Many of us make the switch from carpeted floor surfaces to wood because of concerns about germs. Although it is easier to keep these surfaces cleaner, they still need to have special attention. There are several different types of common germs that are found on wooden floors
. They can multiply if not dealt with and even make you sick. Simple sweeping and mopping are probably not the best solutions to ridding your floors of the germs that inhabit them. Here is a description of the types of germs that are most commonly found on your wooden floors and how to get rid of them.
The most common germs found on wooden floors
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Foot traffic and pets are the culprits for introducing germs onto wooden floors. In addition to this, spilling items as you walk can also cause germs to develop. You’ll find everything from dust, dirt, molds and fungi to viruses and bacteria that could replicate and cause sickness. Most viruses cannot survive for very long on these surfaces, but bacteria are often stronger and can feed off of any moisture, dirt or microscopic food particles that can be left when merely sweeping.
Methods for cleaning wooden floors
Most of us know that sweeping is the first step. It helps to remove the majority of particles and debris that are visible to the naked eye. Floors may not look clean after sweeping and so many people use a mop with standard wooden floor cleaners. While some of these products work fairly well at disinfecting and removing stubborn stains, they include chemicals, which may not be healthy for you or for your pets. In addition to this, the best of these disinfecting cleaners only remove a maximum of 99.9 percent of the germs.
Steam mops that reach 200 degrees or higher are great for killing germs on wooden surfaces, but you cannot use them on all wooden floors. They have a tendency to cause discoloration and warping because of the heat and moisture that are used. Before committing to cleaning the entire floor with a steam mop, make a test area that is hidden from view to ensure that the mop will not cause damage to your wooden floor. Some of these type surfaces are more durable than others.
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If you discover that your wooden floor is not suitable for the use of a steam mop, you have another excellent option. Under these conditions, the best alternative for getting rid of germs on wooden floors is to use a simple solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. White vinegar is non-toxic so it won’t cause the build up of harmful residual chemical accumulations in your body. It won’t harm the surface of your floor either.
Final thoughts on getting rid of germs on your wooden floor
There are two highly recommended ways to get rid of most, if not all of the potentially harmful germs that are commonly found on wooden floors. Steam mops can kill up to one hundred percent of these germs, but may not be the best choice for all wooden floors. Vinegar is the safest solution for you, your pets and for your floor.