How I shined my wood floors for around $6 with a product on the market not recommended for what I did. My engineered wood floors have not held up in the 8 years since we installed them; and my hardwood floors are a hot mess from the previous owners attempts at refinishing them- badly. I do not have it in the budget to refinish the hardwood floors and the engineered floor in the kitchen was a bad choice I cannot replace.
I have seen a lot of cleaning hacks, tips, and tricks. I have tried a few on my wood floors and nothing worked to shine them again. So I am sharing how I shined my wood floors for $6 because if your floors are as bad as mine, you have nothing to lose but $6.
So I bit the bullet and bought Holloway House Quick Shine Floor Finish at Home Depot. It does not recommend engineered wood floors but mine are in such bad shape I figured what could possibly happen. Yes I was nervous but not for the reason you think- I was worried how I was going to keep 3 cats and 2 dogs off the floor until it dries. Let’s just say that paw prints happened and since I caught them before the Floor Finish was completely dry I was able to ‘mop’ them away.
I shined my engineered wood floors in the kitchen with 2 coats. I can still see the scratches and the damage but the shine is incredible! If the dog dribbles water out of her mouth now the water beads up on the floor. Walking into the kitchen with shiny floors makes me happy. I am going to go back and do a 3rd coat and test what cleaning product to use to keep the shine.
But this is not all. This product is not recommened for badly damaged wood floors either. There again my floors are in bad shape in areas from the previous owners so I am out nothing if the product causes some sort of damage. Not sure what possible damage it could have caused but I am now going to take the time to do all my hardwood floors with 3 coats. I wish I would have taken a picture of the hardwood floor in my office where my chair had worn off the polyurethane and I used the Quick Shine-WOW- that is all I can say.
I am not suggesting you go against the manufacturer’s warning. I am just telling you my experience and my success making my floors shine with a $6 product. One day I will have to refinish the floors but for now I am quite happy squirting and mopping with this product.
I used my microfiber mop heads from Libman Freedom spray mop and found out that the mop needs to be damp not wet! I made the mistake to wet it and wring out by hand and that was a mess. So I washed the microfiber mop head in the washer to start again and found that this worked the best- the damp from the washer consistency. I made sure the floors were vacuumed, mopped, and dried (and applied 2 coats about an hour apart).
I am going to highly suggest to wash the microfiber mop head after you are done using this product. I made the mistake of letting the product dry and then tried to wash the mop head which meant my microfiber mop head is slightly hard and barely usable.
If you have dull, lifeless, damaged wood floors then I would recommend trying this product. This is from my experience and in no way was I compensated for this post. I just want to share with you tips and tricks that I have found that work for me and my family (with a tight budget).
Thanks for stopping by and let me know if it works for you.
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