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How to Stop Slippery Floors

Updated February 21, 2017

Slippery floors are a common problem and are typically a result of the wrong cleaning products. Many commercial products are effective in removing dirt and build-up, but the cleaners leave behind a residue of their own that gives you a dangerous, slippery floor surface. Use something that will remove the residue and also change your cleaning solution so the problem does not reoccur in the future.

Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 1 gallon water in a cleaning bucket.

Dip your mop into this vinegar water mixture, wring the mop out and wipe the mop over your flooring. The vinegar will cut through and remove the slippery build-up, and diluting the vinegar with water makes it safe for use on any hard floor surface that has the slippery residue.

Continue until your entire floor is cleaned with the vinegar water and allow it to air dry. Repeat if you notice any leftover slippery residue.

Use the vinegar water as your all-purpose floor cleaner in place of whatever cleaning solution is leaving behind that slippery residue.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Bucket
  • Mop
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Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.