Is there anything more elegant than hardwood floors? Many people love the look of hardwood floors, but over time they can become worn and dirty. If you’re thinking about restoring your old hardwood floors, then this blog post is for you! We’re going to go over how to restore hardwood floors in just a few steps. You’ll need some supplies like water or ammonia based cleaner, Murphy’s oil soap (for Hardwood Floors), scrub brush, microfiber cloths. Let’s get started!
It is very different than refinishing. No heavy equipment, sanding pads, finish coats or specialty tools,
But, it is not going to produce a pristine hardwood. Depending on the hardwood condition, it could do wonders.
If the condition of your hardwood is in poor shape, there are other options to consider.
But we are here to talk about restoring hardwood floors.
Sweep or vacuum the hardwood to get any grit or dirt removed.
Generally edges and around vent registers become traps for dirt and grime. Clean these areas really good with the ammonia based cleaner and a scrub brush. You can use a toothbrush or cotton swab for the dirty corners.
Clean the entire floor with ammonia based cleaner
Lightly use Murphy’s Oil Soap over the whole floor.
Let dry for 12 hrs.
This is for sure a less expensive way to bring back some of the luster, that once was.
There you have it how to restore hardwood floors. It is a bit of work but the results are well worth it. You may need to repeat steps again depending on how dirty your floor was and if you want them restored perfectly, not all floors turn out perfect with this method so do some test areas before going for broke! Remember that most restoration companies use sanders or steam cleaners which will damage your wood more then its already been damaged from dirt and grime over time thus having to be redone in less than five years when normally 35-40 years should be expected from properly cared for hardwood floors. Sanding also brings up original color of the wood while restoring doesn’t always bring back an exact match making old restorations very difficult to match.
Its very easy to do yourself, but if you are not comfortable doing this on your own then find a professional restoration company in your area. A word of caution though they can be pricey especially when the damage is extensive due to neglect or improper care over time! Check out my site for more information on restoring hardwood floors at Kennedy Kitchens and Baths. I also have lots of tips and tricks so check them all out today!
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