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Old 03-25-2009, 01:51 PM   #1
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Hardwood floor ruined?


Hi everyone, I just moved to a new house with 20 year old hardwood floors in the kitchen. We had a new baby and I came back from spending 2 nights in the hospital to find out my father in law had purchased a cheap furniture poilsh and had applied it to my floors and buffed it in with a swiffer!! It was a $2 can of poilsh.

Needless to say the floor is now like an ice rink and I am worried he has damaged the wood or finish. Should I try to remove it? Any suggestions? We plan to refinish them in the future.

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Old 03-25-2009, 02:38 PM   #2
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Hi everyone, I just moved to a new house with 20 year old hardwood floors in the kitchen. We had a new baby and I came back from spending 2 nights in the hospital to find out my father in law had purchased a cheap furniture poilsh and had applied it to my floors and buffed it in with a swiffer!! It was a $2 can of poilsh.

Needless to say the floor is now like an ice rink and I am worried he has damaged the wood or finish. Should I try to remove it? Any suggestions? We plan to refinish them in the future.

Thanks!!

Kevin
Not a good idea but they're not ruined. It's not recommended because the wax/polish would interfere with applying another layer of finish if you wanted to do so without a sanding. The new layer of finish would'nt adhere properly. It used to be normal to wax hardwood floors 60 years ago but finishes are tougher now.

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Old 03-25-2009, 07:40 PM   #3
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If the floor was urethane-coated and in good condition, then the polish should be on the urethane and not stuck to the wood itself.

I'd get something designed to strip polish off and try it in an out-of-the-way spot to see if it'll take the unwanted polish off without stripping the urethane as well.
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