How to get your hardwood floors shining again - HMS National, Inc.

How to get your hardwood floors shining again

July 24, 2014

If you recently purchased a home, you know what kind of premium there is on hardwood floors. That's because they provide a room with a certain polish and distinction that you can't get with wall-to-wall carpeting.

But if you've lived in a home with hardwood floors for a while now, you may have noticed the shine that caught your attention the first time you set foot on the floor isn't quite as brilliant as it once was.

How do you revive your hardwood floor's luster? These tips may help provide you with a strategy for making it gleam again.

Here are some of the tools you'll need:

  • Floor mop
  • Dust mop
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Emptied-out spray bottle
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil

1. The first thing you want to do is use a dust mop. Even if you keep your floors spick and span, dust accumulates awfully fast. So be sure to use a reliable dust mop that will get the floor ready for its treatment.

2.  Once you've thoroughly dusted, pour about  1 cup of white vinegar into a spray bottle with equal parts water. In order to give your floor its signature shine, though, add about a tablespoon of olive oil or vegetable oil as well. Re-apply the cap and nozzle to the bottle and give it a shake in order to effectively mix it up.

3. Cover the floor by spraying the mixture so that it's nice and damp from corner to corner.

4. Now you can mop the vinegar, water and oil mixture into the floor, allowing the wood to absorb it. The vinegar works by helping to rid the floor of dirt you may have not been able to remove, while the oil should get it looking shiny.

5. After it's had some time to settle, be sure to mop up any remaining residue to reduce the slip factor on your floors. 

For optimal results, use this cleaning method once a week in order to maintain your floor's shine. Floor care experts caution, though, that if the hardwood doesn't have exactly the same type of shimmer that it had when it was brand new, this is to be expected. It's hard to get a floor looking like it did when no one walked on it, but time and use make that virtually impossible. Besides, you want to enjoy your hardwood floor, not observe it from a distance.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.