How to Clean an Old Wood Floor


An old wood floor adds character to a home, but when it is left uncared for over the years, it develops buildup and residue that is difficult to remove through normal cleaning procedures. A vacuum or dust mop may remove light dust, but old wood floors with years of built up residue require a much more thorough cleaning that cuts through the residue and restores the natural appearance of the wood floor. This can be done with a few inexpensive cleaning tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Nylon brush
  • Mop
  • Pour 1 gallon of water and 1 cup of white vinegar into a cleaning bucket. Add 2 tbsp. dish soap also to remove sticky buildup.

  • Dip a nylon scrub brush into the mixture, tap against the side of the bucket to release excess water and scrub over the old flooring.

  • Continue your way across the flooring, scrubbing in small circular motions until all residue is removed.

  • Rinse the bucket and refill with plain water.

  • Swish a mop in the bucket, squeeze it out and wipe it over the old wood floors. This removes the lifted buildup and cleaning solution.

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