How to Shine Dull Hardwood Floors


Hardwood floors add beauty and value to a home. But over time, hardwood floors begin to dull, no matter how well they are maintained, particularly in high-traffic areas. There are numerous commercial wood cleaners to choose from, however, many of these leave dull or cloudy areas on the floors. Save yourself a little money by using common, environmentally friendly household ingredients. Restore shine to dull hardwood floors without leaving residue.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop
  • Water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Soft cloth
  • Vacuum the hardwood floors thoroughly, paying close attention to any small gaps between floor boards where crumbs or dust have gathered.

  • Mop the floor with a damp mop; allow to dry.

  • Pour 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup vegetable oil in a spray bottle. Shake bottle until thoroughly mixed.

  • Spray vinegar/oil solution onto floor, one small section at a time. Rub with a soft cloth until dry and shiny. Shake bottle before moving on to each section.

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