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.
- Remove dust and dirt from floors
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.
- Use the a hardwood cleaner
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.
- Buff the floor dry
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.
- Check for wax buildup
If the floor remains dull, wax buildup might be the problem. Remove the wax using an appropriate commercial product.