Daily life, kids, pets, and dirt can all make a wooden floor look dull. But, you can bring back all the shine by simply buffing it.
Here’s how you can buff your floor with items you hopefully already have in your home.
The very first thing you will need to do is dust mop your floor. This will pick up dust, dirt, and hair that often gather around the edges and in corners of hardwood floors. You want to make sure you are only dust mopping, not wet mopping, because water can cause the boards to expand and crack. Microfiber mops are great, because they pick up dirt a lot more dirt than your standard mop.
If necessary, take your hardwood floor vacuum for a quick spin. Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar, or rough bristles, as you want to pick up dirt, not beat up the floor. Vacuuming will help pick up any dust or small particles of dirt that your mop might have missed.
Using a microfiber cloth, start wiping down your floor with a circular motion. This will remove any tough dirt that dusting or vacuuming missed, or was unable to pick up. Microfiber cloth also shouldn’t cause any damage to your floors, so no need to worry about how hard you wipe.
Start in a 3 by 3 foot section first to see how it looks and whether it’s working or not. If the result is satisfactory, continue until all sections of your floor have been buffed in the same manner.
If despite your very best efforts, the floor still looks dull, it is time for Plan B.
There are two options for Plan B:
1) White Vinegar
This is an all-natural solution. You can buy white vinegar in 1 gallon containers. This quantity will last you several washings of your floor, as well as any kitchen uses you may have.
Use 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water. White vinegar is an acidic solution which acts as a natural disinfectant. It will take care of alkaline stains, such as soap and hard water. Do not pour white vinegar directly onto the surface, as this can cause a dulling effect. Do not use soap and water, as this will make it look dull and chalky.
Soak a mop in your vinegar and water solution, then wring it out so it is slightly damp. Damp mopping will keep your floors from becoming too wet. Continue, section by section, making sure you always wring your mop so it is only slightly damp.
2) Commercial Floor Shining Products
As the name implies, this is a product you will need to buy. Home Depot, Lowe’s and most home stores will carry these shining products. Most of them will pick up dirty residue, and have an oil that will leave a shine.
Having wood floors can make your home look special. Taking the extra step to keep it shiny just adds a whole new level of elegance.