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Cleaning Tips | 2019 | Hardwood Floor Polishing

Many times it is not necessary to pay for expensive and time consuming hardwood floor refinishing when inexpensive consumer based options are available.  If your hardwood is in reasonable condition and not damaged then you may want to try hardwood polish products to see if it gives your floor a kick-start.

These tips are for any hardwood floors that have a water based urethane finish (modern floors including engineered hardwood typically).  All other finish types such as oil based finishes are excluded and these techniques are not recommended.

hardwood floor maintenance

Tools & Materials

  • Broom and dustpan or vacuum
  • Wood floor cleaner or dishwashing soap and water
  • Towel
  • Bona wood floor polish
  • Microfiber flathead mop
  • About 8 microfiber cleaning heads


Clean Hardwood Floors

Empty the room and clean the floor to remove dust and dirt. Sweep and dust mop before wet mopping with a commercial wood floor cleaner.

Polish Hardwood Floors

Start in a back corner of the room, pour a small S-shaped amount of wood floor polish onto the floor. Using a flat-microfiber mop, work the solution back and forth in the direction of the wood grain, smoothing out any air bubbles. Work in small areas to control the amount of polish you’ve applied. Make sure to completely coat the floor, thin layers will dry more rapidly than thick ones.


Wait a minimum of one hour before allowing light traffic through the room and about 24 hours before moving furniture back in.

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Restoring Hardwood Floor Lusther
If you have engineered hardwood floors or any hardwood floors that where finished with a water based urethane then you may be able to restore their beauty without resorting to expensive and time consuming refinishing.
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