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  •  I'd love your floor wax recipe, thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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    diggerspop, Yasuragi

    Below the floor cloths will be the original wide-board pine floors.  

    Canvas floor cloths are the forerunners of linoleum, and were very popular because they were decorative, watertight, and saved wear-and-tear on the floors.

    Today's duck-weight canvas works well.  The surface is sized, then painted, then finished with multiple coats of shellac and tacked into place.  Often the surfaces were stylized flowers or stencils, although marbleized finishes were also popular.

    The cloths are watertight, but you can't let water sit on them for any length of time, or the shellac will whiten.  Some modern artisans use other varnishes like polyurethane, but the limitations of them are that they lose flexibility.

    YouTube is a wondrous invention.

    "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

    by DrLori on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 05:56:58 AM PST

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    •  Try this product: (1+ / 0-)
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      "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." -- Willie Stargell

      by Yasuragi on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 09:15:11 AM PST

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    •  hokey-doke. (1+ / 0-)
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      think I'm gonna post it as diary. I keep shooting off my mouth about it, 8-), so if I tag it right, I shouldn't have to keep writing it up.

      wow, appropriate, intuitive tags for this kind of thing mostly do NOT already exist! I am surprised, because I thought Noddy's Survival diaries would have covered this territory... aha! got a good one!

      There are these:
      sustainable living
      all natural

      But I'm going to have to create these:
      beeswax floor wax
      floor care
      floor wax
      natural household
      organic household
      hardwood floor
      low VOC

      So take a look for any of those tags if you miss my opus on the diary list, 8-)  Probably Monday would give me enough time to get everything integrated...

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:48:33 PM PST

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