"oiled" hardwood floor question

ok, i don't know if this is the right forum for this, but i couldn't find anything that made any more sense, and you all sure seem to know a lot about wood.
i just purchased a home with "oiled" hardwood floors, and i have no idea what to clean/maintain them with. every product i see for hardwood floors specifically says, "not for use on oiled hardwoods" on the label. does anyone have any idea what i should use to clean them?
thanks, -kelly
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wrote:

murphy's oil soap?     Bridger
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unfortunately, no. from their website:
A water-based or water-dilutable cleaner like Murphy® Oil Soap is only recommended for surface finishes. To ensure your floor's beauty, it is always important to know which type of finish has been used. as i understand it, my floors are oiled, which is a "penetrating finish", not a surface finish.
-kelly
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Wash, recoil. Worked for years, probably still does.

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no no no....do not poly on top of the oiled floor..please! Not unless you want the cheap, easy, ugly way out. IMO nothing is nicer than a fine oiled floor, as long as the wood and oil used are of a decent quality. People over here pay top dollar for a nicely oiled floor. Check out this website...www.sutherlandwelles.com. They manufacture all sorts of maintenance products for oiled floors. the beauty of oiled surfaces is the more oil you put on the "deeper" the finish becomes, which is the look people go for when oiling floors. That website will have a lot more info for you. good luck!
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this sounds like a difficult to keep clean floor. have you considered top coating it with a floor varnish?     Bridger
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yes, i think that's what we'll wind up doing the first time it needs to be sanded and refinished. we're hoping to put it off till then, however, since it's a brand new floor.
thanks for the input.
-kelly
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On Thu, 8 Jan 2004 17:33:23 -0800, you wrote:

go look at 'This Old House' type places... or places that do OLD house restorations...
really strange thought is Lehmans, in PA, or Cumberland General Store in TN. they might have the 'oil'
--Shiva--
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