How do you keep your hardwood floors "shiny"?
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    Question How do you keep your hardwood floors "shiny"?

    Mine never have that nice polished, sheen that others have on their floors. I have hardwood in my kitchen, living room, and the halls in between, so it's a good amount and I'd like for them to look nice.

    What do you use?

    Chelle

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    Shiny? Shiny? You mean, my hardwood floors aren't supposed to have dog nail scratches all over them? I'm glad you posted this because I'm going crazy with mine as well. We have them everywhere except the kitchen and foyer and family room. Everywhere else are the hardwood floors that were absolutely beautiful until we moved in with the dog in October.

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    I use pledge wood floor cleaner..
    After I wash it it stays shinny for a coule days but with the kids and a dog it doesn't stay clean for too long...


    Eileen

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    We don't get a large amount of traffic and re did ours 6 mos ago, the ones we had in the apt were done just before we moved in and stayed nice for 3 years. All I have ever done is wash about 1x per month with murphy's oil soap, vacumme, then dust weekly with one of those giant industrial floor dusting mops and if they looked sad I would spray a little furniture polish on the floor and use the dust mop again, it is machine washable so it worked well.
    Dh said you really have to recoat your floor with polyeurathane every few years depending on how many coats were put on last and how much traffic you get.

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    Jersey Girl, how many coats of polyeurathine did you use when you redid your floors? Would you say your floors are extremly high traffic, high traffic, medium traffic or low traffic?

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    I dust them with the cat.

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    LMAO that reminds me of a very rude thing someone said I should do with my teeny little fluffy dog!!!!

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    Christy-we totally stripped ours then did 3 coats of industrial quality (the type they use on gym floors) of waterbourne polyeurathane. The waterbourne was a little more expensive than oilbased, but had almost no smell, was easy to clean up.We are definaetly low traffic, but from what I'm told they would hold up to much higher traffic.

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    Christy-we totally stripped ours then did 3 coats of industrial quality (the type they use on gym floors) of waterbourne polyeurathane.
    Pardon my ignorance , but how does one strip hardwood floors? Is it done by machine or by chemicals or.....?

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    Sand off the old coat(s) and put on new.

    big pain in the butt, we just did this 3-4 mo. ago. Of course you can have it done but for a lot more than you can do it for yourself.

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    Thanks Jerseygirl!

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    We were lucky when we did our floors we had not moved in yet, so it wasn't that hard. We also rented the edger sander to do edges corners and around radiators etc, then I had to scrape under the raqdiators by hand. We did 3 small bedrooms, a hall and dining and a living room all in one weekend. We figured out that it was $1,250 to have it done professionally, with all of the supplies and rentals it cost just less than $300 to do ourselves, so it was well worth it.

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    Im not educated on hardwood floors so forgive me if this is wrong. But on my tile I use like a mop n glo product thats a wax. I make sure to throughly clean it first as I dont want to trap "in" the dirt to be seen until I strip it. I would assume theres a wood type wax for this purpose?
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    I had tried a similiar product on the floors in our apt which were stained dark and you could see a very obvious film, looked almost like an oilslick on the floor. Might not be so obvious on lighter floors.

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    Not sure If I can help you Chelle but I use the Pergo cleaning spray.We have pergo floors in the kitchen and hallway (and soon in the living room) I'm sure there's a diff in the type of hardwood floors.I don't think mine is really what some would call "Hardwood floors".I have heard alot of people using the Murphy's oil.
    Have you tried that?

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