Seasonal Tips for Old Hardwood Floor Care
I hope y’all had an amazing Thanksgiving with your families and friends! I know we did 🙂 I, like so many, love this ‘most wonderful time of year’ and I was SO looking forward to sharing our Thanksgiving/Fall holiday table with you, but sadly it just didn’t work out as our kitchen was still under construction. The operative word in that sentence being ‘was’, meaning last week it was under construction and this week it’s not…aka we’re finally done with the kitchen remodel people!! You may not grasp the significance of this situation but we’ve been working on the kitchen almost every weekend since June 11th. I am dying to start giving details of the DIY project to rule them all lol, and our holiday house tour, but first I thought I’d share a tips and tricks in taking care of our old house and small ways I get it ready for winter and to host our next holiday party.
Our home is old, this is no secret. One of my absolute favorite things about our house it the original wood floors, which are found almost throughout it. With old floors come some care challenges as there are definitely perfect imperfections involved 🙂 However, I’ve learned through research, trial and error, and my very knowledgeable hairdresser, thanks Sandy 😉 some tips to revamp an old floor and protect it as well. The three products below are the ones I rely on to care for our old wood floors.
Our wood floor is exactly as it was when we bought it. I’ve thought about refinishing it but honestly I kind of love it the way it is. Like much of the rest of the house it did need some care to get it looking beautiful again and it can be difficult knowing what products to use, how often to use them etc. Here is what I have found works wonders for ours. I mop all of our floors weekly or as needed with our Shark steam mop and I love this thing lol. It does an awesome job of cleaning and has a reusable pad. Then about every 3-4 weeks I mop our hardwood with a regular mop and bucket with Murphy Oil Soap. I gives the wood back it’s luster and helps protect it too.
The next two products I typically use twice per year; now and again in late Spring. Before applying either product I move any furniture or floor coverings and make sure the floor is clean.
The Old English Scratch Cover is a life saver, especially on aged wood that has seen some wear and tear. It comes in dark and light tones to match your existing color, we use the light.
I simply take an old cloth and go around looking for any scratches or imperfections and wipe it on and then wipe off any excess. After filling in any scratches or blemishes I can find, and letting it dry properly, I use the next amazing product!
Orange GLO Hardwood Floor Refinisher brings my floors back to life! It is seriously wonderful! Check out the pictures below and see for yourself!
I apply this with a cheap Swiffer style mop with disposable pads. You squeeze out the Orange GLO product directly onto the floor and then mop it, going with the natural wood grain, working in an even coat, and covering a 4 foot section at a time. Once done it takes 2 hours to completely dry. It is WELL worth the effort and time. It gives the wood a protective layer that adds shine. My floors look like new again. It does say that you can apply a second coat after it’s dry, which I tried once but it was too shiny for my taste so I just stick to one coat.
I know the winter months are hard on our floors and I want to do what I can to keep them protected and looking awesome, especially when hosting holiday get-togethers 🙂 I hope you find some of these seasonal tips for old hardwood floor helpful! If you have any questions just ask! Be sure and check back in as we begin sharing our kitchen remodel within the next couple of weeks!