there's this great product out there for any of you with hardwood floors. it's called orange glo hardwood floor refinisher, and i can unequivocally recommend the product as well as the results it brings. what i cannot recommend, however, is the intense amount of LABOR required to make the product work. at the end of the day, it brings a great satisfaction to see the wood floors that had been marred by 4 years of neglect, spills, pee, poop, dirt, dust, dog hair, grime, barf, scratches, dents, YOU NAME IT.... just SHINE.
yes, this is how i spent my day on sunday. t took the kids... well... i won't spill the beans on WHERE they went because i'm trying desperately to get him to guest blog about it (any amount of clamoring in the comments section may help to convince him). anyhow, they were gone all day, and i decided to undertake the monumental task of refinishing the floor in the kitchen eating area ONLY.
first i cleared the kitchen of EVERYTHING. it was eerily empty and echoey. it reminded me of moving days. however, in the living room, furniture was packed in so that no amount of actual living could possibly be done there. but no matter. i had to first sweep and vaccuum the whole floor TWICE. i was a good girl and scrubbed the woodwork after this. the next step is to mop the floor TWICE and let it dry completely. after this, the refinisher is ready to be applied. you evenly spread the stuff over the whole floor, then no one (or no thing) can walk on it for at least an hour. this meant that jane and i took a nice long walk around the 'hood. i wanted to apply a second coat, but for this i needed to wait yet another hour. after the second coat was done (and much laundry in the interim) the furniture can't be replaced for 24 MORE hours. sigh. this means that the project wasn't entirely done until this afternoon, when i heaved all the furniture back into place (carefully scrubbing each bit of it first).
i'd post the photo of it all finished, but blogger won't let me. i'll try tomorrow morning. promise.