I originally bought it from the website. Recently though, I found it in Bed Bath and Beyond…and I get 20% off coupons from them all the time. I did use the whole kit. The pads are washable and reusable. I’m not sure what kind of results you’d get with other stuff. As for the cleaner, again, I did use their product, but it might be worth doing a test patch with your preferred cleaner and then the finisher on top. I never tried that.
Basically you just spray the cleaner on the floor and use a swiffer like thing with pad velcroed on. Then you switch pads and use the bottle to squirt on the refinisher…a lot like mop and glo application. It only takes an hour to dry and you can do another coat after 24 hours. I did two coats this time since the dogs were in the kennel and I think it looks even better than just one. However, one coat was still a HUGE improvement. It definitely gets two from me!