Wax On, Wax Off

When we took out the carpet downstairs, we were pretty happy to find hardwood floors underneath. They seemed to be in pretty good condition, but they needed a very good cleaning and perhaps refinishing.This is the floor in our foyer:


Given that refinishing would run us into thousands (for the whole house) and should probably be one of the last projects anyway I decided to give the foyer floor a try myself.

*side note, I had the most frustrating time researching how to tread hardwood. I finally found this article here that is pretty thorough. I am still not entirely sure that my floor is sealed with shellac, but I decided to go on the assumption that nothing much was done to it for a very, very long time.

So here is what I have done:

1. Used rubbing alcohol to remove paint splotches — I used a sponge and a scrapper as aids.

2. Then I cleaned the floor with Odorless Mineral Spirits to remove the wax. This step actually took a while as there was so many layers of old wax. I actually went over the floor several times and I am sure that there was plenty of wax left. But I couldn’t stnad it anymore so I decided to move to the next step.

3. Restore-a- Finish. It was so shiny! and so easy compared to all other steps!



4. After waiting for a whole lot longer than the hour the directions said (my suspicion that a bunch of wax was still on) it was time for the wax.

5. In an hour Sergey and I danced! It was sort of fun. A whole lot better than the wax on, wax off routine at least.


And there you have it – a shiny floor! Its not perfect. But I like it, its got what people call character! We may one day refinish the floors, but for now I am pretty happy with what we got.


On to the rest of the house!

By the way, does anyone know how to tell what type of wood this floor is?