I want to clean and disinfect an old wood floor.
It is not waxed and it doesn't seem to be finished anymore.
Could I use clorox, a vinegar solution, or should I settle for a wood
soap to be safe?
what are you trying to remove or elminate?
if its urine you CANT remove it since its soaked in the wood:(
The BEST you can do is scrub well, with whatever you want, then let dry
sand and at least 2 coats of outdoor polyurethane.
you cant remove odors from wood just seal them in!
Outdoor poly since if it later gets wet the odor will NOT come back!
this is the only effective way to take care of odors in wood, wether
they are smoke urine etc and is what the fire restoration comapnies do.
follow the directions and its 100% effective forever!
It depends. There is an enzyme product available at professonal
cleaning supply houses that will "eat" urine and other offensive odor
causing yuck out of your floor, but it takes several applications to
work and it's not cheap.
I would avoid clorox since bleach will bleach the wood (unless you
apply it perfectly even) and open the grain. Vinegar can help clean the
wood however you will find that it doesn't do much.
If odors are the problem, try the enzyme liquid, then sand the floor
thoroughly, then seal it. If you're going to cover it with carpet,
paint it with KILZ or BINZ (2 or 3 coats) first.
while urine *is* sterile on immediate exit, the microbes and bacteria
that love it aren't and their waste products are what create the smell.
If you want to kill all that and "eat" what's left (leaving nothing for
the microbes to feast on) the enzymes will do the job - this doesn't
apply only to urine - it works for nearly any organic substance. Not
mind reading, just using common sense.
David Nebenzahl wrote:
On Mon, 16 Oct 2006 22:11:35 -0700, David Nebenzahl
FRESH urine is generally fairly safe. Or at least, if it's not,
whoever you're getting it from has a serious problem.
But it's also a great breeding ground for all kinds of
unpleasant beasties, so if it's more than a few minutes
old, it's probably not safe anymore.
Clean it first with a vac. Clean with a cleaner intended for wood
floors. A damp mop with cool water and a little bleach, followed by
clear water rinse mopping, should help "disinfect". First time you walk
back in with shoes on will bring the dog-poop and whatever soils the
places we walk outdoors. Is there a particular hazard present that you
are concerned about? If you have a baby crawling around, remember it is
probably facing much worse stuff sitting in the seat of a grocery cart
and then sticking it's fingers in it's mouth. Big yuck! And then there
are the doorknobs in restaurant bathrooms. Don't know how we survive.
If you use bleach, don't use much and test it on a spot that isn't out
in the middle of the floor.
That would get my cleaning juices going :o) I couldn't convince my
hubby to get an exterminator for roaches (not a huge infestation) until
I mentioned that they run through the cat box for a snack before they
crawl across his dinner plate in the cupboard.
If your wood floors have bare spots, strong bleach can alter the color,
so I would test. Basic cleanliness is pretty effective, unless the
place was covered with rat droppings.
You can damage a wooden floor with water--wood expands when wet so
there is a chance the floor might buckle. Steam is even worse. All
this depends on the condition of the finish. You can use Murphy's
Oil Soap but try to minimize the time the floor is wet. Use several
old terry cloth towels after you have washed and rinsed an area. It
would be good to work in single 4x4 foot areas at a time. A fan, in
addition to the towels, will help speed the drying. If there is an
area that requires disinfection, use 92% alcohol. Do not use
household bleach on wood.
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