Move with the grain, and control the amount of cleaning solution by using a spray. One example is Bona's free & simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner ($13; Bona).
Restore an old hardwood floor with a simple cleaning. Use wax on a waxed floor and wood–floor polish on a polyurethane finish. Buff the waxed floor with terry .
The wood floors we have in our apartment are over 100 years old and after living here a year I have still not been able to get them *really* clean .
Rinse the mop with clean water, wring out excess, and damp mop the floor to remove the cleaner. Wipe up excess water with a clean, dry towel because standing water will damage the floor. You can also use boiling water and two teabags to clean hardwood floors. The tannic acid in tea creates a beautiful shine.
Judy asked: How do I clean old hardwood floors with paint and drywall residue. you uncover an old hardwood floor only to discover a mess of dried paint spills, .