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How I Restored My Wood Floor for $5

No sanding required, but I did find a great product to give those wood floors new life.
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $5.00 Difficulty: Easy
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While Hubby was out of town hunting I had a brilliant idea to refinish the wood floors. Well my brilliant idea quickly got squashed when I found out how much it would be for just the clear coat finish. I was all ready to do them, I got up early, made sure I had my 40% off coupon for Sherwin Williams, and jumped in the car. Even with the coupon it was still way too much money
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They asked me how many square feet I had to do, factored in two coats, and the grand total came to $600. What!!! I only paid $1,000 for the floors and I certainly wasn’t going to pay that much for a clear top coat that I had to do myself. So back to the drawing board….I headed over to a big box store and read everything on the shelf and ended up with a product called, Quick Shine. I was anxious to get home and see if it would make a difference. I knew it couldn’t make it look worse.
Our floors are 5 years old and have taken a beating, with kids and pets they don’t have a chance. The finish is wore down to nothing and is bare wood in several places. Hubby is going to cut oak and do new floors next year, he already has the trees marked to take down, but for right now I just want them to look better on a budget until that happens. No matter how many times I mopped them, they just looked dull, dirty, and horrible. But not now I was amazed how well Quick Shine actually worked and it’s easy to do.
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Here’s what I did…. Vacuum the floors, then steam cleaned them, then applied the Quick Shine with a microfiber mop per the instructions on the back. I decided to do two coats thinking it may hold up longer. The product dries in 15 minutes so I took no time at all to apply both coats, and here’s the best part, I did it all for $5. That was $5 well spent.
Above is a picture of what not to do…..The dog decided to lay on the finish before it was dry and it acted like a bikini wax and pulled the hair right out of the dog. I couldn’t quit laughing, thankfully it is just loose hair and didn’t hurt the dog.
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Here you can see some of the areas that are down to bare wood but I am so happy with the results and actually like my floors again. I’m anxious to hear if you have tried a similar product and have a favorite. I’m one that normally sticks with the same thing once I know it works but am open to anything new. Now the true test to see how long it lasts.
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  • Bryce Trout
    Bryce Trout Orem, UT

    Wow your floors look great! My hardwood floors are taking a beating too so I realy like your tips! I had no idea that just cleaning and adding a some quick shine could help that much. Thank you for the tips.

  • Janet chambers
    Janet chambers Aurora, IN

    I love Quick Shine! I always use it on my wood and linoleum floors. There is no build-up, it washes off as soon as you mop the next time.

  • Kate
    Kate Naples, FL

    I use this twice a year. It's by Holland House and I luv it!

  • Veronica Sisco
    Veronica Sisco Belfair, WA

    I do home cleaning and repairs professionally and I have used Quick Shine but I found that the Bona floor polish works even better and after few weekly coats lasts for a long time. It cost $15 bottle on average

  • Sandra L. Hartwell Paxson

    I have used this product and it works fine, but as someone said it washes right off. I prefer ZEP. It costs about the same but has polyurethane in it so it really holds up to kids and pets.

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