Restore Shine to Wood Floors

by Amy Gordon
(last updated August 12, 2013)

Even though carpeting is softer and a much nicer place to lie down and play with your dogs or cats, hardwood floors are much more decorative and beautiful. Wood floors, when property taken care of, give a shine that makes the whole room look majestic. When the wood floor starts to dull, though, the look of the floor goes quickly from majestic and classy to bland and messy.

There are many professional cleaners out there that are supposed to restore the shine to your hardwood floor, but they can be pricey, and many of them just are not very effective. Instead, try this handy little tip, and you change those dull wood floors into a grand decoration in your home.

To restore the shine in your floor, all you need are two very common household items: white vinegar and vegetable oil. Mix equal parts of the white vinegar and oil and put them into a pump-spray bottle. You may want to swirl the bottle around just a little every few minutes to insure that everything is mixed properly. As with any chemical mixture, if you plan on keeping it in the spray bottle, you should label it. It will help you know what you are using later, and it should also prevent other people using it for something else.

Once you have the mixture in a spray bottle, just squirt a little over the hardwood floor and rub it with a cotton rag. A wax applicator will also work well for rubbing the mixture into the floor. Make sure you cover your whole floor, but you probably only want to do a section at a time, just to make sure you get all of the mixture rubbed in. If there is any leftover solution, make sure to wipe it up with a clean cloth. Then buff your floor until it is back to its original glow.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

MORE FROM AMY

Controlling Cutworms

Cutworms are caterpillar-like garden pests that can cut away at any part of your plants. Stop cutworms from destroying ...

Discover More

Keeping Slugs and Snails Away from Plants

You can create barriers around your plants that will keep out slugs and snails. Crushed eggshells create a rough surface ...

Discover More

Growing Onions

Onions are delicious vegetables that you can grow in your own garden. Plant onions in October in a well drained area ...

Discover More

Remove Stubborn Stains Quickly Get everything looking clean again: Walls, floors, baseboards, counters, blinds, appliances, and more. Micro-scrubbers easily reach into surface grooves, lifting dirt away. This low-cost 8-pack is great for stubborn stains and touble areas. Check out Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 8-Pack today!

More Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Light Oak Floors

Oak floors can be a beautiful addition, and element, of any home. The amazing thing about this wonderful wood is that it ...

Discover More

Caring for and Cleaning Painted Wood Floors

A painted wood floor can add a contemporary and fresh feel to a worn out wooden floor, but it does present some unique ...

Discover More

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors make any home look great, but won't do much to help the look of your home if they're not kept clean. If ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 + 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.