DIY Guide: Keeping hardwood gorgeous without all the effort! (Part 2)
Welcome to the second part of my personal endeavor to restore some of the like new beauty and shine of my hardwood floors. In the first part (click here to view part 1) of this tale I told you about how I had two types of wood that I wanted to learn how to perform maintenance by myself, one being an engineered wood floor and the other solid natural hardwood. After some research I decided to start with the solid hardwood as my first project. Then I discussed my research of what process to use, and made my decision. Like most frugal consumers, it was based on what could not only save me the most money but also the most time. In the end I decided to try out a SC Johnson product that claimed it could restore floors to look like they had been professionally buffed with a one step, no buff required process. It sounded too good to be true, but since I could do it for less than $10 I decided what the heck lets give it a go!
Now the first thing you want to remember when trying out a flooring product you are unsure about, is that you can always start small and test it on a limited area of the floor space.
Once you have seen the results, then you can decide what to do next and if things did turn out poorly, at least you do not have a disaster on your hands! This is exactly what I chose to do in my project and should always be the standard procedure when working with hardwood flooring that can easily have it’s finish damaged.
Now as I discussed in the first part of this journal of my undertaking, I opted to save money and time by experimenting with a product that made bold claims. The product was no problem to apply, just poor a small amount on the floor and then rub in with soft cloth and always go with the grain of the wood. Once the floor looks wet from the solution being spread out over the hardwood surface, just wait 20 min and let it dry. Sounds too simple to work right? Well lets see how it turned out!
The test area after 20 minutes looked good and the floor was not slick as I expected but actually dry, but still shining as it had been when wet 20 minutes before. Pleased with my results, I decided to go ahead and polish the rest of the natural solid hardwood floors in the room.
After applying the one step, no buff solution to the rest of the room and waiting 20 minutes, I had an impressive shine on my hardwood floors once again. Sometimes going with a long shot works apparently, and you can imagine how pleased I was at not having to rent buffing equipment or spend hours on my hands and knees.
The difference was truly astounding just have a look for yourself!
It is easy to see the difference and the beautiful satin shine that painless application process added to my solid hardwood floors.
Though it did not help the scratches much, (one of the reasons most people say to use an electric buffer) but most of my research was telling me that buffing only helped with scratches on the finish and anything deeper than that requires stripping, sanding, and refinishing jobs. That sounds like something I would leave to the professionals, but as for something quick and simple that anyone can do, I would highly recommend this one step, no buff, wax/polish substitute from SC Johnson.