How to Make Hard Wood Floors Shine


Hardwood floors provide a rich and bold appearance to the home. The wood finish leaves a shine that highlights the flooring. As dust and dirt accumulate on wood floors, it removes the shine, leaving the hardwood looking dull and drab. Simply removing the dust and grime from floors restores the shine back to the hardwood finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Dust mop or sweeper without a beater bar
  • White vinegar
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Rags
  • Dust mop the hardwood floors or vacuum with a sweeper without a beater bar.

  • Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into a gallon bucket of water.

  • Dip a sponge into the vinegar wash and squeeze out the excess liquid. Wipe the sponge over a 3-foot-by-3-foot section of the hardwood floor.

  • Clean the vinegar solution from the floor with a clean rag. Continue to the next section of the wood floor, repeating the procedure of cleaning and wiping the floor dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not leave standing water on hardwood floors as they may warp the wood boards. Dry the hardwood completely.
  • Do not spray a furniture polish onto your hard wood floors as the floor can become slippery resulting in accidents.

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