Restore the shine to hardwood floors by removing dust or dirt using a vacuum or dust mop, cleaning the floor with a hardwood cleaner, and buffing the surface of the floor until it is dry. The amount of time needed to complete the process depends on the size of the room.Continue Reading
Before attempting to damp mop the floors, remove all dust and dirt. Use a vacuum or dust mop to remove loose accumulations instead of a broom that sometimes scratches the finish. Adding moisture to the existing dust robs the floors of their shine.
If the floor is new, check with the manufacturer, who might recommend a specific cleaner for the floor, as most manufacturers offer proprietary brands. Otherwise, use a hardwood cleaner that's designed for floors, and follow the instructions on the bottle. Avoid using too much cleaner, as buildup can make the floor look dull.
Once the floor is clean, buff it with a microfiber cloth or other absorbent material to dry. Allowing the hardwood floor to air-dry causes streaks and dulls the shine.
If the floor remains dull, wax buildup might be the problem. Remove the wax using an appropriate commercial product.
To make wood floors shine, sweep them daily to prevent grime from scratching the surface, mix a homemade cleaner, mop the floors weekly using the cleaner, and buff the floor to a shine using a towel. You need a broom or dust mop, a spray bottle, a mop, distilled vinegar, vegetable oil and an old towel to complete this project.Full Answer >
The Do It Yourself Network suggests using tea to put a shine on hardwood floors; the tannic acid within creates a beautiful shine. Steep two teabags in boiling water for several minutes, then while the tea cools, sweep or vacuum the hardwood floor. Place the tea in a bucket, and dip a soft cleaning cloth into the solution. Squeeze out the cloth until it is damp, and wash the floor.Full Answer >
To restore the shine on a laminate floor, sweep the floor to remove dust and debris, and use a microfiber mop dampened with a solution of 1 cup of white vinegar per 1 gallon of water to clean the floor. Dry the floor with a lint-free cloth, and apply a commercial laminate polish to the floor according to the instructions on the product packaging. Apply a second coat of the polish, and allow the floor to dry for 24 hours.Full Answer >
Cleaning tips for linoleum floors include sweeping daily to remove dust and dirt that can mar the finish and mopping regularly using cold water and the cleaner the manufacturer recommends. Mopping with a damp mop prevents saturating the flooring with water, which causes problems like warping or staining.Full Answer >