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Old 02-07-09, 10:41 AM
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What's best for cleaning hardwood floors?

I've tried a bunch of different products, almost all leave the floors dull and streaky.
I need a good way to clean them.
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Old 02-07-09, 10:44 AM
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Murphy's wood oil soap.
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Hot water + your favorite cleaning product kicks some ass on hard wood floors.
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Originally Posted by Falkon View Post
Murphy's wood oil soap.
+1 I use it for most everything wood, furniture, cabinets.
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Old 02-07-09, 11:38 AM
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Windex is the answer....I wet mop with hot water and maybe 20% windex mix then I hand towel dry. The floors look amazing and 0 streaking or hazing...
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I'm assuming that you mean traditional wood floors, not laminated or sealed. I'd say Murphy's is the best, Cat pee, on the other hand.... (good for staining maple, though- ask me how I know )
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Yours are coated with polyurethane?


Mine have OSMO hardwax oil. What I'll be doing today is use a broom to get the bigger stuff up first, and then a barely damp mopping to pick up dust and clean the soiled areas. If I can't get all the soiled areas with damp mop, I can use a sponge and dishsoap (like ecover or seventh generation brands) with a little elbow grease.
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Originally Posted by FlowerBlossom View Post
Yours are coated with polyurethane?


Mine have OSMO hardwax oil. What I'll be doing today is use a broom to get the bigger stuff up first, and then a barely damp mopping to pick up dust and clean the soiled areas. If I can't get all the soiled areas with damp mop, I can use a sponge and dishsoap (like ecover or seventh generation brands) with a little elbow grease.
I was thinking of doing the whole floor, but if you're just cleaning up a spill or something, Pledge on a paper towel is quick.
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pledge and polish them once a week,
we used to live in a house with hardwoord floors

i second a maid or kids
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pledge and polish them once a week,
we used to live in a house with hardwoord floors

i second a maid or kids
Wouldn't a spray wax make the floors dangerously slippery?
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Originally Posted by MillCreek View Post
Wouldn't a spray wax make the floors dangerously slippery?
that's just part of the full employment act for orthopedic doctors

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Wouldn't a spray wax make the floors dangerously slippery?
it was a two story house. I fell down the stairs lots of time, thats why stairs usually have a landing or a turn in them.
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What's on the wood floors? If they're traditional, car wax can be good stuff. If you have a factory finish on them, there are a number of products you can use. I'm not a fan of Murphys. It will pick up dirt, but it also leaves behind an oily residue unless you rinse sell.
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Murphy's is great but yes... one must rinse the floors well.
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Originally Posted by c0urt View Post
it was a two story house. I fell down the stairs lots of time, thats why stairs usually have a landing or a turn in them.
Actually, staircases have turns - hence the landings - to save floorspace.

The only code requirements on stairs are the obvious; tread-riser ratio, handrail height and distance between ballusters.

edit: Almost forgot handrail width and distance from the wall, as well as overall tread width. Another consideration is distance to a head knocker.

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Originally Posted by waikikihei View Post
Actually, staircases have turns - hence the landings - to save floorspace.

The only code requirements on stairs are the obvious; tread-riser ratio, handrail height and distance between ballusters.
take a header down the steps a few times, and code or for space matters much less
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I either use a light mix of Murphys or a very light mix of Pine Sol.
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