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Old 07-25-2009, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Southeast
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Well, I have laminate wood flooring and recently bought a Steam Mop and just love it! Mine is a Bissell and they claim you can use it on genuine wood floors. It cleans really great. Just fill it with water and wait about 15 minutes to heat up and start mopping. No chemicals nor cleaners needed.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:15 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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Diluted Murphy's Oil Soap. Our floors are solid oak from the early 1970s; not sure if it's a lacquer, shellac, or varnish finish.
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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The old guy that finished our hardwood floors in our last house scolded us on Murphy's Oil soap. He said only dilluted vinegar and water, which is what we then used for years. My wife would add a few drops of lemon oil to the bucket as well.

Worked great, no build-up, nice and clean every time (and cheap as heck too).
We just got our hardwood floors refinished and the expert said, "Absolutely, positively do not use Murphy's Oil Soap. He said the hardwood floor industry has bee battling with Murphy's Oil Soap for years and if you'll notice their commercials never show it being used on floors. This was news to me because that's what I've always used. He suggested vinegar and water - though he doesn't like water on wood of Windex without ammonia. I've been using the non-ammonia Windex and it works great.
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:58 AM
 
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Just had our floors finished yesterday with oil poly and the supervisor stated that murphy's is bad stuff. He recommended A gallon of water to a capful of white vinegar for best results.
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:40 AM
 
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I use the Shark steam mop on my poly-finished hardwood floors. The mop removes just about everything, uses protective microfiber pads that you just throw in the washer, and dries INSTANTLY. It is ready to use in 30 seconds! It does not leave a shine, of course, because you're just using water, but it gets the floors so clean that they feel silky underfoot. It is fairly fast. I used to have laminate floors and used the Swiffer wet jet, but it does leave a film that attracts more dirt, and the floors get filthy really quickly, especially with dogs running around. I am much happier with the cleaning power and safety of the Shark, and recommend it VERY highly.
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I personally like the smell of Murphy's (smell does not correlate with toxicity anyway) and would be careful to use white vinegar not cidar, as some of the cidar vinegar can leave a residue which will, over time, stain the places where the finish wears off.

Many things work well if the floor has several coats of good finish, but over time and with kids, dogs, cats, dirt--any finish also wears off and leaves the wood susceptible to whatever get into it.

I would NEVER use a steam cleaner on any wood that I valued, never. Heat plus water ruins the grain.
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I personally like the smell of Murphy's (smell does not correlate with toxicity anyway) and would be careful to use white vinegar not cidar, as some of the cidar vinegar can leave a residue which will, over time, stain the places where the finish wears off.

Many things work well if the floor has several coats of good finish, but over time and with kids, dogs, cats, dirt--any finish also wears off and leaves the wood susceptible to whatever get into it.

I would NEVER use a steam cleaner on any real wood that I valued, never. Heat plus water ruins the grain. By saying laminate, I assume you mean artificial, not real, wood.
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:17 PM
 
Location: here
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yikes! I've been using a wet swiffer on our wood floors for the last 2 years. I think I'll try diluted vinegar next time. They were not in good shape when we moved in to begin with, so I haven't noticed if I'm doing any damage with the swiffer. I'll be more careful after we get them refinished.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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Polyurethane protects the wood from damage by many things, water included, steam mops for sure. I wouldn't be applying the steam mop to my floors without doing a great deal of research first. The Shark is a high-efficiency, quick-drying mop - see my previous post about it - paying attention to what I said, you will see that it dries instantly. The floors are left in better condition - they look and feel wonderful. There is absolutely no lifting of the grain. THis is because of the polyurethane finish. Do not use steam on any other finish.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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Completely new to wood floor care.
What kind of mop should I use to wash floors with water and vinegar?
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