A long time ago, my grandmother taught me how to do a deep spring cleaning and we washed hardwood floors and all the wood furniture in the house. I still use this method to this day, and it’s easy, foolproof and keeps wood from drying out.
- 3-4 rags. Old flannels or old towels cut into 12 inch squares work best.
- Two buckets filled about 3/4 of the way with lukewarm water. (I remember the day my grandmother showed me this method, I didn’t know what lukewarm meant, so if you don’t know: it means it’s warm to the touch, but not hot.)
- About a cup or so of white vinegar. Pour it into bucket #1.
- Murphy’s Oil Soap about a 1/4 of a cup. Pour it into bucket #2.
Wash down the wood with the water vinegar solution and while it’s still damp, wash down with the Murphy’s Oil Soap solution.
After the wood has dried, buff to a shine with a dry rag. You can use polish (like Old English or Pledge), but it’s not necessary.
I’ve learned, over time, that other cleansers tend to attract dirt over time. This method won’t, and the oil in Murphy’s keeps wood nourished and looking great!