Polishing your hardwood floors every 2-4 months is an easy and cost-effective way to maintain their pristine look. However, improper polishing or using the wrong product can permanently stain your floor and cause damage.
To prevent that, our experts will walk you through the proper steps to polish wooden floors in this article. It will help you maintain the shine of your handsome hardwood floor and restore its sheen.
Steps To Polish Wooden Floors
⇒ Materials Needed
- Wood floor polish
- Microfiber mop
- Flathead mop
- Floor cleaner
- Paint thinner
1. Test The Finish
Before you polish the floors, you should know your hardwood floor’s finish. It can be either the penetrating type or the surface one. To test the finish, apply a few drops of paint thinner to a hidden and inconspicuous area of your floor and observe.
- If there are no bubbles, your floor has a penetrating finish. You can only wax these surfaces instead of polishing them.
- On the other hand, if there are bubbles, you have a surface-type finish, and it’s safe to polish them.
2. Prepare The Room
After testing out the finish, clear out the room by removing the furniture. Get your family members to help you remove the more heavy items. Then, sweep or vacuum your floor to remove the dirt and dust.
Also, mop the area with 1 cup of liquid dish soap in a gallon of warm water. Finally, give your floor a last pass with a mop dipped in plain water and dry it with a clean microfiber cloth.
3. Buff The Area
The next step is to buff your floor and prepare it for polishing. Apply floor cleaner to the surface and start rubbing with a microfiber mop. Work in small 3×3 areas and clean in a circular motion until you cover the entire room.
4. Apply The Polish
Read the instructions on the floor polish and test it on a hidden spot on your wood floor. Then start polishing from the back of the room and work your way towards the exit. Cover the drywalls and baseboards, as polish can stain these areas.
Pour the amount of polish on the floor resembling the letter S. Take a flat-head mop and work the polish back and forth on the floor. Work in the direction of the wood grain and even out the bubbles that form.
Work in small areas to control the amount of polish you apply and coat the entire floor. Initially, apply thin layers of the polish as thick ones will take more time to dry. If you feel the coat is thin after polishing, apply another layer to reach the desired thickness.
5. Post Polish Instructions
After you apply the polish, let it dry undisturbed for at least 2-3 hours. Keep toddlers and pets away from the room by blocking it with tape and using baby barriers.
Wait 24 hours before moving the furniture and other belongings back into the room. Lift any items you move into the room instead of dragging them to prevent scratches and dents on the new polish. We recommend adding furniture pads underneath heavy furniture to protect hardwood floors from damage.
⇒ Aftercare Tips
Here are a few things you can do to keep your polished floor looking good for longer.
- Place area rugs at the room’s entrance to catch dirt and dust, preventing wear and scratches.
- Vacuum and mop your hardwood floor at least 2-3 times a week and get it deep cleaned once every 4-6 months.
- Avoid using any products containing harsh chemicals on your hardwood floor. Always test the product before use.
- Inspect your floor for damage like scratches and dents periodically. It will help you address the issues quickly and prevent future problems.
These measures will maintain the shine and polish of your hardwood floor until you apply the polish the next time.
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