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February 27, 2013, 11:28 AM

Reuse tea bags for cleaning wood floors and more...

By Ruby Hazael

Reclaimed wood floors can be cleaned and polished using black tea [photo flickr sashafatcat

Somerset, UK - A blog article recently published by Kelly Vaghenas from the Green Prophet, focused on the many different ways that one could reuse an tea bag. Number eight on the list of thirteen, nestled between cleaning dirty dishes and making hair shiny was polishing wooden floors. Apparently brewed tea can help polish up wood floors and furniture.

A sustainable living website, called Rural Spin, produced an article about cleaning floors with tea. Rural Spin says the method for cleaning is to brew up some tea (We like the reused tea bag ethos, preferably fair trade, organic of course) let it cool down, put it in a spray bottle and spray the floor lightly. Then mop or wipe over to remove dirt. There is no need to rinse.

Rural Spin says that the slight acidity of tea, around PH5, is less harsh than vinegar or soap and more effective than water alone. Vinegar is another green cleaning product and has a PH level of around 3. So, it is claimed, the tea will remove dirt and add to the patina without stripping the finish.

Does anyone have any other green cleaning, finishing tips for reclaimed wood floors?

Tea New Direct: 13 surprising ways to reuse a tea bag
Rural Spin: 5 benefits of cleaning wood floors with tea

Story Type:  Trade Tips

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