Q: My wife and I just bought a new house which has hardwood floors throughout. Overall the floors are gorgeous but there are some high traffic areas which you can tell the urethane is getting worn. I would like to sand the top of the urethane and then apply two more coats to hopefully last another 10 or 15 years. I’ve been reading around the Internet about how ******* Oil soap is leaves a residue on hardwood floors which makes it difficult if you want to refinish the urethane.
That is all the previous owners used to clean the floors and I was wondering if you could recommend to me a way that I could recoat my floors without having to sand down own to the wood.
A: The best polyurethane cleaner I have used is Bona Kemi Pacific floor cleaner. I recently had a couple email because they have had grief with a pre finished floor they had installed a year ago. The cleaner that was recommended to them seemed to cause the floor to go very dull looking, and so they were told to try some other product of their choice. Everything they used made it worse. I recommended this cleaner to them and they emailed back to tell me how, though it took 15 hours of work, this cleaner caused all this residue to peel off like a bad sunburn. Now, they said, our floors look great.
I would hunt down your local flooring supplier and see if they carry that product.