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How I Restored My Wood Floor for $5

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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
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
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.
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.
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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  • Vshammond
    Vshammond Bogart, GA
    on Dec 18, 2014

    I love Quick Shine!!!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Dec 18, 2014

    Looks fabulous!

  • Carol C
    Carol C Mentor, OH
    on Dec 18, 2014

    I love it as well, does a great job! Depending on the traffic you might have to do it more times than you want to, but definitely worth it!

  • Leigh hood
    Leigh hood Florence, SC
    on Dec 18, 2014

    The one BIG no no I'd that you cannot steam clean wood. It breaks it down too much. Good job though hopefully the quick shine will last

  • Merry D
    Merry D Fairfield, CA
    on Dec 18, 2014

    Lovely! I will have to check and see if it works on my legs...er, just kidding, I mean my tile floors. "Bikini wax" thanks for the visual laugh! :-)

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