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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:30 PM
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Washing Wood Floors: Aside from Murphy's Oil Soap, What is best?
the smell of murphy's makes me want to barf, and that will most likely happen with that scent combined with the heat and humidity. What is a good alternative?
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Timefortruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:31 PM
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1. Murphy's isn't best if they are sealed anyway.
How old are they?
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:59 PM
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8. 6 years old
and getting dull. :-(
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WhollyHeretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:33 PM
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2. Do the floors have a finish on them?
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Canadian Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:34 PM
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3. Mop & Glow
has a hardwood floor cleaner. I use it all the time. It's not bad.
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MissB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:35 PM
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4. We've always been told
to clean the hardwood floors with just water. Hey, it saves on cleaner. :D
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China_cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:37 PM
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5. Any pure soap will work
if the floors are exceptionally dirty. If they aren't, wiping with plain water will be plenty.

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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:44 PM
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6. The important thing is to dry them immediately with an old towel after
you wash them. I do it by sections so the floors don't even start to dry.

Dried smears and streaks on old wood is horrendous looking.
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:47 PM
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7. If they have a poly finish
never use Murphy's. That's what my floor guy told me. I had to have the floors completely resanded, they were peeling because the previous owner waxed them and I had them screened. He said to use water, spot clean and wash the whole floor infrequently. Water isn't good for the wood. A little vinegar is ok if they are really dirty.
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:01 PM
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9. Thanks everyone
They're not too dirty-I'll use plain water. I always towel dry mine too.
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SOteric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:22 PM
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10. Orange Glo Wood Floor Polish.
Has a nice orange frangrance and not surprisingly, is formulated from the oil in citrus peel.
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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:25 PM
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11. Bona X Swedish Formula Hardwood Floor Cleaner
A little pricey('bout $20 for 32 oz), but it lasts quite a while.
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