Vinegar has long been used as an alternative “clean” cleaning agent. But is it really a good option?
While vinegar may be harmless for your countertops or your windows, it’s dangerous for your hardwood surfaces. To understand why, we have to understand a bit of the chemistry behind it. White Vinegar has a pH level of about 2.5 and the ideal range for wooden floors is about 6-7, neutral. When vinegar is used as a cleaning product, it throws off this pH level and damages the floor, breaking down the grains in the wood.
This is not the only way that it damages the flooring though. Wooden floors are usually coated with a protective finish, or varnish. Vinegar breaks this down and exposes the wood to even more damage, as it’s barrier from stains, scratches, and other problems has been stripped away.
While vinegar may be a versatile cleaning agent for many household surfaces, it is not suitable for cleaning wooden floors. Its acidic nature, pH imbalance, and ability to strip protective finishes can cause long-term damage to the wood. Instead, opt for gentle cleaning methods, such as regular sweeping, damp mopping with a pH-neutral cleaner, and using protective measures to maintain the beauty and longevity of your wooden floors. Remember, a little extra care goes a long way in preserving the natural beauty of your home.