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.

Clean an old wood floor with vinegar any a nylon scrub brush.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

Rinse the bucket and refill with plain water.

Step 5

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.

Mel Frank

Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.