Clorox can absolutely be used to clean and disinfect hardwood floors. There are a range of Clorox products that can be used for wiping down hardwood floors.
Clorox disinfecting wet mopping cloths can be used with a Swiffer mop or similar cloth mop. The mopping cloths attach to the Swiffer or mop and just need to be wiped across the floor.
The great thing about Clorox disinfecting wet mopping cloths is that they kill 99.9% of germs including staph, strep, salmonella, and E. Coli. They are also listed as being effective against Covid-19, but we can’t verify this.
The other great thing is that these cloths are bleach free. This means that they won’t strip or damage flooring whether it is sealed or unsealed. Also, check out the answer to how do you clean unsealed wood? here.
Some users do suggest that you avoid using Clorox on untreated wood as it can permeate and damage the material.
Clorox floor wipes come in a scented and unscented version. The scented wipes add a fresh fragrance to your room. This can save you using another product to scent the room afterwards.
You can also use Clorox bleach products on your floors so long as you dilute them. You don’t want to put undiluted bleach on hardwood floors.
Undiluted bleach will strip the color and finish on your flooring. It will leave noticeable stains that you won’t be able to wash out.
Can you use Dawn dish soap on hardwood floors?
Dawn dish soap, and other dish soaps for that matter, are designed to cut through grease and grime on your dishes. This causes some people to think that they can use it to clean their hardwood floors. However, the truth is actually quite different.
The first thing to remember about hardwood floors is that water is not your friend. To clean these kinds of floors, you need to use as little water as humanly possible. This causes problems with Dawn dish soap for a number of reasons.
Firstly, you need to add water to dish soap to get it to lather and do its thing. Without water, you’re just spreading goop over your floor.
The natural thing to do would be to place some Dawn in a mop bucket and fill with water. However, this would end up saturating the floors with water.
The only feasible way to clean your hardwood floors with Dawn dish soap is to mix it with water in a spray bottle. That way, you can limit and control the amount of water you put on the wooden floors.
This, however, raises the other issue with Dawn dish soap. Like other dish soaps, Dawn needs to be rinsed away with water. If you don’t rinse the dish soap away, you’ll end up with a sticky film over your floors.
Using Dawn and water in a spray bottle is all well and good, but at some point, you need to rinse it away. Again, you’ll need to control the amount of water you spray on the floor, so you’ll need to get yourself another spray bottle.
When all is said and done, Dawn dish soap doesn’t seem to have any advantages that would warrant the time and effort you need to use it. Our advice is to steer clear.
Can you use a magic eraser on wood floors?
Magic erasers are made from melamine foam. When melamine resin is cured and hardened into foam, it becomes hard and abrasive. However, the structure of the foam is so small and coarse, it acts as an incredibly high grit sandpaper.
This abrasive surface is what makes magic sponges useful. They can scrub away tough stains, scuff, and marks because they have such an abrasive surface.
You can use magic erasers on hardwood floors to remove scuffs and stains. Make sure you hold the eraser firmly and take a few swipes over the scuff or the stain.
It’s important that you stick only to the scuff or stain. If you use a magic eraser on a non-marked part of the floor, then you’ll end up sanding away part of the wood.
A magic eraser should not be used as a general cleaning product on your hardwood floors. It is a spot cleaning tool only.
You should also be aware of the fact that some warranties will be voided if you use a magic eraser. This is because you need to put water on the eraser before you use it.
Many hardwood floor suppliers state in their warranty that using water to clean the flooring will void the warranty.
In summary, yes, a magic eraser can be used, but do so carefully.
What does Rejuvenate do to hardwood floors?
Rejuvenate is what’s known as a revitalizer. It helps improve the appearance of your wooden floors which can give them a new lease of life.
Rejuvenate works by filling in any gaps and scratches that might be in the floor. With these filled in, the floors appear smoother and newer.
In a sense, rejuvenate works by tricking your eyes with reflection. When the light hits a smoother surface, it tends to bounce back to your eyes in a more uniform way. This makes it appear brighter, shinier, and newer.
When light hits an uneven, scratched surface, the light bounces back in all different directions. This happens because the light lands at different angles depending on which part of the surface it hits.
When light bounces back in such a random way, the surface appears darker and duller because a lot of the light misses our eyes.
To apply Rejuvenate, you need to first clean your floors with a suitable cleaner. Once clean, spread the Rejuvenate over your floors with a mop.
Make sure you spread it evenly. You don’t want lumps or puddles of Rejuvenate. This will create an uneven surface and defeat the point of using Rejuvenate.
A final note on Rejuvenate, the liquid comes out of the bottle milky white. Don’t be alarmed by this. It does dry clear.