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How to Clean Old Hardwood Floors


It’s easy to learn how to clean old hardwood floors and keep them looking in top shape. Simple household products and some time is all it takes to transform dull hardwood floors into a clean, smooth living environment. Hardwood floors require minimum maintenance and can make any room look spacious and professional. Depending on the level of wear and tear on your hardwood flooring, extra care may be needed to remove stains and other imperfections.

Prep and Clean the Floors

Begin by using a standard dust mop to remove any loose dust and dirt on the surface of the floors. Follow the dust mop with a broom or vacuum to remove any hidden dirt in corners and crevices. It’s important to have all grim removed from the floor for a better clean. Consider working in sections to reduce the amount of walking if working with large area flooring.

Mix Cleaning Supplies and Mop

In a medium sized bucket, mix one half cup white vinegar with one gallon of lukewarm water. It’s important not to have the water too hot as this can damage wood floors. Vinegar works as a great cleaning product and deep cleans to remove tough stains and grim from your hardwood floors. Soak your mop in the vinegar solution and squeeze out any excess. Mop the floor in sections, paying more attention to high traffic areas. Be careful not to use too much water as moisture can damage hardwood flooring.

Dry and Protect the Floors

Immediately after cleaning your floors, it’s important to dry the floors completely to eliminate moisture sitting on the wood. A towel or dry mop can be used to soak up any water on the surface. Repeat this process a maximum of once per week to keep your hardwood floors looking their best. Avoid using a wet mop more than once per week to eliminate the risk of damage.

Additional Tips and Suggestions

For those looking for a professional clean, a hardwood floor wax or polish may be used to make dull floors look like new once again. To remove stains from your hardwood floors, a piece of very fine steel wool or alcohol can be used to remove the spots. If wax or polish is used regularly, there may be a risk of adhesion problems when recoating the floors. Although there are many methods on how to clean old hardwood floors, these options are simple and can keep floors always looking their best.




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