We are planning to refinish all the upstairs floors soon, so I just wanted to make it look a little nicer until then. I had picked up some Bona Hardwood Floor Refresher awhile back, and decided to give it a try. First, I gave the floors a good cleaning with my go-to product, Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner:
Then I let them dry, and busted out my secret weapon:
It is supposed to put a very thin layer of urethane back on the floor, smooth out scratches, and give more sheen. You are supposed to use this special pad to apply it...
...but I think you could use a t-shirt wrapped around a regular mop. I'm all about savings! I rocked the bottle gently to mix, then followed the directions, making large S-patterns on the floor and mopping with the grain.
I made sure to coat the bad area by the door really well:
When I was done with the room, it was looking mighty nice!
Of course, it didn't dry that way. After two coats, it looked like this:
Uh huh. Your eyes aren't going, there really is no discernable difference. Maybe side by side will help to see it?
Not really. Apparently, this stuff only works when there is actually poly already on the floor. Well, I'll be darned. The areas of the room that still had some finish did shine up a bit. The rest, well it just looks clean.
Even though I wasn't blown away by the results, I will definitely be trying this product on our floor in the living room and front hall, there are tons of scratches there already, and I'm interested to see how it does on floors with a nice newish coat of poly. Refresher aside, the Bona cleaner is the ultimate. Professionals recommend it, and it won't damage your finish or make your floors dull like Orange Glo can over time. I highly recommend it! I buy the Bona products at Bed Bath and Beyond, and the bonus is that you can use those 20% off coupons they litter your mailbox with on a weekly basis!
Refresher - with coupon, $15
Cleaner - with coupon, $16 for a gallon container (we refill our spray bottle)
Mops/pads - I'm really not sure anymore. Probably $20 for two pads and the mop itself.