How to Remove Sticky Substances From Wood Floors

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How to Remove Sticky Substances From Wood Floors
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As with any type of flooring, wood floors can sometimes collect sticky residue from food and drink spills or similar substances. When this happens, you need to figure out a cleaning routine that dissolves all of the sticky residue. Also keep in mind that the solution you use must be safe for the wood flooring itself; harsh chemicals that might be effective in cleaning up the sticky substances also can discolour and damage the wood itself.

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Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Mop

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  1. 1

    Mix 1 gallon warm water and 1 cup white vinegar in a bucket.

  2. 2

    Swish your mop in the bucket and squeeze the mop out well. Get out all excess moisture so no water is dripping from the mop.

  3. 3

    Wipe the mop over the sticky residue and repeat as needed until all of the substance is removed.

  4. 4

    Let the floor air dry. Feel to see if any sticky residue is present and repeat the process if needed.

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