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David Papazian/Digital Vision/Getty Images My husband and I just moved into a new home. One of the things we loved most was the wood floors. I've tried several different ways of mopping them, only to have them streaky and dull every single time. How can I get back the shine that they first had?Hardwood floors are beautiful, durable, and add a lot of value to a home. And, yet, many people are scared of them. Hardwood floors have a reputation of being high maintenance which scares off a lot of people. One of the biggest complaints I hear from readers is that their once shiny hardwood floor has become dull and dingy. There are a few different reasons why a hardwood floor may lose its shine.Decide If the Floor Needs to Be RefinishedFinish on hardwood floors does not last forever. It may be that your floors need to be refinished. You can extend the life of a floor finish by making a no shoe policy, clipping pet nails, and using furniture protectors. Even with these precautions, eventually, a hardwood floor will need to be refinished. If droplets of water bead up on the most worn parts of your floor, then your finish is likely intact. If, however, droplets of water soak into the floor turning it white or gray, your finish needs some attention.Check for Wax BuildupĀ If you regularly use wax on your floor, it may need to be stripped off. Waxing over time dulls the finish of your floor. Waxing should only be done twice a year, but a lot of people end up doing it more often. There are commercially available products that can help you remove the wax buildup from your floor.Make Sure You Aren't Mopping a Dirty FloorBefore you attempt to use any wet mop on a hardwood floor, the floor needs to be thoroughly swept or vacuumed. Leaving dirt and particles on the floor to be mixed around with a wet mop will leave streaks, scratches, and residue on the floor. A thorough sweeping and vacuum job is necessary to a shiny result. If you decide to sweep, use a dust mop to avoid scratching your floor with a broom.Experiment to Find the Right Products for Your Floor TypeThere are a lot of products that market themselves as hardwood floor cleaners but don't measure up. A good place to start is finding out what your floor manufacturer recommends. Be warned that what manufacturer recommends may be their product. It will, however, give you a good idea of the type of product you should be looking at. No, you are not doomed to buy expensive hardwood floor cleaner for the rest of your life, but it may take a little experimenting to find a cleaner that leaves the wood the way you want it to look.Don't Be Tempted to Use Too Much Cleaner to Achieve a shineKnowing how much of any cleaner to use is an important skill. It's tempting to add a lot to get the desired results, but in most cases, this doesn't work out. Remember more soap does not equal cleaner. Floor cleaner is rarely used liberally. Instead, it is used sparingly. This is especially important for hardwood floors that can become damaged when over wet. Use products and water sparingly. Wipe up spills right away. Protect the floors, and they will keep their beauty.Be Sure to Buff Hardwood Floors DryOne other trick that can help restore shine to your hardwood floors is to buff them after they've been mopped. One friend swears by clean cloth diapers to buff her floors to shine. Others use microfiber cloths or flat mop heads to get the job done. Failing to buff a drying floor is like begging for streaks that will keep your floor from looking shiny. Take the time to buff the floor dry and enjoy the shine. Read More


My husband and I just moved into a new home. One of the things we loved most was the wood floors. I've tried several different ways of mopping them, only to have them streaky and dull every single time. How can I get back the shine that they first had?Hardwood floors are beautiful, durable, and add a lot of value to a home. And, yet, many people are scared of them. Hardwood floors have a reputation of being high maintenance which scares off a lot of people. One of the biggest complaints I hear from readers is that their once shiny hardwood floor has become dull and dingy. There are a few different reasons why a hardwood floor may lose its shine.Decide If the Floor Needs to Be RefinishedFinish on hardwood floors does not last forever. It may be that your floors need to be refinished. You can extend the life of a floor finish by making a no shoe policy, clipping pet nails, and using furniture protectors. Even with these precautions, eventually, a hardwood floor will need to be refinished. If droplets of water bead up on the most worn parts of your floor, then your finish is likely intact. If, however, droplets of water soak into the floor turning it white or gray, your finish needs some attention.Check for Wax BuildupĀ If you regularly use wax on your floor, it may need to be stripped off. Waxing over time dulls the finish of your floor. Waxing should only be done twice a year, but a lot of people end up doing it more often. There are commercially available products that can help you remove the wax buildup from your floor.Make Sure You Aren't Mopping a Dirty FloorBefore you attempt to use any wet mop on a hardwood floor, the floor needs to be thoroughly swept or vacuumed. Leaving dirt and particles on the floor to be mixed around with a wet mop will leave streaks, scratches, and residue on the floor. A thorough sweeping and vacuum job is necessary to a shiny result. If you decide to sweep, use a dust mop to avoid scratching your floor with a broom.Experiment to Find the Right Products for Your Floor TypeThere are a lot of products that market themselves as hardwood floor cleaners but don't measure up. A good place to start is finding out what your floor manufacturer recommends. Be warned that what manufacturer recommends may be their product. It will, however, give you a good idea of the type of product you should be looking at. No, you are not doomed to buy expensive hardwood floor cleaner for the rest of your life, but it may take a little experimenting to find a cleaner that leaves the wood the way you want it to look.Don't Be Tempted to Use Too Much Cleaner to Achieve a shineKnowing how much of any cleaner to use is an important skill. It's tempting to add a lot to get the desired results, but in most cases, this doesn't work out. Remember more soap does not equal cleaner. Floor cleaner is rarely used liberally. Instead, it is used sparingly. This is especially important for hardwood floors that can become damaged when over wet. Use products and water sparingly. Wipe up spills right away. Protect the floors, and they will keep their beauty.Be Sure to Buff Hardwood Floors DryOne other trick that can help restore shine to your hardwood floors is to buff them after they've been mopped. One friend swears by clean cloth diapers to buff her floors to shine. Others use microfiber cloths or flat mop heads to get the job done. Failing to buff a drying floor is like begging for streaks that will keep your floor from looking shiny. Take the time to buff the floor dry and enjoy the shine.


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The deep shine and luster of a properly cleaned wood floor adds warmth to a room. Unfortunately, many wood floor cleaners contain toxic chemicals that you may not want in your home. Plain water won't clean the floors and make them shine. Water can actually damage the floor, depending on the finish, since the wood absorbs the moisture and swells. Making your nontoxic cleaners allows you to remove the grime that dulls the floor and condition the wood so it retains its luster.


Hardwood floors are beautiful, durable, and add a lot of value to a home. And, yet, many people are scared of them. Hardwood floors have a reputation of being high maintenance which scares off a lot of people.