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.
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.
IT WORKS GREAT!
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.