Remember back when you first had your hardwood floor done? Or perhaps you moved into a house with hardwood floors and could not resist the shine and rich color that true wood flooring has. Unfortunately improper cleaning and maintenance can cause wood floors to be lackluster and faded in color. This can actually detract from the look of a home rather than enhance it and many homeowners may be more than frustrated if this is the case.
So what do you do if your once magnificent wood floors that have now faded? Well clean them and shine them of course; however you need to be careful because you can actually damage your solid hardwood flooring further if you go about this the wrong way.
First things first, never use a floor cleaner that is oil based on your wood floor especially if it has been finished with a polyurethane coating. The cleaner can easily remove the coating and ruin the shine of your floor! Instead just use a damp mop to clean it! If it is really dirty and needs a good washing then use a little hardwood floor cleaner on it though a damp mop is good for most occasions.
Next, you want your floor to shine like brand new! Thankfully you can restore an old dull floor to its former glory without having to hire a professional. All you need to do is ensure that your floor is cleaned off first (no dust or dirt) then go purchase yourself some wax or polish for your floor. Once you have your wax or polish you need to completely cover the entire floor with it starting in one corner and moving outward. Take your time and get each board then let the polish or wax sit undisturbed for the recommended period of time (it will vary depending on the product).
While the waxing and polishing process takes quite a while to do by hand, you will see an amazing transformation in your floor. The shine and color will be like new and those painstakingly long hours you spent polishing the floor will be long forgotten as you marvel at what appears to be a completely new hardwood floor beneath your feet!
Proper maintenance and care will ensure that your hard wood floors maintain their beauty throughout the years. Since your floor will add a significant financial boost as well as visual boost to your home, you need to take proper care of it so be sure to wax and polish it when necessary!