How to Polish Hardwood Floors

How to Polish Hardwood Floors to Preserve Their Luster and Shine

Many homeowners are confused as to how to polish hardwood floors so that their original luster is restored and preserved. In the following article, we will not only see how hardwood floors are polished, but also go over few important cleaning methods...
When it comes to flooring options, homeowners have different ideas to choose from. Right from wall-to-wall carpets to hardwood floors, ceramic tiles or laminate floors; all these options are best suited for any kind of home. The decision however, entirely lies with the homeowners as the final d├ęcor of the entire home depends on this. Now just by installing fancy floors, such as hardwood flooring, isn't a one time investment. You not only have to maintain the upkeep in order, cleaning and polishing the floors is also vital. Hardwood floors give a balance between elegance and warmth in your home and that's why, this flooring is preferred by many. It sets the mood of comfort and can easily enhance the ambiance of a room without having to do too much. So if you are planning on installing hardwood flooring or already have them installed in your living room and/or bedroom, then this article is of utmost importance to you. We are going to see some essential steps that have to be taken into consideration for keeping the floors from losing its shine. So, keep reading.

Cleaning the Floors

Before we learn how these floors can be polished, we need to find out how these floors should be cleaned. Without cleaning them thoroughly, we can't think of polishing them as dirt, debris, or any other substances can scratch the surface of the floor. So to avoid something like this, let's check out the best way to clean the floors.

Step #1 - First of all, clear the room so that you can clean the entire floor properly. Move the furniture and take out the rugs, if any. You want to make sure that the room is clear for you to move about easily.

Step #2 - Take a broom or lightweight vacuum cleaner for hardwood floors to clean the area. If you are using a broom, make sure it has soft bristles as certain brooms can scratch the surface. Apart from a broom, you can even use a vacuum cleaner that is recommended for such floors to remove all dirt, dust, and debris.

Step #3 - Next, you are supposed to mop the entire floor. You can either use a commercial hardwood floor cleaning solution or opt for a simple homemade solution. To mix up a batch at home, take a bucket to mix water and mild dishwashing liquid.

Step #4 - Now before you begin mopping, do a little test in an area which is not visible to people; somewhere underneath the furniture. There are different types of finishing applied on these floors, which is why it is important to be careful while mopping. So avoid using oil or wax while cleaning and mopping the floors as they can make the surface slippery and/or give a dull finish.

Step #5 - Use the damp mop on the entire floor so that you don't leave out any area. Begin from the windows or the far end of the room, and work your way towards the door. This way, you won't leave any footprints on the floor.

Step #6 - Finally, before the floor dries, dip the mop in clean water and remove access water out. We want a damp mop to be smeared across the floor to remove the soapy solution. Remember, water is not very good for wooden floors, so do this quickly. Once the floor is dry, you can begin polishing it.

Polishing the Floors

Step #1 - Before we polish, the floors need to be buffed properly. For that, you may have to rent a buffer from any home appliance store and follow the instructions for the machine as mentioned. Depending on your particular requirements, regarding the floor, you can consult with someone at the store while renting the buffer.

Step #2 - If your floors have wax on them, it would be wise to remove it before applying a fresh coat. To do so, you need to use a wax stripper or purchase a commercial mineral spirit and follow the instructions provided. Once the old wax is removed, go to the next step.

Step #3 - The floor needs to be completely dry before the new layer of wax is applied. So open the windows and let the floor dry thoroughly. Use clean rags to apply wax on the floor. Work in small areas, starting from the inside of the room and work your way outwards.

Step #4 - In the end, the new wax coat has to dry completely. Once that is achieved, all that is left to do is buff the floors. To do so, use a buffing machine and buff the floors. This will give your hardwood floors a good shine.

Polishing these floors is fairly simple and you don't necessarily require a lot of maintenance. Just following regular cleaning and polishing routines are necessary. Make sure that you clean spills on the floor immediately and remove scratch marks. If you keep your floors clean and free of dirt and debris, they will last for many years, keeping their initial luster intact.
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