

d.  its a complete waste of money.

e.  if you have linoleum or ceramic tile, disregard A through D.

I have seriously been pouring over Google trying to find the best way to clean these damned floors and I keep running across the same thing.  Hot water + vinegar.  No bueno.  Still leaves a film.  Then yesterday I randomly found the secret potion to make my floors sparkle and shine  The reviews were all the same.  


and even better.  I had most of the ingredients in my cabinet.  So here you go ladies...

1/3 cup of water

1/3 cup of white vinegar

1/3 cup of rubbing alcohol

3 drops of dish soap

combine is a spray bottle and voila!

I didn't have the rubbing type of alcohol and I didn't think champagne would cut it.  I had to run to Tar-jay anyhow so I grabbed the alcohol, a microfiber mop and a few microfiber cloths.  I didn't even get my bags unloaded before I had my concoction whipped up.  Down on bended knee and microfiber cloth in hand, I sprayed the dirtiest spot on my floor and started wiping.

can I just say...I do believe the Heavens parted and the light of God was illuminating right off that very spot on my perfectly spot, streak, and film free floor?

I think the alcohol in the mixture is the best part.  It causes your floors to dry really fast and I believe this is why streaks don't appear.

I may or may not have squealed with excitement.  I then proceeded to clean another spot and another and I couldn't stop!  My floors have never looked so good and they will no longer be a point of shame in my life.
I tried to get a few shots of the results and hopefully you'll be able to see, but if not, I promise it works!

I wish the pics really showed you guys have amazing this stuff is!  And lets just sweeten the deal why don't we.  I went on to clean all of my mirrors, my stainless appliances, my kitchen table and my countertops with this stuff and I could have cried.  My appliances looked 100x's better than they do when I use my stainless cleaner and my mirrors?  Flawless.

Needless to say.  The Vac then Steam is taking a trip back to Bed Bath and Beyond.  All in (alcohol, spray bottle, microfiber cloths and microfiber mop...I already had the vinegar and dish soap) I think I spent $20?  Now I have perfectly clean surfaces that involved ZERO harsh chemicals and $130 on it's way back into my pocket.

If you end up trying this out PLEASE share your story with me!  I want to know how it works for you!

happy cleaning ladies...xoxxoxox.

p.s.  obviously I won't being cleaning my floors on hands and knees with a spray bottle and cloth, so that is where the microfiber mop comes in.  It has a built in spray bottle and the cloth is washable.


Mrs. Mama said...

WOW! You can totally see the huge difference! I'm going to have to try this magic potion out... does it work on hardwood too? I assume it doesn't matter? EEEK! yaya!

Andrea @ Life in Dawleywood said...

I am so glad you posted this because for the last few days I have been trying everything to get out laminate wood clean and streak free! I even tried the steam mop a few days ago! I will have to try this for sure. I think this post was meant for me by God =)

Kristen said...

I'll have to try this, thanks for the rec!

McKenzie said...

Wow! What an amazing difference! I just wrote down the concoction so I can try on my laminate wood floors! I have this "mop n glo" stuff and it sucks!! SO glad I read this before buying a steam vac! Can't wait to try this!!

Lindsey said...

Um I want to try this immediately and I think I will. Thank you love !!!

ashley said...

this post just made my day, maybe even my life. i love to clean (seriously- I must be insane) but I have had the hardest time finding something to clean my wood floors!

Anonymous said...

The difference is amazing! Can't wait to try. Are the drops of dish soap just tiny drops?

Lisa K.

Raven said...

so I actually really enjoyed this entire post about cleaning.


but really!!! I did, because we have wood floors and its SO HARD TO KEEP IT CLEAN!

hey. maybe you wanna come over and clean my floors? I pay you in annnyyyyyttthing you want.

Shauna said...

I like your blog! Im your newest follower :)


Laura said...

This is such a beautiful blog and it really inspires me!:) Would you like to follow each other?

Mimi said...

ohmygosh, that is amazing!!! thanks for sharing this trick with us, i can't wait to tell my mom so we can try it. ;)

<3, Mimi
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J and A said...

That is amazing. I must try this magic potion. Thank you! New follower right here! :)

Meagan said...

You are seriously my new best friend for posting this. We have laminate flooring too and it is NEVER clean. Thanks so much for sharing!

Lesley @ my lively mind said...

wow, that's amazing. thanks for posting bc i'll be trying very soon (:

The Bases said...

OH wow, glad i ran across this. I have the Shark vac and steam too and agree it hardly does the job. I am going to try this! Thanks!

Peters Mommio said...

Thanks for the post! You EXACTLY described myself with this post!
What type of microfiber cloths did you get? My floors look much better but still cloudy after it dried:(I'm seriously considering a bucket and scrubbing on my hands and knees, did you have to do that?)

Peters Mommio said...

Thanks for the post! You EXACTLY described myself with this post!
What type of microfiber cloths did you get? My floors look much better but still cloudy after it dried:(I'm seriously considering a bucket and scrubbing on my hands and knees, did you have to do that?)

Peters Mommio said...

Thanks for the post! You EXACTLY described myself with this post!
What type of microfiber cloths did you get? My floors look much better but still cloudy after it dried:(I'm seriously considering a bucket and scrubbing on my hands and knees, did you have to do that?)

Dana Strunk said...

Do you use a wet microfiber mop?

Cindi Aharonian said...

You are my new favorite person :) I am not even religious and the heavens opened and sang for me too! I cleaned the whole kitchen after the floor was gleaming! THANK YOU!

ERIC WELLS said...

Ok so I tried this and yes it works but it took a while to figure the key out. We have tried so many different things and all left nasty film. The trick for me was use a new rag/towel that was not washed with fabric softner then BAM there you go!

ThankfullyHis said...

Ok.. you sold me... and I am a hard sell! I will try this and if this works I will FOLLOW you. Now I know you get that a lot so let me explain..... I hate blogs.. absolutely hate them... I'm a cut to the jist type a gal so I tend not to read on and on and on about peoples lives or experiences.....But yours well was different. Ha! I read it all. I enjoyed it....hmmm perhaps I'm softening :)

Rebecca said...

You don't need to publish this comment...
That strong a vinegar solution will etch the finish on the floor making it "uncleanable" in a very short period of time (less than a year if you're using it regularly). Either refresh the finish religously, or dilute the solution with water. You may find that using strong black tea most of the time gives you as nice a look without damaging the finish on the laminate.

Kellie Battaglia said...

How are you cleaning your steam mop pads? I have had mine for years, have laminate flooring upstairs, almost all wood downstairs except for bathroom and foyer (both tiled) and absolutely wouldn't use anything other than my steam mop. But, if you are using fabric softener, that is what is causing your pads to leave the film and its why the pads aren't getting all the dirt up.

Claire said...

I just tried this on my wood floors and I loved how clean it got the floors....but...it smells Terrible!! �� I don't think I can do it again.

Nobanno said...

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Cyndy said...

I have used a similar formula on my windows for years! I first used in jr hi when I had a Saturday job washing windows at a small store in the town I grew up in. How brilliant to use it on the floors! Gonna do it today!

Julie Black said...

I have been putting up with dingy laminate for almost 3 years just thinking that's the way it had to be because I've tried EVERYTHING including the vinegar and water. I think you're right, the alcohol has to be the trick! I haven't tried it yet but I'm very hopeful! Thanks!

Rhonda Childs said...

Thank you for posting. I will definitely be trying this. My step daughter just got new laminate flooring and I shared your post with her. I will use my Shark only on the ceramic tile now. It definitely doesn't cut it on the laminate! Happy Cleaning!!! :)