Duraseal is still around, great stuff!
They make an excellent penetrating oil also, which is the brand I used
on my last house, initially for the first two coats, then switched to
Waterlox for the last coat and subsequent touch ups.
Clean a wooden floor with Murphy's Oil soap, following the
manufacturer's directions. If an area won't clean well, you could try
a rag dampened with mineral spirits (be careful how to dispose the
rag). I would rinse the floor well, being careful not to allow the
floor to remain wet for too long. Water can damage wood if the wood
is damp for too long. If the rinse water is soapy, rinse again.
There is a product called BriWax that comes in various colors--it will
cover light scratches, clean, and wax in one step, but I would still
clean the floor first using an oil soap. As an alternative to the
BriWax, you could use the proper color of shoe polish to hide the
scratches, then follow up with Johnson's Paste Wax (or Butcher's Wax),
and buff with an old clean terry cotton towel. An electric
auto-polisher fitted with a terry bonnet may get the luster you want.
Hi, I would say you need to refinish your floor. There's a possibility
you could stain your floor, so as to disquise or blend the marks with
color. You would have to test a closet or area that's not too visible,
but, certainly the outcome would have a rustic appearance.
Never, I mean never, use Murphys' on any floor. You will
either discolor or damage the finish if you still have one. We do not
use any solvents, turpentine, or vinegar(acid), any longer to clean
hardwood floors. If you do, you had better rinse it and wipe it up
immediately. Water too, is not hardwood floor friendly. The best
hardwood cleaner available is made by Bona Kemi. It is inexpensive and
will not damage your floor. Remember that hardwood floors add direct
value to your home, unlike carpet or many other floorcoverings. Also,
flooring is one of the largest investments for your home.
We have a similar floor in our house, about 40 years old and in need of
refinishing, but that's not very likely. Ours is very dull and scratched,
but when I want it to brighten it up I use Wood Preen (made by Kiwi Brands
Inc out of Pennsylvania), which is a wood cleaner/protector/wax. I think the
product has been around for a very long time, but it is still available (if
you can't find it, let me know!). It has color in it, so it might blend the
light and dark areas of the floor and give them some luster. It takes some
elbow grease, though. Basically you apply it with a mop or soft cloth to
small areas at a time, rub it in, then buff with a clean cloth or a floor
buffer. Both my Mom and my Mom-in-law had floor buffers in their basements
from the 1950s; they look like a small upright vacuum only they have
removable round brushes and "polishing pads" on the bottom. That has worked
fairly well for getting some shine to the floors following the Wood Preen
application. If you can't find a buffer, you can just use a cloth and elbow
I found Murphy's, etc. to make them dull but clean. Someone else suggested
bowling alley wax but I would think that would make them slippery.
I also recently tried "Brite" floor cleaner and that cleaned them well and
seemed to give them a nice shine (it is what I use on my linoleum, too). But
it did make them slippery and the luster didn't last very long. Be careful
that you don't get drops or spray when you squirt it, because it shows up
when you are done if it is not on there evenly.
Hope it works. If you find another good solution, let me know!
One more bit of information about the Wood Preen. It comes in light, medium
and dark colors, I think. It also contains naptha (like mineral spirits) as
well as a wax so it might get rid of buildup from previous applications. Our
parents didn't sand and refinish their floors. They cleaned and waxed them.
a few coats of a darker coloured varnish like a mahogany will even it out
and hide some discolourations and make it shine but when the day comes to
refinish then it's more work to get off...unless you're selling, that's what
my floor was like when I bought this place. Under the dark varnish was very
light parquet with stains.
Thank you so much for the great advice you provided, Gary. I've printed every
message you posted to this thread. An oiled floor would go much better with the
style and character of our house than a surface finished floor. Many of my
like the "rustic" look of this floor, discolorations and all, and have been
telling me to leave it alone but I will go ahead and follow your advice. I like
the feel and appearance of oiled floors and am sure they fair better in dry
weather conditions. Thanks again.
Also, many thanks to Holly, William Brown and Phisherman.
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