As you know, I could NOT wait to get started on this house. I’ve been a little too excited, which has actually gotten me into some trouble, and what is why I’ve now resorted to getting some of this energy out on my blog.
I won’t go into detail, but basically I was way too excited to strip the old chunky, dripping paint off the baseboards and trim, which resulted in WAY more layers of paint coming off than I had anticipated, AND the paint thinner accidentally getting on the walls and plaster, which resulted in wall paint also coming off . . . and thus, my subsequent freak out as I chucked all my materials in the bin and called my husband in tears to apologize for the mess I’d made (ooh, it felt good to say husband… husband). Needless to say, I’ve accepted the fact that I have much to learn in the way of home improvement, and that yes… I am just going to have to chalk up the cost of having professionals clean this place up before I singlehandedly destroy it myself.
So, back to the floors. I saw on YoungHouseLove that rather than stripping and redoing their hardwood floors, they just glossed em up a bit by basically mopping some glossy stuff on them. Despite my failures listed above, I do think that I am qualified to sweep and mop the floors (maybe), so this was an easy task that I could get on board with right away! I went to both Lowe’s and Home Depot looking for the right stuff to do the job. I got the Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner and mop at Lowe’s, and the Rejuvenate High Gloss Professional Wood Restorer at Home Depot.
I started off just sweeping the floors to get all the little pieces of dust. Then, I went ahead and mopped the shit out of the floor with the Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. I’m not sure how much of a difference it actually made, but it seemed to help to get some of the grime up. Then, I went over the floor with the Rejuvenate High Gloss. Glossy and flossy baby!
I went over the floor twice (although it only takes an hour to dry, it took me two days to do this because I just didn’t have the time). The first go was with the polish head that had come with the Bona mop. The second go was with the recommended Rejuvenate polish head. Folks, I don’t recommend the Rejuvenate polish head. It is such a tiny mop head that there is not mop in the world that would fit into it. I had to MacGuyver my own makeshift mop because I didn’t have a mop small enough to fit it. Spare yourself the agony and just use a different polish mop head from your brand of choice.
Despite Rejuvenate’s mop head sucking, the formula for Rejuvenate itself is pure magic. You pour a little bit on, spread it around, and BOOM it’s glossy perfection. You can see the before and after above. It’s like night a day. I think it’s a perfect solution for floors that are in pretty good condition if you don’t want to pay a ton of money to have them refinished. Total, it cost me around $50 to do and it feels like a whole new room. We may get them redone eventually, not sure, but for now my glossy, beautiful floors will suffice.