House Cleaning Wood Floors & Furniture Yourself
When I moved to Scotland with my husband, Victor, my dreams of living in a wooden cottage surrounded by a heaven of greenery were fulfilled. I wanted to be far away from the metropolitan life and hustle and bustle of the city. The picture-perfect cottage assigned to us by Victor’s company was a treat to the eyes and was one of the oldest establishments in Ednam.
The beauty of the cottage and surroundings had mesmerized me enough, but it was the interior of the cottage that left me astounded. The interior of the cottage was designed in a blend of stone and wood making me feel like I had entered a fairytale book.
As my furniture arrived, I got myself ready for the enormous task of cleaning and furnishing the small cottage on my own. To shine the wooden floors, first, I dusted the hard floor and removed any traces of dirt from it. I mopped afterwards with a gallon of water mixed with ½ cup vinegar to avoid and water spots to form on the wood floor. When the floors were dry, I used a vegetable oil cleaner to give the floor a more polished look. This brought a sleek shine to the wood and created a fresher look to the rooms.
I dusted all my wooden furniture and inspected the type of wood each item was made from – lacquered, teak, rosewood, etc. For every type of wood, there is a special type of cleaning. Wood furniture that has been lightly lacquered does not absorb oil. On the other hand, teak and rosewood benefit most with furniture oil.
My furniture was made from rosewood, so I made my own oil finish by pouring equal parts of turpentine and boiled linseed oil. After mixing the contents, I poured a small amount of it on a soft linen cloth and rubbed it on the wooden furniture. In the beginning, the wood looked oily, but after an hour, the furniture gave a soft sheen that brightened the room.
By placing the nicely polished furniture around the rooms stylishly, with decorations intricately placed atop table-tops, and hanging pictures on bare walls, the cottage gave a cozy and welcoming appeal to anyone who stepped inside it. The small cottage became my home and a haven of peace for me!