I ripped up the carpets in two rooms of my house recently and found the original 1950’s hardwood floors underneath. Unfortunately, I found them covered with overspray from where the previous owners had painted the baseboards with no regard for dropcloths. Since refinishing them wasn’t in my budget, I decided to clean them. Then I tried Holloway House Quick Shine High-Traffic for Hardwood to revive them. This is what happened.
Before I go further, I want to make it clear that I have no affiliation with the makers of this product. While this post does contain affiliate links and I will make a small commission if you purchase an item through one of those links, my opinion is my own. I’m just a mama who likes to tell people when she happens upon something that actually does what it says it’s supposed to. Simple as that.
Once I finished cleaning the floors in each room, which took an excruciatingly long time, the floors looked dull, and scrapes were evident in some areas. The worst areas were close to the sides of the room since that’s where most of the paint splatter was. If you’d like to read about how I found these floors hidden under the nasty carpet that covered both rooms, you can read my post How to Tell if You Have Reusable Flooring. Or, if you have some paint you need to remove from your hardwood, you can read my post The Best Way to Remove Paint from Hardwood Without Ruining the Finish. Both posts contain more before and after photos of this project.
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One side note before I give my review of how this product works. The bottle plainly states that you shouldn’t use Quick Shine on floors stripped of finish or that have worn finish. After scrubbing the paint off my floors, they were looking pretty dull and probably needed to be sanded and refinished. Despite this warning, I decided to give it a try on my floors anyway.
I initially tried Quick Shine in a discreet section of the room. After it had dried, I took a look at the results. Boy does this stuff work. When I first read the label, I had wrongly compared this product to Mop and Glow. I never really liked Mop and Glow. It never cleaned that great and didn’t leave the floor as shiny as I thought it should have. Quick Shine, however, gives a noticeable shine after just one coat.
Applying Quick Shine is really easy. Just clean your floor like you normally would, allow them to fully dry, then squirt or pour a thin line in an S shape along a section of the floor. Wipe that section with your mop and then let it dry.
I applied two coats in total, and the bedroom floors looked practically like new. We’re talking about floors that are over sixty years old. It’s amazing how well it works. I had found a post online a while back ago about how someone had used it on their floors. I will admit that I was skeptical that their before and after pictures were legit. My thought was that maybe they’d taken the after pictures while the floors were still wet or they’d found some way to doctor the photos.
Let me tell you that it is the real deal. And, the best part, it’s pretty cheap. I used a little more than one bottle in both bedrooms. Each bottle was about $7, so that’s a good price given the difference in what the floors look like.
A Couple of Notes
Quick Shine is not a replacement for refinishing the floors. While it does add shine, after a few weeks, it starts to wear off in high-traffic areas. Then it needs to be reapplied, but it’s so easy to use. I just apply it after I’ve mopped the room to keep the shine up. The picture below is of one of the rooms three weeks after using Quick Shine. This is my 7-year-old son’s room so trust me when I say that it gets a lot of wear on the floors.
Another tip I’ll add, don’t use your regular mop head to apply Quick Shine, and whatever you do use, either dispose of it (if it’s disposable) or wash it as soon as you’re finished. Because if Quick Shine dries on the cloth, it will make it stiff and that stiffness will not go away when it’s washed. So, keep that in mind when applying it. I used an old hand towel that I’d cut in half and attached to my Swiffer mop by pushing the ends of the towel into the holes that the disposable pads would go into. I washed the towel in hot water once finished, and it didn’t have any noticeable stiffness afterward.
One final note I’ll add. This is the first review of a product that I’ve ever written. Not because I’m new to writing, but because I am so pleased with this product that after working so hard on getting my kids’ floors clean, I wanted to write about how pleased I am with this product. The pictures really speak for themselves, but I couldn’t go without adding my two cents too.
Have you ever used Quick Shine before? Are you as pleased as I am? I’d love to hear about it.