How Often Should You Polish Your Hardwood Floor?
Your floors take a decent amount of abuse every day. High heels, pet claws, UV light, and heavy furniture all work to undermine your floors. They can damage the finish on the floor, scratch the wood, and fade the stain over time. That’s just normal wear and tear on the floors. Moving in and out of a house or anything out of the ordinary can create even more problems for your floor. Fortunately, you can protect and enhance your floor with floor polish. If you have a floor sealed with a penetrating seal such as oil or shellac, you’ll need to wax the floor. However, if your floor is polyurethane, you’ll need to polish it. You never want to wax a floor coated in polyurethane.
If you’re not sure what kind of finish you have on your floor, find an inconspicuous area in the corner. Using a razor blade, scrape across the surface of the floor. If a clear substance builds up on the blade of the razor, you likely have polyurethane.
Assemble Your Tools
To effectively polish your floor, you need to plan ahead. Move all of the furniture out of the room where you are going to polish so that you can get to every part of the floor. As for tools, you’ll need the polish itself, a flat-head mop, a microfiber cleaning cloth, a broom, and a wood floor cleaner.
Step 1: Clean the Floor
Before you polish the floor, you’ll need to clean up the floor. Sweep it very thoroughly to get up any loose dust and dirt. Then, apply the wood floor cleaner to clean up anything else that might be left on the floor. You can mop the floor with a mild detergent in lieu of a wood floor cleaner but you need to be sure you use as little water as possible. If you mop, you also need to dry up any standing water.
Allow the floor to dry completely before moving on to step two.
Step 2: Polish the Floor
Once the floor is clean and dry, you can begin to polish. Apply the floor polish to the floor and smooth it out with the flathead mop with the microfiber head. Move the mop in the direction of the grain so that any brush strokes will blend in. Be sure to smooth out any air bubbles before moving on. It’s best to work in small areas so that the polish doesn’t begin drying before you can smooth it out. Also, that will help you avoid walking on sections that aren’t dry yet. Three to five-foot sections is probably best. Wait for at least 24 hours before putting the furniture back in the room.