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Cleaning Tips for Old Houses

Wood Ceilings and Floors

This treatment works for both wood ceilings and floors. However, ensure that safety practices are implemented when working with the ceiling. Add 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water. Using a white, nylon-backed scrub sponge, work in small areas at a time, applying the solution to the ceiling or floor and scrubbing thoroughly to remove all dirt and grime. Do not get the wood too wet as it may cause damage. Allow the cleaned areas to air dry.


Scrub the walls gently with a white, nylon-backed scrub brush, using a neutral cleaning solution. Avoid abrasive scrubbers or cleaners as they may damage the surface of the walls. Work in small areas and promptly dry excess water off the walls with a lint-free cloth to prevent damage.

Wooden Cabinets

Clean the wooden cabinets with dish soap and water using a soft sponge. Dry the cabinets with a terrycloth towel. Clean the entire cabinet with an oil soap solution, buffing the cabinets to a sheen when finished. Don't apply polish to the cabinets as the oil soap leaves a slight shine.

Showers and Baths

Wet the walls of the shower or bath. Combine alkaline soap scum remover (available at janitorial supply stores) or automatic dishwasher detergent with a gallon of warm water. Pour the solution over all of the surfaces of the shower, and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Use a white, nylon-backed scrub sponge to scrub the tub. Rinse with clean water. If needed, repeat the process.

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