I have a home (~1942) that has a rather large swath of oak flooring. This
floor looks like it has never really been cared for. The finish seems
relatively intact, probably because it's been hidden under carpet for
decades. I don't think the finish is wax as water doesn't turn it white.
Scraping lightly in a corner causes the finish to flake off and the home
is too old for it to be poly (I doubt the floor has ever been refinished).
So I'm guessing the finish is varnish or shellac.
The floor is kinda grungy and dull, so what should I use to:
1) Clean it really well.
2) Spiff it up a bit.
3) Protect it.
I was thinking of putting down and buffing a coat of Johnson's Paste
Wax after cleaning, but since it isn't a wax finish, I guess that's
not a good idea? I've seen lots of people recommend vinegar for cleaning,
but I think this floor could use something with a bit more oomph. I'd
really like to get it *clean*
We'll be refinishing it completely in a few years, but I'd like to do
something with it before then.
Thanks for your time,
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