Hardwood, Not Hard Work

Take a Shine to Your Floor without Getting on Hands and Knees
By Stephanie Cavanaugh
Special to The Washington Post

Maudline Cajou is at the helm of an alarmingly loud, ancient, dusty-pink Hoover buffer, pushing, pulling, carefully skirting the edges of the Oriental rug on the living room floor in Margot Kelly's Capitol Hill house.

For 14 years, the routine has never varied: One week Kelly's house cleaner waxes the 200-year-old floors and then buffs; the next week she only buffs.

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