Hardwood floors offer an attractive and low-maintenance flooring option when properly protected with a finish, but over the course of time become dull and lose their luster. Oil-based finishes are among the most popular because they both protect and extend the life of the floor. Sand the floor before applying the oil-based finish. Oil a hardwood floor as needed to maintain its shiny appearance.
Things You'll Need
- Scouring pad
- Spray bottle
- Lemon oil
- White vinegar
- Vegetable oil
Clean the floor thoroughly. Vacuum up any dirt, dust or debris.
Remove any scratches by scrubbing them with a sponge or scouring pad dampened with lemon oil. Scrub the scratches gently.
Mix a solution of equal parts of white vinegar and vegetable oil in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle to combine the solution.
Spray the solution onto the hardwood floor. Spray one section of your floor at a time. Rub the solution into the floor's finish with a cotton cloth or rag. Applying the solution by hand is the best method, but you can also do it with a mop. Pour some of the solution onto the mop and rub it into the floor.
Blot up any excess solution with a rag.
Repeat the entire process, if necessary.
Buff your floor until it has a shiny appearance.
Tips & Warnings
- If you prefer, work the solution into the floor with a wax applicator.
- Spread the oil solution evenly on the floor.
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