With all the constant beating on your wood floors; kid’s play-thing, stilettos, pet nails and the movement of furniture, just to name a few! As firm as wood floors may be, their finish is prone to scratch marks and scrapes.
Well you may think of “Refinishing” – this involves the application of new finish to your wood floor – the thing about this method is that, it can be costly and you really wouldn’t want to spend that much, when you can get the same outlook by “Polishing” – is an easy, cost-effective method to get the lustrous look, hide imperfections, and eventually prolong the life of your wood floor.
And you don’t have to do much, all it entails is you getting some materials like,
• Microfiber cleaning pad
• Flat-head mop
Wood floor polish (Bona) comes in two types of sheets (low – or high – gloss) and much more.
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Now whether you choose to polish or not solely depend on your finish type. For protective surface type; using a waterproof block like urethane would be beneficial, but floors using penetrating finish such as open wood, or tung oil would need a wax not polish.
Note: Applying the wrong product to your wood floor can result in a host of adverse consequences, trying to make your wood floor too smooth which eventually dulls the finish, and impede proper refinishing. For this cause, it's important you know the kind of wood floor.
Well if you’re unsure of the type of wood floor you have, no need to worry, the first step in this guide would be testing your wood floor to know what finish it uses so you don’t damage your wood floor, so you’d know if you’d get a wax or continue learning how you can polish your wood floor
Let’s list what you need in order to follow along
• Sponge mop
• Bona (polish) wood floor
• Broom and vacuum/dustpan
• Flathead mop
• Microfiber Pad
Now it’s time we start with the steps you need to take to bring that beautiful wood floor of yours shinning back again.
Steps to polish your wood floor
Step 1: Test the finish on your wood floor
Now if you’re not sure of what type of finish on your wood floor you’re using, you can scratch off a tiny bit from a hidden area using a sharp knife.
First: if you notice the finish is smeared but can’t find any material is clearly scraped up, then you are using a penetrating finish on your wood floor. Please do not go on with a polish, stop here; those kinds of wood floor finish can only be waxed
Second: if you notice a clear material, then your flooring has a surface finish, and this can be polished. Wait! To be safe, test the polish in a hidden area on the wood before moving to the entire floor
Step 2: Clean and clear your wood floor of both dirt particles and furniture to make space
After checking to be sure your type of floor finish you are using, the next thing would be to make space for polishing your wood floor. What you can do is polish the wood floor, I recommend you move all the furnishing around your sitting room because these objects can cause dents, scratches on areas you just polished.
If you have bulky furniture or no ample space, then you can work in two parts. The way you do this, is by, moving all the furniture sets to one side while you polish the free part and vice-versa.
Before you start polishing your wood floor though, you need to ensure your wood floor is clean. First, you would have to sweep it using the broom or your vacuum instead. This process is necessary because it will help pick up debris and dirt particles, so it doesn’t make the polishing process ineffective. Ensure you clean every corner without leaving any dust.
When you’re done cleaning every dust and dirt particle, what you should focus on next is to use a humid mop not necessarily wet, you can choose to use with a wood floor cleaner, although it depends on solely how your wood floor is, after mopping leave it to dry, but if you’re in a haste you can choose to use a dry mop to hasten the process.
Step 3: Polish your wood floor to lustrous
To start the polishing process, begin by mapping a path that would have you end at the exit, after mapping the path, pour a small acyclic – pattern of wood floor polish onto your floor. I recommend you using a flat-surface mop, then move along the path, back and forth while following the wood grain, straightening out any swelling. Starting working in small areas (ensure it’s 3 to 5 feet wide in either direction) so you can control the flow of the polish applied on your wood floor.
If you’re polishing your wood floor you’d notice that some thin layers get dried more rapidly than its counterparts, so this means you would have to apply another coat whenever necessary.
Note: When polishing, be careful not splash against your wall, because it can stain your drywall
Step 4: Wait for a day before putting things back
After the polishing, wait for about one hour before you allow any ray of light entering through the room, and then wait for a day before you move your belongings back to their spot. Take note; when returning your belongings, avoid scratching, the way to do this is avoid dragging or sliding any furniture when returning them, instead pick them up individually and place gently.
Note: I recommend you attach furniture pads underneath heavy ones to protect your wood floor.
Step 5: Tips to abide by for long-lasting polish on your wood floor
By now your floor should be sparkling, looking new, for you to maintain this new look, there are certain rules you can abide by, so you have a long-lasting polish on your wood floor.
First: you can place rugs at every door in your home, this way you prevent dirt from tracking dirt back inside.
Anywhere you use the wood floor, it could be your kitchen, if you use one there, then place a rug underneath the sink so it traps drops of water.
Second: start a regular routine of vacuuming at least weekly, then cleaning your floors specifically, monthly. Avoid any homemade cleaning solutions that have bouts of ammonia, diluted vinegar, most times these solutions only dull your surface-finished floor.
Following these guidelines would help in preserving your wood floor’s lustrous look. You can still polish your wood floor a few times a year yearly, as required, I recommend you polish not more than four times each year
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