Tips on How to Make Wood Floors Shiny Again

Wood floors not only add a feeling of warmth to your home, but also a touch of elegance and style. Besides, hardwood is really the best you can have for your home. But just like any other part of your home, hardwood will eventually wear out and start looking dull.

Homeowners usually try to cover this flaw by placing a carpet on the affected area, but this won’t solve the problem. Eventually, your entire floor will wear out and your carpet wouldn’t be able to cover it.

There are a couple of tricks you can do to bring your hardwood back to its former glory. Try to avoid using hearsay techniques; instead, use the ones listed below.

  1. The first thing to remember about hardwood is that you shouldn’t be too picky. Naturally, a home that has been lived in will eventually have flooring that looks a bit worn out. You can put felt tips on the bottoms of your furniture to prevent scratches, but this doesn’t necessarily keep the floor shiny.
  2. Using a high quality wood refinishing product is recommended. Make sure to sweep and/or mop first before applying anything. It should be cleared of any dust and build up.
  3. You can use wax for the wood to give it a satin finish. Use a soft cloth to spread a thin and even layer, making sure to rub in the same direction as the wood grain. After allowing the wax to dry for around an hour, you can add a buffer or rub the floor again using another piece of dry cloth.
  4. A glossy look would require a water-based wood finish. Not only will a water-based finish give it a gleaming look, but it is also more permanent than wax. Directions for applying are similar to those of wax; the only difference is that after applying the second coat, there is no need for it to be buffed.
  5. It’s recommended that you refinish your hardwood at least twice a year to achieve optimal results.
  6. If you want to try the water and vinegar mixture, make sure to try it out on a small portion first. Mix 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup water, and apply the solution using a cotton cloth. Using another dry cotton cloth, make sure to wipe off any excess oil solution. This usually takes a night for the results to show. If the wood looks shinier and with seemingly no damage, then it’s most probably safe to use the solution for the rest of your wood flooring.
  7. If you decide to use the water/vinegar mixture, you can do it weekly or every other week for better results. Not only is this an inexpensive way to shine your floor, but it also functions as a disinfectant.
  8. Olive oil also works when added to a vinegar mixture. It adds more shine, moisture, and even makes it last longer. However, do this only once a month because it can make the floor very slippery.

Use the following tips mentioned above and you’ll have a clean and shiny wood flooring (again) in no time!

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