Builder’s debris, strong cleaners, constant sweeping and damp dusting, strong sunlight & no protection, years of benign neglect; no wonder My French Floors have had enough.
Seeing the way the thirsty floor in the terrace bedroom soaked up the lime wax like an ancient sponge ( and needs more!) brought it home to me just how much my poor, dessicated wooden floors have suffered.
So yes, this is a perfect example of one of those areas where I am letting the house dictate to me what needs to be done.
In the tulip bedroom, with the oldest and most naturally beautiful floor in the house, it will look like I have interfered very little- but I will still have to get off the odd patch of squidgy black stuff (?) treat the resulting black marks with oxalic acid, use my pine oil paint stripper ( see earlier post) to get the spots of blue & green paint off (NOT me) and then clean and wax to keep the amazing patina.
In the kitchen-diner we are laying sheets of natural coconut fibre insulation over the existing unattractively modern (but level) floor. Then we will lay thick new local pine boards across to visually widen the room (it is already QUITE long enough at 30 feet!)
These will be treated with this amazing stuff
Although made from natural oils ( such as sunflower, soyabean & thistle oils), and waxes( caranauba, candelilla waxes etc) it is tough, microporous, highly liquid resistant, exceeds current fire resistence standards and is apparently safe if animals or small children lick it
This is exactly the slightly raw looking but smooth feeling light, white-ish finish I want.
We are going down this route because we want the house to BREATHE.
Hopefully application will be less labour intensive than hand rubbing lime wax onto terrace bedroom floor. I’ll let you know