When I first stepped foot in this house in March, I wanted to lie down on the floor and cry, but I couldn't because the floors were too dirty. I was certain the Amtico floors would never come clean, and I couldn't find anyone who was willing to refinish Amtico flooring in 2014 (Hello, the 90s called and wants their floors back)... I also couldn't find the specialty Amtico refinishing products on any website willing to deliver to the USA. I was only here for a week in March, and I spent that entire spring break week scrubbing the floors with goof off and a toothbrush.
Once I returned three weeks ago, I scoured the web and found Mannington stripping and refinishing products that had promise. I ordered them and waited. Once the products arrived, my routine began... I swept, scrubbed, mopped, stripped, scrubbed, mopped, rinsed, mopped, dried, swept, vacuumed, glossed, glossed, sealed every inch of these floors.
I have logged over a 100 hours on my knees scrubbing these floors.
Warning: The floors in this picture are nastier than they appear.
Note how the detail pieces are actually grey instead of dark brown.
Boo kitty approves.
The floors are now glossy and shiny and I have banned all shoes from the house.
My battles with the floor are not over; the dining room, living room, and master suite are a bad DIY concrete stain job. Making them over will be lots of fun!