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How to Shine Hardwood Floors

Chandramita Bora Nov 8, 2018
Regular dusting and cleaning are sufficient to maintain the shine and luster of your hardwood floor. However, if the floor has lost the shine of the varnish, you can consider to apply a polish to get back its original shine.
The majestic look of the hardwood floor is inimitable. No other flooring material can give your home the exotic look that wood floors can give. Wood floors can give unmatched elegance and a classy look to a house.
But if not maintained and cleaned properly, they can lose their shine and become dull. But it is possible to bring back their lost shine and glory unless they are badly damaged.

Restoring the Lost Glory of Hardwood Floors

Regular cleaning is a must to maintain the shine and look of your wood floor. If not cleaned regularly, dust, dirt, and sand can accumulate on the floor, and scratch and scour the surface, making it dull and lifeless.
Basically, there are three steps for maintaining hardwood floors - dusting, cleaning, and polishing. Polishing is usually not required for new floors, as well as floors with polyurethane coating.

Regular Dusting

Dusting should be done on a regular basis to keep abrasive substances like sand, grit, and dust away from your floor. For this, consider to sweep the floor on a regular basis with the help of a soft-bristled broom. Brooms with hard bristles should be avoided, as they can scratch the surface.
Vacuuming is also important to keep your floor clean, and this can be done once or twice a week. However, do not use a vacuum cleaner with a beater brush attachment. Instead, opt for the one with a soft brush attachment for cleaning your wood floor.


If possible, the floor should be cleaned once in every week. If it is not possible, then you can clean the floor one or twice in a month. The floor should not be exposed to excessive moisture while cleaning.
Always use a damp mop for cleaning the floor. First, damp the mop with soapy water and wipe the floor gently. Now, wipe the floor once more with clean water, and then dry it with a soft and dry cloth.
Many people recommend the use of vinegar mixed with water to clean hardwood floors. But substances like vinegar and lemon juice are deemed to be quite acidic for cleaning furniture and floors made of hardwood. Such products can cause the polyurethane coating to wear away over a period of time, which can eventually dull the finish.
Therefore, it is better and safe to use a floor cleaner that is recommended by the manufacturer. While choosing a commercial floor cleaner, make sure that it has a neutral pH, and it does not contain harsh and abrasive chemicals like ammonia.


Polishing, is not always required to restore the shine of your hardwood floor. Regular dusting and cleaning are enough to keep your floor clean and shiny. Polishing is required only when the floor has lost the original shine of the varnish.
In such a case, you can choose a polish that is recommended by the manufacturer of the floor. For polishing your floor, first apply the polish with a damp cloth, after which buff the area with a soft and dry cloth.
Before using any cleaning product on your floor, be sure to apply it on a small area to avoid possible damage. If the aforementioned steps fail to bring back the original shine of your floor, then consider to take the help of a professional, after which you can maintain its new look with regular dusting and cleaning.