Straight answer on NON-poly finished wood flooring
My floors are finished in both original and reclaimed wood flooring that does not appear to be poly-sealed; that is, if you run your finger on it, it leaves a smudge. You basically can't find anything in mainstream stores to maintain floors that aren't sealed with polyurethane. Meanwhile, I have scratches, water spots, dirt-- you name it. What am I supposed to use on this? There Johnson One-step, but it's wax and I'm told there are reasons wax is obsolete (soft, no help against heat) and I should use some sort of oil, like they use on bowling lanes. Suggestions?
Meanwhile, I have scratches, water spots, dirt-- you name it.
The water spots would suggest to me that it's a wax finish. Bruce had a product called Light & Bright and Dark & Rich which was a paste wax that worked well on these types of floors (if you can find out for sure that it is a wax finish.) You may need to start with the stripper first if you've got significant marking and water spots.
I did a quick google search and it looks like it's still available too. These paste waxes are a little different in that they contain a cleaner too.
Hope that helps!
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Thanks! I'm thinking that long-term, I'll want to switch to tung oil or add poly, but for now I'd like to keep using whatever the previous owner probably used (unfortunately, I never thought to ask) so that's very helpful to know.