How to Restore Shine to a Hardwood Floor

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Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle

  • White vinegar

  • Vegetable oil

  • Cotton towels

  • Buffer

Hardwood floors can lose their luster as the finish becomes dull. With a little care, you can restore the shine of your floors and create a living space that feels welcoming. Using two household products and a bit of elbow grease, you can avoid having to refinish or replace your flooring.


Restoring the Shine

Step 1

Mix equal parts of vegetable oil and white vinegar in a spay bottle; shake to combine.

Step 2

Spray a section of your floor and rub the solution in with a cotton towel. Use a clockwise motion to apply evenly over each section.

Step 3

Shake the solution every so often to keep the mixture from separating. Spray over the next section of your floor and rub in evenly, removing any excess with your cloth.

Step 4

Buff your floor using a buffer with a screen of 100 grit.


You can rent a buffer from most hardware stores. Since you rarely need to buff your floors, it is normally better to rent rather than buy.