I maybe the only person who has this problem…. But, then again, I have learned to never assume.
My buddy Pinto has apparently taken a liking to the taste of the dining room floor. Seriously likes it. As in, he licks it enough to create this disgusting film on the floor.
I will never understand beagles and their taste buds.
Anyhow, it is unsightly and more than a little gross. One day, I was tossing around ideas on how to clean the floor when one of the kids dropped their glass of water. And when I say kids, I really mean me.
Amazingly enough, the water cleaned through that grime like no one’s business. But, it was still grossing me out. I wanted to clean it with something stronger than water but it had to be dog & kid friendly. I was not going to be busting out the Swifter Wet Jet anytime soon.
My other concern was the finish of the floor. We had a water based finish applied when we bought the house 9 years ago. It was supposed to be more durable than other finishes ( it is still holding up nice.) but I didn’t want to ruin it.
My thoughts went right to White Vinegar because it is a mild disinfectant. And Non-Toxic. And Cheap.
I read a couple of things about vinegar – apparently there are two schools of thought. Some people like it for cleaning floors (Non-toxic wonder product!), other people, not so much (it could dull the finish).
Throwing caution to the wind, I made a very simple solution which was 1/3 vinegar & 2/3’s water.
Everyone helps out cleaning the floors – I made it a game with a silly song “Scrub, Scrub, Scrub the Floor, Rub, Rub, Rub and Scrub”.
I know – clever! I am thinking of getting it trademarked…
I use the brush only in the hard to clean spots and I don’t scrub hard (I don’t want to ruin the wood). For the most part, I just spray and wipe. I sometimes use rags, but it makes them so slimy that I typically just throw it out.
I have used this method around a dozen times, every few weeks to months depending on Mr. P and his floor obsession.