The Best Way to Polish a Wood Floor

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The Best Way to Polish a Wood Floor
Keep your wood floors looking like new by polishing them often. (texture of red wood - can be used as background image by Elnur from

Keeping your wood floors polished will not only make them look glossy and new, but will also hide tiny scratches from view. Your wood floors should be cleaned every week and polished once a month. It is recommended that the floors be sanded and re-stained once every five years to keep the wood looking its best. When it comes to polishing your floors, it doesn't need to be a back-breaking, body-aching fiasco. A few simple tips will get your wood floors looking great, without straining your body.

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Wet cleaning cloth and wet sweeper
  • Wood floor cleaner and polish
  • Lint-free cloth(s)

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  1. 1

    Sweep the entire hardwood floor area. This will pick up any dirt, grit and dust. Sweep all the dirt into a dustpan and discard.

  2. 2

    Go over your wood floors with a wet cleaning cloth. Place the cleaning cloth onto the wet sweeper that is purchased with the cloths (these can be purchased at home improvement or grocery stores). Run over the entire floor with the wet cloth. This will pick up leftover dirt and dust as well as completely clean the floors.

  3. 3

    Apply the wood floor polish directly to the floor (about half a cup of polish is good for one room).

  4. 4

    Place a lint-free cloth onto the sweeper from Step 2 (attach the cloth to the sweeper as you did the wet cloths). Moving with the grain of the floor (not against it), spread the polish throughout the entire floor. Switch to a new lint-free cloth and wipe up the excess polish.

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