Several days ago I asked for hardwood floor maintenance ideas- products specifically. I've got hot water and vinegar as a general solution good for all applications known to man, but these floors...well, they've seen better days. They were dull and scuffed and kind of sad, but according to my husband worth reviving (insert additional conversation about quarter sawn wood and guitar sides and that's all I understood.) so attempt to revive them I shall.
All of that to say that I was looking for some STUFF that I could use. Since I bought the stuff, I've gotten even more recommendations, but the stuff had already been bought, you know? So don't feel bad if your suggestion didn't make the cut! Because there was no cut. There was just me and my inability to time things correctly.
Show us the stuff.
Okay, yes, sorry. The stuff.
First, useless before photo of a section of the floor. A section that was less dull than the other sections. Because the other sections were covered in boxes. What can I say? I aim to please.
Rejuvenate Floor Cleaner- $13.29
Rejuvenate Cleaner was the most expensive of our three candidates, so that's already a mark against it in my book. It needed to be REALLY good to be my favorite, you know?
The second mark against it was its smell. If smell doesn't matter to you, then ignore this, but really the smell was not great and I had to wonder if I really wanted to greet every visitor to my house with that scent. Answer: probably not. Only if the product is REALLY REALLY GOOD.
On the plus side, this is a "no-bucket" cleaner, which means you spray it on and wipe it off. If you have small kids or pets, both categories of which we have many, this is a huge selling point because you try keeping everyone away from where you are the entire time you're doing the floors. Impossible. Mom is the gravitational center of the house- all living beings are inexplicably drawn to her side no matter the lameness of her task.
We'll see how it performed at the end.
Murphy Oil Soap- $7.75
If I had needed to order it, it would already be in the lead because if it's sweet-tastic low price. The volume that you use of this per cleaning is tiny, so this bottle is going to last a really long time.
Very bueno number dos: the smell. I LOVE the smell of Murphy's. Not because I spent my life in a high end furniture store, but because I've spent a whole lotta time around horses. And despite their tack not being made out of wood, people luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv to try and clean leather with Murphy's. The smell reminds me of a tack room. In a good way. Not in a manure way.
Ahem. So, that's two tallies in the yes column for Murphy's so far.
The downside is that you need a bucket of water in which to dilute your Murphy Oil Soap which results in wet floors and I know it sounds dumb that I care so much about wet floors but really....they're just such a hassle! The kitchen, fine. But throughout the living areas of the house? Badong.
Halloway House Quick Shine Floor Finish- $11.99
The smell of this I do not love. So, performance needs to wow me. As for price, lower than Rejuvenate but higher than Murphy's- so it can do not as well as the former but better than the latter and still keep my attention because I'm practical and numbers-minded like that.
RESULTS, RESULTS, RESULTS!
Ready to be underwhelmed by my camera's inability to capture subtle nuances of hardwood floor?
But then I got wise and thought "shine. light. Flash!" And I turned on the flash that I have heretofore never used on my camera and took this:
The Murphy's is the least shiny. You can barely see a reflection there. But it smells SO good and is more of a cleaner anyway, plus: cheap.
Rejuvenate takes second place in the shininess competition, but the smell isn't great and the price is high, so....yeah.
And the clear winner of the Easy Shine category is the Halloway House Floor Shine. Shoot, look at that reflection down there! It was remarkable. In fact, lemme show you another one in another spot so you know it wasn't just a fluke:
Do you love that scratch created by the previous owners as they dragged a heavy piece of furniture acroos the floor? The kicker is that they decided it was too much of a pain to move and left it right there for us. Which means the terrible damage was for nothing. My favorite!
Anyway, look at how much shine there is in the middle there (mirror like reflecting, anyone?), meeting up with the super shine at the bottom which I had already treated with the Halloway House because I was just that excited. In fact, I think you can see the line of shine coming up from the bottom of the photo and stopping right before these three boxes. Can you see it? The shiny at the bottom edge and in the center section is Halloway House, while the other two products are on either side.
So, what is my conclusion? Halloway House for shine maybe once or twice a year (I don't need my house to look like The Jetson's vaction home in the fake future country) and then Murphy's for cleaning throughout the year. Poor Rejuvenate just couldn't justify it's high price-tag, bless its heart.
If you us a different product than these and swear by it, feel free to leave it in the combox. I love second-guessing myself, truly I do. Gives me a project and boy do I love me some projects.