Q. Sharon asks: We used to clean our wood floors with Murphy's oil. About six months ago we had them refinished with water-based polyurethane. Now the floors are starting to peel.
What can we do to slow or stop the peeling? If the floors have to be redone again, how can we prevent this from happening a second time? (We have never used Murphy's on the newly refinished floor.)
A: The floors are probably peeling because you used Murphy's Oil Soap on a polyurethane finish and-or the existing finish wasn't properly prepared.
Many manufacturers of polyurethane products recommend against using Murphy's Oil Soap on their finish.
Where you would normally screen (lightly sand) the floor to prepare it for a fresh coat of finish, because you used Murphy's Oil Soap, you will, unfortunately, need to sand off all the finish down to bare wood.
Then, we suggest that you apply three to five coats of oil-base polyurethane. When it comes to cleaning a hardwood floor with a hard surface finish, a soft cloth dampened slightly with warm water is your best bet.
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