How to Shine Wood Floors
Now more than ever, your home should bring you joy. Every little bit helps to keep peace of mind and make your home a true sanctuary to relax and reenergize. As we get used to new habits and ways of living, prioritizing some time to treat yourself to shiny wood floors is a necessity.
It doesn’t take much effort to shine wood floors. With the right cleaning routine and tools, learning how to make wood floors shine might be easier than you think. Here are some things to consider for shiny, beautiful wood floors.
Establish Your Cleaning Routine
Before wood floors can shine, they need to be clean. Every little bit helps when it comes to cleaning and protecting wood floors. A regular cleaning routine should be followed to eliminate dust, dirt and particles that can damage or dull wood floors. Be sure to follow this easy floor care routine:
- Daily: Dry mop floors with a microfiber dusting pad and mop. Clean spills immediately.
- Weekly: Clean deeper with a vacuum designed for wood floors or use a microfiber spray mop and cleaner formulated for hardwood floors.
- Monthly: Polish wood floors every 2-4 months for extra shine and protection.
- Yearly: Locate a professional to deep clean wood floors. Depending on foot traffic in your home, sand/refinish floors every 3-5 years.
Eliminate Causes for Dull Floors
Sometimes floors get dull for reasons that are simple to fix. When you want to shine wood floors, make sure your cleaning routine isn’t part of the problem.
- Dirty cleaning tools. Using dirty mops or forgetting daily maintenance will only move dirt around and grind it into your floors.
- The wrong cleaners. Cleaning solutions, polishes and waxes not formulated for wood floors or your floor’s finish may leave a hazy film. Check manufacturer’s directions and test a small spot before doing a major cleaning or polishing job.
- Too much cleaning solution. Less is more when it comes to cleaning wood floors. Avoid a mop and bucket and use a spray mop to get just the right amount of cleaner on your floors.
- No scratch protection. High traffic areas need protection. Use mats and remove shoes when entering the home. Particles on your floor can cause scratches and scuffs, which can easily dull the finish on your floor.
Shine and Polish Wood Floors
An easy way to fill in microscratches and shine wood floors is to polish your floors after mopping. After dusting and spray mopping, use a designated microfiber mop pad to apply polish to wood floors to add shine.
Bona floor polish is easy to use and adds a protection and shine with every application. Here are some things to consider for an excellent wood floor shine.
- Prepare floors by removing furniture and making sure floors are clean.
- Before beginning your Polish application, it’s very important that you measure your floor to calculate the square footage of the room (length x width). Once measured, test a small inconspicuous spot before applying on the entire floor.
- Pour polish directly on the floor in an S pattern. Dampen the microfiber pad with polish to start.
- Apply polish in an even layer.
- Keep applicator pad damp with polish to avoid streaking
- Use a designated microfiber pad for polish application that is separate from what you use to clean your floors.
- Replace furniture and resume regular foot traffic when the polish is fully cured, 24 hours after application.