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post #21 of 25
we've got gorgeous old oak hardwoods, that take a lot of abuse from 4 little children stomping around constantly, LOL! I sweep often (usually once a day, never less than every other day) and then clean them with a swiffer mop (covered with a homemade cotton pad) and a mix of half olive oil, half vinegar (usually with a few drops of essential oil thrown in, to make it smell nicer) I put that in a spray bottle and shake very, very well. wet and wring out the cotton pad, spray the floor (just a small spot at a time, maybe 3 x 3) and them mop, rubbing the spray in well. It conditions the wood beautifully.
post #22 of 25

This is great information!!!

We just refinished all the floors in our new house. It was professionally done and has 3 coats of oil base poly over the stain. They turned out beautifully and I don't want ruin them. My grandma's go-to cleaner was Murphy's Oil Soap ... can I use that or will it cause build up?
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Originally Posted by Knittin' in the Shade View Post
we've got gorgeous old oak hardwoods, that take a lot of abuse from 4 little children stomping around constantly, LOL! I sweep often (usually once a day, never less than every other day) and then clean them with a swiffer mop (covered with a homemade cotton pad) and a mix of half olive oil, half vinegar (usually with a few drops of essential oil thrown in, to make it smell nicer) I put that in a spray bottle and shake very, very well. wet and wring out the cotton pad, spray the floor (just a small spot at a time, maybe 3 x 3) and them mop, rubbing the spray in well. It conditions the wood beautifully.
thank you for this! we too have very old (75 years old) fabulous wood floors that at one time were sealed and now have worn down, especially in the major traffic areas.....we hope to refinish them someday, but almost our entire first floor is continuous wood so it will be a major ordeal to do!

i usually use my swiffer wet jet with no issues, and while it cleans very well, it doesn't condition the wood at all so i will definitely be trying this!
post #24 of 25
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We just refinished all the floors in our new house. It was professionally done and has 3 coats of oil base poly over the stain. They turned out beautifully and I don't want ruin them. My grandma's go-to cleaner was Murphy's Oil Soap ... can I use that or will it cause build up?
The guys that installed our wood flooring said to NEVER use MOS, that it destroys the finish.

It also makes finished wood very, very slippery.
post #25 of 25

wood floors

I use some all purpose cleaner with hot water. I pour in the Lysol all purpose cleaner in a sink full of water. I sweep and vacuum everyday. I only mop once a week. MOS will cause build up over time.
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