Easy Floor Care

Quite a few years ago a customer came into our store, went straight to Dad’s desk, plunked down a product, and asked “Why don’t you have this, Johnnie?” It was a product called Quick Shine, and Dad had never heard of it. But he promised our customer that at the next hardware show, we would get it. Those personal requests were very important to Dad, and so at the show we did find it and that started a long-term relationship with “Holloway House”.

I was given a sample bottle to try because I was the only one with hardwood floors. My home had old parquet floors which the previous owners of the home had neglected. They looked like the only way to make them look better was to sand them down, stain, and refinish. The price I got for that was unbelievable. So I took the bottle of Quick Shine and followed the directions, which were to clean the floor and apply the Quick Shine with a clean mop. I put on one coat and was really impressed. I decided that if one coat looked good, how about another? Well every night after my daughter went to bed, I would put a coat on the floor, and in the morning, I was awed with the depth of color and shine that began to come out in that old floor .

At Thanksgiving when all my family came over, everyone remarked about how great the wood floors looked, especially Dad. Quick Shine is NOT a wax; it’s a polymer finish which means you never have to strip it off the floor. You literally walk it off. If you have lots of traffic in the house you might want to reapply every few weeks, but if it’s just you in the house the finish will last for months. When the floor is not as shiny as you would like, just apply another coat. Quick Shine has a light fragrance that smells like soap, and when you want to clean your floors Holloway House makes a multi-surface cleaner which will not dull the shine. If you have a floor that has lost its shine, whether it be wood, tile or laminate, Quick Shine is the easy answer.

Use code QS0424-30 to receive 20% off your Quick Shine purchase!

Now to the email…

Question: Trudy, I have a wood door that I have let go too far for Restore A Finish and Sun Wax and I want to try and refinish the door myself. Tell me the products to use, and if you have any little hint that might make the job go easier.
Answer: First take the weather stripping off the door frame so that nothing touches the door while the varnish cures. I recommend removing the door and putting in on a level surface, so you have an even surface to work on. Then lightly sand the door so you have a good surface to take on the stain. Use Zar stain and a soft rag to apply one, even coat, and then let it dry. You might need to apply another coat to get the depth of color that you want. Then use a marine spar varnish for the finish top coat. Spar varnishes are made for the outside and will give protection from the sun. Apply one coat, lightly sand when dry, and add another coat. Use a tack cloth to remove all dust between sanding. A water- based spar varnish will dry faster.

Question: I have squeaky floors upstairs. I know you have talked about a item that will make it easy to go through the carpet and down into the floor- what was that and is it really that easy?
Answer: Yes it’s that easy. Squeeek No More is a kit with a tool that attaches to your drill, the screws to go down into the floor and then you can break them off below the carpet and you never see them. The Squeek No More Kit comes with a tool to find the floor joist so you know exactly where to drill so that the floor will quit squeaking.