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.
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.