(Closed) Cleaning Hardwood Floors

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We use Murphy’s Oil Soap for our oak floors and it seems to work well. Makes them shiny with no build up. Hope this helps!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

To get out scratches you may need a sander.  My floors are scratched pretty bad from the previous owners and no topical treatment will ever do anything for them.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Nothing will remove the scratches except refinishing the floor and that’s pricey. For Cleaning, I use Murphy’s oil soap once a month makes them shiny. for in between cleanings We use swifter wet jet, they make a solution for hardwood. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sounds strange, but I hear you can rub walnuts on the hardwood to remove scratches (google it). I guess the oil from the nut helps restore and camoflage scratches.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Only refinishing will get out the scratches.

To clean ours, I have a bottle of undiluted Murphy’s Oil Soap and I dilute it in water in a bottle I bought for it. I can’t remember the ratio, I think it says how to dilute on the Murphy’s, I have it written on the bottle I have, too. I do that about once a week. In between I use a large hardwood microfiber mop cover cloth to dust up and for any messes, I use Zep Enforcer Hardwood and Laminate floor cleaner (I don’t suggest that for all-over cleaning at ALL, only for spills and such – using it all over you’ll end up with a streaky floor and needing to get the Murphy’s out) and a microfiber cloth followed by a quick dry-dust over with a clean microfiber hardwood floor mop. I have 5 microfiber covers for our hardwood mop so I always have a clean one on hand to start with. I just wash them with our rags a couple of times a week.

My dad who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder teases me over being obsessive about our hardwood floors. He doesn’t even get so nutty over the ones at my parents’ house. 😛 The cleaners I use, mainly the Zep is stolen from his line-up. The man is picky about cleaners and if it gets his seal of approval, I’m on it.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

are they stained a darker color? if the scratch disrupts the color of the stain you can use furniture touch-up markers to make the mark less visible.

just draw over the mark, then wipe off the excess with a clean damp rag.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

As for the scratches, I agree with the furniture touch up markers.

For cleaning, I highly reccommend this stuff: http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/quick-shine-floor-finish/ID=prod2402572-product?SL_ClientGroup=1

There are two different versions. The blue one will strip the old cleaners off and the green one will make those floor shine like you wouldn’t believe! It smells pretty bad but the smell doesn’t linger terribly long in my opinion. I usually use 2-3 coats.

It’s for floors but I’ve used it on just about everything…tile, my cabinets, even my kitchen table!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Another Murphy’s Oil user here. They make our hardwood floors look great!

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