BEESWAX AND OLIVE OIL
The most effective (and complicated) of the three recipes, we prefer this one. The beeswax adds a protective layer, the olive oil gives the floor a nice sheen, and the essential oil contributes a wonderful smell.
• ½ cup beeswax
• 1 ½ cups olive oil
• 3 drops essential oil of choice
• Knife (if beeswax is in block form)
• Jar or heat-resistant bowl
• Two bowls of different sizes to form a double boiler or a double boiler
• Clean, dry towel
Chop up beeswax.
Large chunks of raw beeswax can be very tough to cut through, so use a well-sharpened knife. Chop it up as finely as possible. If you can turn a whole block into shavings, do so. When measuring the beeswax you’ve chopped, pack it tightly into a measuring cup and level it off to make sure you’re using the appropriate amount.
“Engineered hardwood is made of multiple layers of plywood with a thin, solid hardwood top layer.”
Melt beeswax in a double boiler.
If you have an actual double boiler, use it; otherwise, use the two-pot method: Add water to a stockpot and bring to a simmer, set a bowl in the stockpot, but don’t allow the bottom of the bowl to come in contact with the simmering water.
Once most of the beeswax has melted, add olive oil and essential oil.
Stir until all ingredients are combined.
Once the beeswax has completely melted, pour the mixture into a jar or bowl.
It will solidify almost immediately.
Varnish your floor using the technique described in the previous two recipes.
Revarnish when necessary.
Using any of the methods outlined here, you can prolong the life of wood flooring and restore its natural beauty when wear and tear cause it to scuff and fade. As an added bonus, none of these methods exceed $50. Try them out, and you’ll see that they’re money well spent.
These are the ingredients and tools needed to make a quality, good-smelling hardwood-floor varnish.