26 Jun

Olive oil on a damp sponge mop is a one-step cleaner & polisher for hardwood floors

I started with badly scuffed hardwood floors. From years of rolling office chairs back and forth, first the typewriter on the desk, then the computer. The wood had worn down to its bare, raw wood condition. Without sanding and staining the old 1950s hardwood floors, I took a dampened sponge mop, spilled a half cup at a time of the extra virgin olive oil (large bottle for about $14 at Sam’s Club) on the living room, foyer, and bedroom hardwood floors, and mopped the floors with a wet sponge against the thick olive oil on the  floors.

hardwood-floor-cleaned-with-olive-oilMiraculously, almost, the damp sponge mop covered with olive oil not only rolled the stray dog hairs into a roll that easily could be picked up, but also took off the dirt and at the same time polished the hardwood floor to a Victorian-era shine. The next step focused on the micro fiber cloth on a waxing mop to soak up the excess oil after the olive oil had been soaking in the wood for two hours.

The shine remained for weeks on a cleaner floor. Next, the olive oil on a separate micro fiber cloth polished my scuffed and worn oak table and other wooden furniture. This is my family’s tradition, to clean and polish wood in one step. A different quality extra virgin cold pressed and/or expeller pressed olive oil always stands on my table for putting on food. And a tablespoon of olive oil also goes into my shampoo bottle. So many uses for olive oil makes it my all-in-one polisher, cleaner, and skin-conditioner. Now if only I had an oil lamp as the centerpiece of my dinner table.

Best of all, in a recession, using basic products from my pantry saves a lot of money when every nickel counts. And I’m pleased with the comforting scent of the now more vibrant hardwood floors, cabinets, and wooden furniture after the oil is absorbed.

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One Response to “Olive oil on a damp sponge mop is a one-step cleaner & polisher for hardwood floors”

  1. susie christian-hodgson Says:

    I put half and half mix of olive oil and vinegar onto unfinished wood floors, let stand for two hours then rubbed off.  For the past six months I've been dry dusting only.  What can I use to refresh the floors without having to do this very time consuming treatment?  I clean a house that had 10,000 square feet of the unfinished wood floors this past October.  The owner is wanting them mopped and I don't want to undo what I did.   

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