I have old, unfinished hardwood floors in one section of my house. I
don't have the time (or know how) to finish them permenently so I was
wondering if there was something I could "mop" on the floors to make
them look a little nicer. Will a Murphey's Oil Soap or something like
If you are asking why I don't just finish them...I have friends coming
in from out of town next week and don't have time to finish them myself
or hire anyone.
You can mop on a sanding sealer. It's usually the first step in
refinishing after the floor has been sanded. I think it would be
preferable to oil soap if you're going to be sanding and refinishing
I suggest you not use a wax or a polish. The sanding sealer sounded
like a good idea.
If you use a wax of polish, you are going to have problems when it comes
to to finish the floors as you will need to remove that stuff before
applying a real finish and after putting it on bare wood that is not going
to be easy.
Almost anything you put on there runs the risk of preventing adhesion of the
varnish, once you *do* have them permanently finished. The floor polish
suggested by another poster is a particularly bad idea, as many polishes
contain silicone, which is almost guaranteed to cause problems with applying a
One thing that *won't* cause problems with later use of *oil*-based varnish is
plain old Johnson's Paste Wax.
I think your best bet is to leave it alone until you can get a professional
floor refinishing company in there.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Here's the inexpensive fix that promises not to compromise any future plans for
Tell your friends "look at these wonderful old hardwood floors! Once I get a
chance, I plan to...."
Or are these "friends" really your mother in law? ;-)
Pour used transmission fuild (the red type) on and wipe off the excess.
After sanding it gives a great redwood finish and will look great till then.
It is the secret that most floor layers and carpenters charge thousands for
and would hate to see this trade secret leaked. Completely non toxic and
(if used) free for the taking at any tranny shop.
Now watch the nervous professionals post away!
Remove the obvious to reply. Experienced and reliable
Concrete Finishing and Synthetic Stucco application in the GTA.
If the floors are sanded and ready for a finish you could just mop on some
water based poly for floors. It dries in about an hour, noes not smell and
is very easy to apply. You apply it with a mop. (lambswool applicator
You could do the first coat then sand lightly after your friends leave. Took
me less than 1 hour to apply to 500 sq feet IIRC.
I have been racking my brain for the brand product I used. I bought it from
a company that rented me my sander. Weldwood sticks in my head but I'm
pretty sure that's not correct, weldwood is a glue.
Varithane is one brand, Home cheapo has their own brand and a google search
will turn up many more.
Do this google search for some options...
Ahh, while looking some more I remembered, I used something called Fabulon
at my old house. Worked great for me. YMMV (Your mileage may vary). I
couldn't find too much about Fabulon on the web. Could now be called
Duraseal? Not too sure. I would think any of the quick dry, mop down
urethanes would be your best solution given your circumstances.
DO NOT use oil soap or anything like that.
Actually, even if they have NOT been sanded yet, I think I would still just
mop some water based poly on. Its better than nothing and will come up when
you do sand.
Good luck, let us know what you do!
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