If you just bought an existing home, and the wood floor has lost it's shine, don't replace the floor. All you have to do is give it some tender loving care. Wood floors need plenty of maintenance to keep them looking their best. Unfortunately, if they're neglected for too long, they can start looking worn out before their time. Here are some steps you can take to restore the appearance of your hardwood floor:
Remove the Dirt
When it comes to wood floors, one of the most important things you can do is remove the dirt. In most cases, a thorough cleaning will allow the luster to shine through.
When cleaning your wood floor, the first thing you need to do is remove the dust. You can either vacuum the floor or use a dry mop method to remove the loose dirt and dust. To use the dry mop method, wrap a soft cloth around the end of your mop, and slowly move it across your floor. The cloth will capture all the loose dirt and dust without scratching your wood flooring.
To clean your wood floors you'll need a bucket of warm water, a few drops of grease-cutting dish detergent, and a clean mop. Make sure the bucket is clean, too. You don't want to accidentally scratch your floor with a piece of sand or dirt from the bucket. Wring the mop out very well; until it's almost dry. Mop your floor going with the grain. Allow the floor to air dry.
Once your floor is dry, you'll need to buff it with a clean, soft cloth to restore the luster. Holding the cloth in your hand, buff the floor slowly, moving the cloth in a circular pattern.
Replace the Finish
If your deep-cleaning didn't restore the shine, it's time to replace the finish. You can do this yourself in an afternoon. Here are some step-by-step instructions:
Remove the Existing Finish
To replace the finish on your hardwood floor, you'll need to rough up the original finish. You can do that using a renting a buffing machine. Roughing up the old finish will allow the new finish to seep into the wood grain for a good seal.
Apply the New Finish
Once the old finish has been roughed up, you'll be ready to apply the new finish. Use a good polyurethane finish that you can find at any home improvement center. Roll the polyurethane finish onto your floor using a standard foam paint roller. Be sure to begin at the corner farthest away from the door, and work your way towards the door as you apply the sealant. Otherwise, you'll paint yourself into a corner. Allow the finish to air dry overnight before applying the second coat.
Contact a company that offers quality flooring products for more information and assistance.