Hydrogen peroxide has been used as a cleaning and bleaching agent in homes for years. But, will hydrogen peroxide damage hardwood floors? For the love of hardwood floors, no one will take chances when deciding on DIY cleaning solutions. Hardwood floors are so delicate than you see them. They can easily dull when cleaned with a wrong solution. Therefore not any traditional solvent can be used to remove those sticky stains on your floor.
Hydrogen peroxide solution is one of the best homemade wood floor cleaner that is effective in cleaning dirt and grime. It is environment friendly and safe for both pets and human beings. As a cleaning agent, hydrogen peroxide effectively removes stubborn pet stains and sticky dirt from your wood floors making them to look new. It is also a suitable solution for removing a cloudy haze. With antibacterial and antifungal properties, the solution sanitizes surfaces by killing household germs and bacteria.
In proper concentration hydrogen peroxide can also be used as a wood bleaching agent. The formula will not whiten your floors as long as you use while in the right concentration for cleaning. If you fear that it will bleach your floor, test in a hidden area such as a corner of the room. Concentrated hydrogen peroxide is harmful and dangerous and only 3% dilute solution is safe to handle.
How do you use hydrogen peroxide for cleaning hardwood floor properly?
For Spot Cleaning
You will need the following:
- 3% hydrogen peroxide solution
- A spray bottle
- Rubber cleaning gloves for protecting your hands
- Nonabrasive Microfiber cleaning cloth
- Using a spray bottle, apply hydrogen peroxide directly on the spot and allow it to stay few minutes
- With your microfiber cloth wipe off the excess solution
- If the spots are stubborn, you can apply more force as you scrub to remove them.
Removing Pet Stains
Hydrogen peroxide is also suitable for removing pet urine stains and the lingering smell. Soak a piece of cloth in hydrogen peroxide and place over the stain overnight or at least 8 hours during the day. Wipe the solution with microfiber cloth and the stain will have disappeared. If it persist, repeat the process until it gets off.
Alternatively you can combine the peroxide and baking soda for quicker results. Spray the 3% hydrogen peroxide solution on paper towels and place them directly on the stains. Keep spraying the towels occasionally with the peroxide. After 8 hours, remove the towels and sprinkle baking soda on the stain and leave it until it dries. Vacuum to clear it away.
There is a one problem when using peroxide to remove pet stains. After the treatment, the wood finish at the affected area may get damaged or discolored. You should get prepared to sand and refinish the section for proper wood protection.
General Hardwood Floor Cleaning
To make a safe floor cleaning solution for general floor cleaning, mix 1 cup of 35% peroxide solution (cleaning grade) with one gallon of water. You can use an alternative to get the same peroxide cleaning solution; mix 1 tablespoon of Sodium Percarbonate with a gallon of water.
Dip a nonabrasive microfiber mop into the solution and wring to remove excess solution. Clean your hardwood floor as you dry with a separate microfiber cloth to completely dry it off. It is advised you clean in sections. If you are worried about the solution bleaching your floor, begin by testing at a small area in a hidden corner. By the end of the cleaning, the floor is sanitized, smells fresh and looks new.
Hydrogen peroxide is safe on wood floor as long as you do the correct thing while cleaning. It is important to be cautious about the concentration you are using. Any water based cleaning solution should be completely dried off to prevent the solution from penetrating the finish.