Moving from a house with carpets to a rental with wooden floors is a daunting prospect. You want to keep it clean, make sure you don’t damage the floors. There are a number of floor cleaning products you need to know about and honestly its not as stressful as it seems at first.
Universal Rengøring (universal cleaner) is exactly what it says however there are special ones for different uses i.e. bathroom, kitchen, windows etc but the picture on the front helps with this. Some need to be diluted and others can be used straight from the spray bottle.
Floor cleaners are something that can cause some angst especially if you have no experience of looking after a wood floor and like many people renting apartments here will be all you will have.
Brun Sæbe – literally this means brown soap. It can be used on tiles, slate, marble, untreated and lacquered wood.
Probat Hvid – this is a brand name white soap but you can find other makes. It can be used on tiles and wood. It creates a protective soap layer which repells dirt.
Træsæbe and Træsæbe hvid – there are a basic soap and a white soap to be used on wood floors.
Natursæbe – this can be used on tiles, bricks, marble and lino floors.
All the above should be used regularly to clean your floor with a mop and bucket after you have hoovered or swept the floor.
From DIY shops such as Silvan, Bauhaus and Harald Nyborg you can buy special fast drying oils to treat your floors to keep them protected. It might be worth checking with your landlord about what they prefer you use.
Gulvolie (below) is an oil treatment for wooden floors and is fast drying. It comes in white, clear, matt and gloss.
Oliefrisker is an alternative to the natursæbe mentioned above, and adds a protective coat on the floor and into the wood. It is to be used on oiled and wax treated floors.
All the above is general guidance to cleaning products but do check with your landlord if you are still concerned about the correct ones to use.
Many thanks for this simple and practical but very helpful article! Could I ask a stupid question….. what is the difference between white and brown soap? And how do I choose between the two?