Cleaning heavily soiled hardwood floors can be a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques, it doesn't have to be. Before you start, it's important to sweep the floor to remove any dirt found on the surface. Then, you can use a variety of methods to clean the floor, such as commercial hardwood cleaners, oil soaps, white vinegar, Castile soap, baking soda, or a mixture of water and Murphy oil. Additionally, you should use high-quality disc shock absorbers designed to clean floors for best results.
When using white vinegar or Castile soap, it's important to dilute it with ½ cup of white vinegar per gallon of water. To clean the floor, dip a cotton cleaning cloth in the solution and wipe it over a 3 by 3 foot section of the wooden floor to remove dirt and grime buildup. After cleaning, remember to dry the floor with a clean cloth or dry mop. It's recommended to clean hardwood floors at least four times a week.
In addition to regular vacuuming and cleaning up spills immediately, you should also use a well-wrung microfiber mop. With regular care and attention to detail, you can keep your hardwood floors looking beautiful for years to come.