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How to Make Wood Floors Less Slippery

Updated February 21, 2017

Wood floors can become slippery when you clean them with oil soap or coat them with oils and polishes. The slippery surface can become hazardous. To make the hardwood floors less slippery, homeowners can simply clean the floors with a vinegar and water solution. The vinegar will break down old wax and polish, and make the floors clean without being hazardous.

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  1. Sweep the wood floors with a broom to remove any loose dirt or grit.

  2. Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water and 1 cup of white vinegar.

  3. Soak a clean cloth in the vinegar solution and then wring it out over the bucket. Wipe down the area of the floor around you, being sure to not spill water or allow puddles to form because this can cause water spots.

  4. Wipe down the wet area with a clean, dry towel immediately to prevent water damage.

  5. Move the bucket over and wipe down the next area around you. Repeat the wetting with the vinegar solution and wiping with the towel until you have washed to entire floor. You do not need to rinse the vinegar solution. The floor will now be clean and much less slippery.

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Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Bucket
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 gallon water
  • Clean cloth
  • Dry towel

About the Author

Dawn Gibbs

Based in Richmond, Va., Dawn Gibbs writes about topics such as history, fashion, literature, crafts, alternative medicine and healthy living. Her work has appeared on GreenDaily.com and several style websites. Gibbs holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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