We have talked to several people who use the Walnut Oil on their floors and in response to your question – here is what they do:
Once a week – if you are the absolute-on-top-of-it type – use a soft cotton rag, which has a bit of Walnut Oil on the rag. You can either pour oil on the rag for this, or you can keep Walnut Oil in a spray bottle and spray a bit on the rag. This is only a little bit of oil for this job.
A couple people we talked to keep such a rag saturated in Walnut Oil, which they use for upkeep in a number of ways and have a special metal container with a top – in which they keep the rag – like last years’ fruit cake tin. They use that rag and wipe up the floor so it has all the dust removed and a thin coating of oil on it. The oil should dry in short order. They keep such a saturated rag for a month and then toss it. If they need to wipe fingerprints off furniture within that month, that rag does the job. Or, if they need to wipe their dining room or other table with a bit of oil, in-between their yearly going over with the 0000 steel wool, they use that rag.
A couple people we talked to will do this once a month because they want to keep up their floors, keep them looking great, but do not worry themselves if a little dust shows. Our observation – unless you have lots of traffic in and out of the house you only need to do this once a month and then it is a light wipe of the floor.
One person – ostracized after she told this story – uses a cotton mop onto which she sprays a bit of walnut oil in a spray bottle she keeps and then wipes the floor with the mop. Since most of the people we talked to about this upkeep are – on your knees to do your floors kind of people – there were gasps when she said – others do this with a cotton mop with a bit of oil sprayed on the mop. Our question was, is there a difference in results? Of course, everyone thought their way was the best and absolutely the only way to get good results.
In defense of the “on your knees people”, they use that time for exercise while wiping the floor. There are several exercises that can be done in the process – which most exercise books, or a search online will show you.
Those who do this upkeep once a month are the ones who hang drapes on all of their windows – who close their windows on top of air stops so outside air/dust doesn’t get in and they look constantly for other ways to keep dust from coming into the house including having people visiting leave their shoes at the door.
Hope this answers your question.
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