Wooden floors have an ageless charm that can be captivating. The patina of a hard wood floor that glows and gleams with age and polished smooth, though worn out by foot traffic over the years has its own poignant tale to tell. There is no doubt that a polished wooden floor can be beautiful, but maintaining it can be quite hard. Regular polishing and elbow grease are a must, or the floor will look worn out and dull.
Though some people recommend usage of vinegar and water to bring back the shine to the wooden floors, the acid in the vinegar will ruin the wood in the longer run. If you want to get your wood floors shining again, get a wood finishing product. This is the only way to take care of your old wooden floors. There are many quality brands that are available that will help you bring back the sheen to your beloved floors.
The first step is to properly clean the floor; sweep away all the dust and mop up the floor to remove grime and oil, if any. Use a wood cleaner to get satisfactory results.
Wood Finishing Product
If you want a glossy finish, refinish the wood using a water based wood finishing product. These water based finishing products are more durable than wax based ones, and so will keep your wooden floors protected for longer periods of time. First clean the floors; then apply a minimum of two coats of One-step wood finish with a soft, clean cloth. Take care to apply the finish in the same direction of the wood grain, as it will enhance the grains and bring them into prominence. Then let dry for one hour at least, before applying another coat with a soft clean cloth. Once this coat is dry, the wooden floor is hard-finished and should stay glossy for a long time.
Today wooden floors are available in a range of colors, textures and finishes to suit everyone’s tastes and décor. Your hardwood floors have to be strong enough to withstand the constant foot traffic, the scrape of furniture and pets moving around. Some of the sturdier woods that make ideal floor choices are oak, hickory and maple. One of the recently added and popular wood choices for floors due to its eco-friendly credentials is bamboo. Though it has been used in the Far East for thousands of years, here in the US, it is a relatively new choice for wooden floors. Whatever wood you end up choosing for your floors, make sure that it is well-cared for. A weekly dusting and vacuuming is vital to the life of the floor and can extend the beauty of the floor about four times over. As long as you take good care of it by routine maintenance, your wooden floor will reflect your loving care.
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