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FiF: Fix it Friday – Coffee was used to polish wood floors in 1908 – Here’s why

polish floorsFrom New York Journal ca. 1908


To Polish Wood Floors


  • Take a strong boiled coffee and strain it twice through a fine strainer, then to three cups of the coffee add one-half cup of common sweet oil and beat well.
  • Put it in a bottle and shake well each time before using.
  • Apply the polish with a soft cloth and then polish with a dry cloth.
  • The coffee drives the oil into the wood, and you will be surprised at the polish you will have on the floors. You only have to put it on once in two weeks.
  • Now and then just wipe up the floors with a dry mop when they need it, and they look like mirrors.

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey



  1. Tiffani Chanel

    Also lard & sand. 🙂

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