Wooden floors are elegant, beautiful and easy to maintain. However, dirt and grime can quickly build up due to lack of cleaning or proper maintenance measures.
Thankfully, there are five easy measures that you can use to make your wooden floorings beautiful and shiny again.
Cleaning grime from your wooden floor is the first and most basic step to restore its former lustre.
Get rid of any dust and dirt off your wooden floors simply by cleaning it up with your household cleaning tools – brooms, vacuum and the like.
Refrain from using any abrasive tools or attachments that might leave scratches on the glossy surface, such as vacuums with a beater bar, scrubbing pads, steel wool and other similar cleaning pads.
When most of the dust has been removed from sweeping or vacuuming, mop the floor with just enough moisture – not too much water so that it will cause the wood water damage.
You can use a stand-up buffing machine to remove any minor scratches or scuffs. This can be a time-consuming job, and you can improve the results of your buffing efforts by removing any furniture in its path.
When your room is as empty as possible, you can buff your floors evenly and minimise risks of damage or injuries.
Depending on the type of polish that your floor is currently using, you will need either water-based polish or wax-based polish.
Different polish brands might have different application results, so you will want to find out if you need to sand your floor before you apply the polish.
Test the polish on a small area of the floor usually covered by carpets to see if it would discolour. If there are no signs of damage, you can proceed to apply the polish to the entire floor. Apply the polish in overlapping semi-circle patterns to produce a streak-free finish.
If the wood surface is too scratched up, you can remove any pre-existing wax surface with wax removers. Then, sandpaper the top layer off your floor to make the floor surface even.
This should appear to remove most of the scratches. Try to limit this only to the very top surface – this will make the rest of your sandpaper job much easier and faster to finish.
If any scratches go in too deep, you can consider covering that spot up with a carpet or other similar furnishings. Afterwards, you can apply a new polish layer to your refinished flooring, producing wooden floors that look like they are entirely new!
Hire a Pro
Even if you don’t feel up to any of these tasks, there are wooden floor specialists who can help you with floor sanding, polishing and refinishing.
While this could cost more than doing it yourself, you can be sure that these professionals know what they are doing.
The results will undoubtedly be satisfactory, and you will not need to go through the trouble of learning to do any of the tasks above to make your floors look like brand new again.
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