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Making Old Floors Look Good Until You Can Afford New Ones!

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I'd Love to have new hardwood floors, but since that's not even close to being an option yet, here's a little tip to make them look clean and at the very least livable. Hope this helps at least one person be a little happier until they can get new floors too! :D
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They're sooo sad looking, makes me want to cry! Before washing and "Glo-ing".
  • making old floors look good until you can afford new ones, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, home maintenance repairs
Dining room floor after washing and 2 coats of mop n glo. Not perfect, but at least they don't look like the floors of an old dilapidated bunk house.
  • making old floors look good until you can afford new ones, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, home maintenance repairs
Washed all the floors with clorox and hot hot water. Living with all men who wear size 12 and 13 work boots did some major damage this winter. Then I took just regular (in the blue bottle) Mop n Glo and mopped the whole thing. Here's the first coat going on.
  • making old floors look good until you can afford new ones, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, home maintenance repairs
  • making old floors look good until you can afford new ones, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, home maintenance repairs
  • making old floors look good until you can afford new ones, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, home maintenance repairs
much better....
  • making old floors look good until you can afford new ones, dining room ideas, diy, flooring, hardwood floors, home maintenance repairs
They'll actually stay pretty decent for about 3 months, and you can wash them normally. When they start to look dull and beat up, just mop n glo them again.
Dreaming of new floors all the time though *sigh*

Got a question about this project?

  • Holly
    Holly San Diego, CA

    Good job but wait until the Mop and Glo peels as it does 100% of the time. First the traffic areas then all corners and base board areas look like two diff floors. Vinegar and a drop of Olive Oil gives the same shiny results with no peel, grime

    • Amy Ogden-Paparone
      Amy Ogden-Paparone Pottstown, PA

      @Holly I've been doing this for over 20 years, and it's NEVER peeled. I don't use the mop n glo for wood floors and I've never ever had a problem. It doesn't even leave a white mark if something damp was left on the floor. :)

  • Holly
    Holly San Diego, CA

    Oh yeah water, sorry. Amounts are approximate ( I eyeball), to one gallon warm water, 1/4 cup White Vineagar, 2 tablespoons Olive Oil ( type doesn't matter). I just use a Libman Self Wringing or a Microfiber Mop. I have Red Oak floors that take a

    • Kitty Belcher
      Kitty Belcher Tucson, AZ

      @Holly , I know you post this back in Oct 2015 ,does olive oil leave a residue now that it's been on the floor for awhile ? Thinking of using an Old English wood oil on floor instead. How long does the oil last? does it hold up with damp moping on

  • Holly
    Holly San Diego, CA

    kools!

  • Teri
    Teri Plainfield, IN

    If these are original hardwood floors from the 60's or earlier you would be crazy to replace them. Get a big floor sander and sand them down. Then you can stain them whatever color you want. Put several coats of poly over them and you should be good.

    • Amy Ogden-Paparone
      Amy Ogden-Paparone Pottstown, PA

      Actually they were from the 30's but life happens and things change and I moved this past Dec. The people who bought the house loved the floors and actually asked if we could leave the fireplace mantel headboard I also have posted on here!

  • Ssetzer816

    Mop an glo made a difference, what about using a woodstain

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