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How to Polish Wood Floors


How to Polish Wood Floors

Wood floors will have a new luster when you apply the right polish and technique.

Consider the daily abuse your wood floors take: pets, high heels, shifting furniture, and even pet nails. Wood floors are not as durable as they appear, but their finish can still be scratched and scuffed. Refinishing is a process that sands floors to remove old finishes. It’s expensive and only necessary once in a few decades. Polishing with a product that is specifically designed for hardwood floors is an inexpensive and easy way to restore shine, correct imperfections, and prolong the life of your beautiful hardwood. To achieve the desired look, all you need is a flat-head mop and a commercial wood floor polish. It comes in high- or low-gloss sheens.

The finish of your floors will determine whether or not you polish them. Floors with a protective finish, such as urethane or a waterproof barrier, will benefit from a polish. However, floors with penetrating finishes, like tung oil and unsealed wood, need wax. The wrong product can lead to a host of problems. It can make floors too slippery, Cullen the finish, or prevent proper refinishing. Before you start causing damage, it is important to identify the type of wood floor you have (our Step 1, in this guide on how you can polish wood floors).

Tools & Materials
  • Sponge mop
  • Hardwood floor cleaner
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Microfiber mop pads
  • Wood Floor Polish
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  • Flathead mop

STEP 1: Check the finish of your wood floors.

You can use a sharp knife to cut a small amount of the floor’s finish if you aren’t sure.

  • Your floor may have a penetrating finish if the finish is not smudged, but there is no clear material. These wood floors should not be polished. They should only be waxed.
  • Clear flooring is likely to have a finish. These wood floors can be polished. Before you polish the whole floor, test the polish in a hidden or inconspicuous area.

STEP 2: Clean your wood floors from dirt and dust.

Clear the space by taking out as much furniture as you can. Then clean the entire floor to get rid of dirt and dust. To remove any remaining grime, sweep or vacuum the floor with a commercial wood cleaner or a mixture of a quarter cup of dish soap and one gallon of warm water. To remove any residual cleaner, give the laminate flooring Wirral a final clean with a dampened mop. Use a soft, clean towel to dry the floors completely.

Are you thinking of refinishing your floors?

Some jobs are best left to the professionals. Free, no-obligation estimates from licensed flooring contractors in your area.

STEP 3 – Polishing wood floors to shine.

Start in the back corner of your room and trace a route that leads you to an exit.

Use a flat-surface mop to work the solution in the direction of your wood grain. Smoothen out any air bubbles by moving the mop back and forth. To best control how much polish you apply, work in smaller areas (about 3 to 5 feet in each direction).

Although you should make sure that you have covered the entire floor, it is important to remember that thin layers dry faster than thicker ones. You can always add another coat if necessary.

Please Note: Polish can stain baseboards and drywall. Avoid splashing.

STEP 4 – Wait at least one day before you restore the room.

Allow light traffic to enter the room for at least an hour, and wait a full day before you move your belongings back inside and resume normal use. Avoid scratching by not dragging or sliding furniture. Instead, pick up each piece and place them where it belongs. For extra protection, attach felt furniture pads under heavy pieces.

STEP 5. Follow these steps to maintain beautiful wood floors. You can even put off polishing your next job.

To keep dirt and grime from getting inside, place rugs on your entry doors. You can also put a rug under the sink if your kitchen has wooden flooring.

Keep to a routine of vacuuming once a week and cleaning the floors monthly. Avoid using ammonia or diluted vinegar on wood floors. They will dull the surface of your floor. Instead, try our homemade wood floor cleaner that uses castile soap.

These steps will help preserve the wood floor’s beauty. While you may want to polish your wood floor a few more times each year, it is not necessary to do so more than four times per year.

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