Our Best Tips for Getting Your Hardwood Floors Shining Like New

Hardwood floors are very common in most homes and they offer many benefits regards to maintenance and style. An important question we are asked all the time from our customers who look to COIT is - 

how do I make my hardwood floors shine?

How to Polish Your Hardwood Floors and Make Them Shine Again

Recommended Product: Bona Floor Polish

You can pick up floor polish at any home improvement store like Home Depot. To make your floors shine, you will need to thoroughly sweep or vacuum the floor first. Floor polish is not a cleaner it needs to be applied to a clean surface in order to produce the shining effect.

Cleaning Equipment Needed: Microfiber Cloths

Using microfiber cloths is the most effective way to clean your hardwood floors. They offer added benefits of cleaning your floors at a microscopic level, and they are chemical free. The reason chemical free is so important is because very often we see equipment leaving unwanted remnants onto the hardwood floor. Chemicals can dull hardwood floors and even damage it.

Squirt a small amount of Bona onto the microfiber cloths and go with the grain of the wood, carefully smoothing the polish on. This is all you need to do to make sure your hardwood floors shine. All you need is a vacuum, floor polish, and an effective cloth.

We know our customers care about the look and feel of their home. Having a clean home makes the room more relaxing and delivers a great sense of satisfaction. COIT will share some tips on how to maintain a shining hardwood floor.


Weekly Routine: Sweeping or Vacuuming Your Hardwood Floors

Weekly sweeping or vacuuming your hardwood floors will allow you to remove any specks of dust that are accumulating throughout the week. Doing this will also include the added benefit of removing harsh items that can scratch the floor’s finish. When you sweep and vacuum your floor regularly it reduces the need to really deep clean it with cleaning solutions, mops or other products.

Important! The vacuum head must be a brush or felt type. Be certain the wheels of the vacuum are clean and do not damage the wood’s finish. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar head. 

Besides dirt or abrasives, another thing to keep note of are spills. You want to make sure that if liquid spills on the hardwood floors, you want to quickly wipe up that liquid to protect the wood from absorbing any excess liquid.


Understand The Difference Between Useful and Harmful Cleaning Products

If you absolutely feel the need to clean your floors using a mop then it is important to understand what cleaning solutions will harm your floors. When a cleaning product is needed, we suggest only using a "hardwood specific, non-oil based cleaner." Cleaning products should be sprayed on to the sponge mop or hand towel.

Never pour a cleaner or any other liquid directly on the floor’s surface!

Never use vinegar on hardwood floors. We have heard the trends about jumping to use natural cleaners, and many homeowners jump at the chance to use their home natural cleaner recipes on their hardwood floors. Vinegar is extremely acidic and over time, it will gradually eat away at the finish of your floor, which will make it start to look dull and force you to eventually need to sand the floor and refinish them.

Never wet-mop, damp-mop, or clean your floor with water or other products as this can severely damage the flooring. Do not use hardwood floor cleaning machines or steam cleaners.

Do not use!

  • Oil soaps
  • Vinegar
  • Liquid or paste wax products
  • Household cleaners that contain citrus oils, lemon oil, tung oil, silicon, or ammonia.

These products may leave excess grease on your floors that make maintenance of your hardwood floor very difficult.


Invest in Floor Mats and Pads

Use mats outside and inside entrances to prevent sand and dirt build-up on your hardwood floor. Avoid rubber and other dense mat backings that will prevent airflow beneath the rugs and that retain humidity. Use mats near the sink, dishwasher and working stations to protect the floor from cooking utensils, water spills, detergents, and oils commonly found and used in the kitchen. Stick felt pads under all furniture or chair legs to prevent scratches when moving on hardwood floors.


Forgotten Natural Factors That Affect Wood Floors

The floor needs to be protected from sunlight as well as intense artificial lighting to reduce the discoloration of exposed wood. This phenomenon with wood surfaces is normal and natural and varies according to species. Wood is a natural material that reacts to relative humidity variations when moisture is absorbed or released. Maintain the proper relative humidity in your home between 35% and 55% to prevent any excess moisture of being absorbed by the hardwood floor. 

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