Diy wood floor treatment, woodworking projects for wife - With Secrets

Categories: Woodworking Plans Dresser | Author: admin 30.12.2012

For those of you with wood floors that could use a little pick-me-up polishing, it’s easier than you think to do-it-yourself. We would suggest equal parts of vinegar + water + alcohol with a dash of natural dish soap (add essential oils to cover vinegar scent) without the olive oil for your laminate floor (Becca may have some additional input for you).
Becca, you may be correct that vinegar will help keep olive from turning rancid in the wood. The method of using olive oil, white vinegar, and hot water to clean wood floors has been passed down my family for 3 generations now. If you do use a rag and the on-your-hands-and-knees method, be sure to wipe in a circular motion across the floor. Of course, the color of the paneled walls is very distracting and detracts from the beautiful floors, so I want to paint those ASAP.
On the other hand, if you want really light-colored floors, you’ll almost certainly have to use a water-based finish. Waterlox would be more comparable to a polyurethane, in that both Waterlox and polyurethane are used as a clear finish to protect wood.

Waterlox actually makes a cleaner that you can use to mop the floor, but just plain vinegar and water will work also. And don’t forget to check out my other post where I shared a few specific details and tips regarding sanding the floors. I didn’t fill any nail holes because one person who comments on a previous post said she liked the look of the nail holes on her floor, and regretted having her hubby fill most of the nail holes. The combination of anti-bacterial white vinegar with wood preserving olive oil will work wonders on your precious flooring. You should also be sure to smooth the mixture evenly across your floors and wipe away any excess before covering with a rug or furniture. I was beginning to think that this hardwood floor refinishing project would never be complete, like I was caught in some Groundhog Day-type loop of never ending sanding. The color you see is the natural color that the wood turns when you apply an oil-based finish.
In fact, the day before I applied the first coat of Waterlox, I actually wiped down then entire floor with mineral spirits, and they turned almost exactly that color with just mineral spirits.

The difference is that polyurethane is literally a plastic coating that sits on top of the wood.
Add in some essential oil (I enjoy the refreshing scent of lemon) and your floors will smell as good as they look. So wiping mineral spirits onto wood is actually a very good way to see what color it’ll turn once an oil-based finish is applied, so you can determine of you want or need to use stain or not.
Waterlox is a tung oil-based finish that actually penetrates into the wood, much like the oil finishes (tung oil, linseed oil, etc.) that have been used to protect wood for over 200 years. You’ll want to make sure you spread the mixture nice and thin and leave time for the wood to dry thoroughly.
If the floor is too slick after polishing, wipe with a dry cloth to soak up any remaining oil.

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