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Apr. 7th, 2005

Two full games of softball in the rain and our "mudroom" has fulfilled its purpose.

My cleats may not dry before next week though... We won one, lost one. I did make contact with the ball once, and made it to first. I also got someone out at home. Let's accentuate the positive, shall we?

Incidentally, it is seriously time for some spring cleaning in this house. I have heard that I should clean the hardwood floors with Murphy's Oil Soap. Surely someone among you has a strong opinion one way or the other on this topic?

Oh, and thanks comcast! I didn't need DNS to work anyways. *cries*

Holy shit have I been busy at work. I've barely skimmed posts. When I get home I just want to blow virtual shit up and get pretend money for it. I'm sorry if I have not been on the ball with the thoughtfulness and responsiveness. It's important to me, to my self-worth, right now to give this energy to my job.

Oh, and after work wednesday I dragged zarobi to the Coldstone Creamery by Arundel Mills. Holy cheesecake ice cream, batman. I took traceracer's advice and went for the small size, which, trust me, is MORE than enough. There were these teenage boys in front of us in line who were so nice, I thought they might be mormons. But their A&F baseball hats didn't look very mormony to me. I am not used to being treated graciously and politely by strangers in public!



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Apr. 8th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
very randomly found your journal.

must say that murphy's oil soap rocks my hardwood floors. i'm slightly obsessed with it, actually. the smell brings back memories... of my mom forcing me to do housework. but, whatever. it works nicely and it's not all chemical-y.
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:34 am (UTC)

i don't know why but for some reason the words "oil" and "soap" are opposites in my mind. Don't you usually put soap on something to clean off the oil???

thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the hw floor cleaning vote. :D
Apr. 8th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
eh, that's dish soap brainwashing. you've been watching too many Dawn commercials. with wood, you definitely want the oils there.

wow, i feel like my nerdiness has reached an all-time high.
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
I have a strong opinion that Murphy's Oil Soap is exactly what you want to clean your wood with. All of your wood, anywhere. All of it that doesn't still have bark on it, anyway.
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
I assume this is something I have to do on my hands and knees for maximum effectiveness, no? And I am not just saying that to flirt with you. ;) I mean, cleaning floors is going to be uncomfortable no matter what, but I can't imagine this floor ever getting clean enough without someone getting on its level.
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
You're not just saying that to flirt with me? Halleluja! ;)

We use a sponge-mop dillybop; it works great. You know, the ones with a long handle and a wringer and stuff?
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
Yay! Dillybop! No crawling around! Er, sorry.
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)
ooh, i have some sort of wood on the floors here and i was thinking about using murphy's on it; I will definitely do that.
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
We have officially shared our first house tip! Huzzah!
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
I adore murphy's oil soap and I love love love the smell.

If your floors have been recently refinished you should not use it. It leaves a film on the surface of the floors that makes it hard to "touch up" the refinishing job or as it's officially called - rescreen the floors. Rescreening just involves lightly scuffing the surface and then refinishing. If murphy's oils soap has been used you definitely have to fully sand and then refinish the floors if you're having them done. If you don't know the full history of the floors - go ahead and use murphy's oil - cause chances are someone already has since the last refinishing and apparantly once is all it takes.

I should also note that my advice against using it is specifically for floors with a polyurethane finish. Some floors have been waxed - which makes they really shiny but requires alot of upkeep, and some have been oiled. You see oiled floors alot in older or historical houses, so I suspect that's probably what you have - in that case totally go for murphy's oil soap because I think it will just enhance the protection. Murphy's oil soap is awesome stuff and it really does make the house smell nice. I really miss using it.
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
I fully endorse Murphy's. It seriously has made every crappy apartment I've lived in look like the floor had just been refinished. Just sweep well or vacuum beforehand, because as the name indicates, it's oily (which wood needs, don't get me wrong) and if you have lots of dust and cat hair it'll just kinda... stick. Ugh.

I also recommend buying a cheap string mop that you can dry the floor off with, or scooting around on your hands with a big old beach towel. The best kinds of string mops are those you can throw in the dryer. They kinda suck for washing, IMO, but if you have one for drying you can wash the next room while it's in the dryer, get it out, repeat as needed.
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:46 am (UTC)
thanks for the tip about the cat hair. we have PLENTY OF THAT, we does. excellent! a trip to purchase floor cleaning implements will be made.
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
My cleats may not dry before next week though...
That is so hot!
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
hahaha! while i was out there it was more cold. :) stupid right field, stupid rain.
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
actually, the murphy's usage depends on whether or not the floors have been waxed. i asked my landlords here whether i should use murphy's, and they looked horrified and said basically to only use a damp mop and floor wax. *snort*

i'd say go with the murphy's. somehow i think "clean" is more important than "waxed".
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
see i knew there was some kind of catch!

in this case, i am sure that after 130 years everything's probably been tried, so there's not much i could so to make things bad.
Apr. 8th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
Don't use fire. I know it's supposed to be "cleansing" but not in this case.

btw, softball in the rain sounds like so much fun! I think I would like softball if it were always played in the rain.
Apr. 8th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
right, check, no fire. :)

it wouldn't have been so bad except for soggy cleats. they are just so uncomfortable.
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I believe your friend's ex-landlord, about the wax. In fact, I'm pretty sure I don't.
Apr. 8th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
It totally depends on what finish the floor had before.
The three main choices are oiled, waxes and some sort of polyurethane. Each finish requires a different kind of care.

waxed - damp mop, mild cleanser, and a wax cleaner that lifts dirt and applies a new layer of wax

oiled - murphy's oil soap is the way to go

polyurethane - special hardwood floor cleaner made for polyurethaned floors such as , but specifically not murphy's oil soap. You can find them at home depot and places like that - usually called a hardwood care kit. I'll note that the average grocery store does not sell any cleaners that are safe for polyurethaned hardwood floors which just seems messed up to me.
Apr. 8th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC)
I know the feeling about being busy at work. Ever since I was gone for a week at GDC, I've been playing catchup and aiming for ambitious deadlines that are just bearing down on me, and I'm not typing nearly as much as I would like. I know this is how March usually is for me, what with GDC and Technicon, but still I feel like I'm just barely keeping in touch with folks here. Now, I've gotten to socialized and catch up with a lot of people in PERSON, so I'm not unhappy at all, but LJ does suffer for other priorities. :)
Apr. 8th, 2005 12:26 pm (UTC)
have heard that I should clean the hardwood floors with Murphy's Oil Soap. Surely someone among you has a strong opinion one way or the other on this topic?

When my Aunt bought her house we used this everywhere....and it helped a lot... so ya, strong opinion= murphy's oil soap is good stuff!
Apr. 8th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
Murphy's sure does smell good and will help cover kitty accidents. The oil is good for wood and will go a long way in preventing cracks and checks. However I still have the first bottle I ever bought (1972)
Apr. 8th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
it's a family heirloom! you can mail it to me and i will avoid using it for 30 years too. ;)
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