You may have moved into an old house and have the itch to restore your old floors. Maybe you have been living in the same house for a long time and finally decided to remove the old carpet to find old hardwood floors that haven't been exposed in decades! Whatever your case may be, a lot of homeowners do not know when to restore an old floor or pull out an old floor and replace it with a new one. Besides, nowadays with the popularity of prefinished floors, not everyone knows how long a quality wood floor should last with average traffic. Your well maintained hardwood floor should probably last you one hundred years. In contrast, your typical prefinished floor with average wear will last significantly less than your hardwood floor. It is dependant on the type of floor, how well it is treated, and so forth. For those of you who don't know, both engineered and bamboo floors fit in this category of floors that have a substantially shorter life as compared to a hardwood floor. Even though bamboo is extremely popular today, these floors are notorious for being prone to some serious scratches quite easily - no matter what the floor manufacturer promises you about the bowling ball finish.
Search Add New Question If I have been using diluted vinegar with peppermint oil for cleaning, but recently haven't been able to remove the bare footprints from my floors, should I make a stronger vinegar solution? wikiHow Contributor You could try mild soap and water for just the footprints and then go back over with the vinegar/water. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 12 Can I use a steam mop on hardwood floors? wikiHow Contributor Yes, it is the best for this purpose. However, it needs to be steam, not wet. Also ensure that it dries quickly. Obviously, do not leave wet or the floor will warp. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 18 Helpful 22 I have old hardwood floors that actually need to be replaced, but I can't afford to do it at this time. Should I just clean them really well? wikiHow Contributor If you are going to replace them eventually, you may try painting them, even creating a pattern of blocks of paint like floor tiles. Many decorating books and magazines show this process sometimes. It would be a fun look and help you delay getting the floors replaced. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 5 How should I maintain old hardwood floors with a varnish finish? wikiHow Contributor Put a little mineral spirits on a white rag and rub it on the floor. Allow a couple drops of water to sit on the floor, then rub the spot on the floor with sandpaper. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 11 Helpful 10 How can I remove sticky back plastic from laminate flooring? wikiHow Contributor Use a produce called "Goo Gone." It dissolves the sticky back. You might need to leave it on for a 20-30 seconds to let it soak into the sticky back. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 1
If you live in an old house, there might be something very unique and special about your wood floors. Some wood floors are rare nowadays. There are several species of trees that are now protected and cannot be used for lumber any more. Further, most trees that are used for wood floors today are fast growing and fast to be cut down. Many species of trees don't grow for as long as they would have historically before they are cut down. For example, you don't see a wide plank pine floor very often. Wide plank floors are almost always more than 100 years old. Similarly, you don't see a lot of old growth pine any more in forests or on tree farms for that matter. Stylistically, tastes change. It is pretty uncommon to see an ornate herringbone floor. In current times, these classic floors add tremendous value to a home because of the rareness and beauty. No matter what the case may be, old hardwood floors are almost always worth the work to restore them.
These seem like some pretty good tips to take care of your hardwood floors. I wish that I knew a few of these tips sooner. My old hardwood floor is practically destroyed, so I have to install a new wooden floor. I didn’t realize that dirt and grit can cause serious damage to your floors. That would be one reason why my floors aren’t in tip top shape anymore. I also use water to clean my wood floors, so I suppose I should find a wood floor cleaning solution once I get my new floor installed. Thanks for the tips!
Deanna R. Jones These seem like some pretty good tips to take care of your hardwood floors. I wish that I knew a few of these tips sooner. My old hardwood floor is practically destroyed, so I have to install a new wooden floor. I didn’t realize that dirt and grit can cause serious damage to your floors. That would be one reason why my floors aren’t in tip top shape anymore. I also use water to clean my wood floors, so I suppose I should find a wood floor cleaning solution once I get my new floor installed. Thanks for the tips! Reply January 22, 2015
Deanna R. Jones These seem like some pretty good tips to take care of your hardwood floors. I wish that I knew a few of these tips sooner. My old hardwood floor is practically destroyed, so I have to install a new wooden floor. I didn’t realize that dirt and grit can cause serious damage to your floors. That would be one reason why my floors aren’t in tip top shape anymore. I also use water to clean my wood floors, so I suppose I should find a wood floor cleaning solution once I get my new floor installed. Thanks for the tips!
Restoring old wood floors brings back their natural beauty and shine. If you live in an old home, wood floors are a classic touch. A perfect way to add some freshness to your home is to restore your old wood floors. It can dramatically change a room and give it an updated look. For example, you may have a really dark and worn-out stain on your floors. You can remove it and replace it with a light stain. The simple replacement of a lighter stain will add some brightness to a once dark room. At the same time, you may even want to go a step further and lighten your walls to add to the overall brightness of the room.
Cleaning something as valuable as hardwood can be intimidating, especially if you aren’t sure what the finish is. To clean your hardwood floor without damaging the finish, follow these steps. Patience and a little elbow grease are all you'll need to get nice, clean floors.
Ugh…please do not use Murphy’s Oil Soap on newer hardwoods…talk about residue and film. My MIL used it on our floors a couple of times when we weren’t home and holy residue, Batman. After a while, I had to get down on the floors with a slightly damp rag and some vinegar and scrub every.single.board.in.the.whole.house. Now, I use a steam mop to keep them clean and then use the Bona every once in a while to make them shinier. Murphy’s is great for some uses, but please not the floors!!! Sherry – let us know how you do wearing socks on the high gloss…do you notice a difference in them being more slippery? I have two young kids and when they wear socks, they usually take a dive on our floors every few days…so, adding some extra slickness to the equation would not be good right now! ;)
Immediately wipe up any wet spills on hardwood floors. No matter what your finish, you should never leave moisture to sit around on hardwood floors. It can damage the seal and the wood permanently if you're not careful. Wipe it up with a damp cloth, then dry the surface completely.
Tips Ask a flooring specialist if your hardwood requires waxing or buffing. These procedures keep your floors radiant and shiny, though they will also become somewhat slippery for a few days after. Always buff in a circular motion starting in one corner of the room, working your way toward the exit. The same applies to waxing; after finishing the treatment, avoid walking on the floor for at least thirty minutes to one hour. When guests are coming, put down carpet runners over the flooring in the most traveled areas. These elegant rugs are both stylish and functional, sparing the floors the trauma of high heels and heavy shoes that could leave dents. If you would prefer to not use runners, consider at least installing a floor mat near the exterior entrances. These will catch most of the dirt that visitors might track in, making the party a bit easier on your home. If you do happen to notice a scratch in your floor, do not panic. Pick up a wood repair kit that matches your hardwood from your local hardware store as well as some floor wax. Using the kit, paint very carefully over the scratch along the grain of the wood. Allow the paint to dry before applying wax with a paintbrush until it matches the smoothness of the surrounding floorboards.