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Safe Cleaners for Hardwood Floors

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    LESLIE: Steve in Maryland has a cleaning question. What can we do for you today?

    STEVE: Love the show.

    TOM: Thanks, Steve.

    STEVE: Question is I have hardwood floors and I want to know – the cleaning service comes and they use Murphy’s soap every week on it…

    TOM: Yeah.

    STEVE: … but it doesn’t get the same fresh smell as Pine Sol. (Tom and Leslie chuckle) And I don’t – but I don’t think you could use Pine Sol on hardwood floors, though. Is that true?

    TOM: I don’t see why you can’t. I used to use it on my mine. The key is to not make it too wet.

    LESLIE: Yeah.

    TOM: And it doesn’t really matter if you use something called Murphy’s Oil Soap or something called Pine Sol. They’re both cleaning solutions. They’re both mixed with water. And as long as you keep that damp mop on the damp side as opposed to the wet side…

    LESLIE: As opposed to drenched.

    TOM: Yeah, I think you’ll be fine. So I don’t see any reason you can’t and why don’t you go buy a bottle of Pine Sol and suggest maybe they use that the next time.

    STEVE: I just thought – I think I heard because of the alcohol or something that’s in Pine Sol it wasn’t good for the wax on a hardwood floor; that eventually it eats away at the wax. I don’t know if you guys have heard anything similar.

    TOM: No, I’ve never heard that.

    LESLIE: No. Even on the directions on the bottle it says it’s safe to use on flooring.

    STEVE: It says like linoleum floors or like, you know, a laminated floor. But I don’t think you can use it for a wood floor. That’s my concern.

    TOM: Well, we’ve been doing it. Perhaps we’ve been doing it wrong but we have and haven’t had any problems with it. So I don’t have a problem recommending it, Steve.

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