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vulcan1

10:09AM | 12/28/03
Member Since: 12/27/03
5 lifetime posts
I have Georgia Pine Flooring installed in 1939. Problem is that nobody can tell me how to care for it (ive tried every commercial product and even a few home baked ones) Only product that has worked is Old English Oil. Doesnt seem to have a poly finish. Appears to be oil stained only! Was that common at that time.

Lawrence

11:36AM | 12/28/03
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Your best bet (consistent with the way wood floors have been maintained for centuries) is to wax the floor. No-wax cleaners and damp mopping only became the norm when polyurethane and other new wood floor finishes became widespread.

The best care would be to swap your vacuum as your floor appliance for a home floor buffer, and buff it with a no-water wax solution. An affordable home floor buffer is available for $119 at this link: http://www.thevacuumcenter.com/koblenz-p620.shtml . Many commercial floor wax vendors can be found by typing "floor wax wood" into a google search.

For less intense options, SC Johnson makes a paste wax for wood that comes in a stubby can: the can looks like a car wax can. I have read rave reviews of it, although I have not used it, myself.

SC Johnson also makes a product called One Step No-Buff Wax, which some grocery stores carry here in Austin.

[This message has been edited by Lawrence (edited December 28, 2003).]

vulcan1

01:58PM | 12/28/03
Member Since: 12/27/03
5 lifetime posts
Thanks for the info. Before i try a wax, i should mention its a floating floor. Any concerns about buildup in the cracks?


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