How to restore shine and gloss to a hardwood floor
Most people want to save money whenever possible, but those who decide to use products that “restore shine” to a hardwood floor should take care to remember the tried and true adage: you get what you pay for.
The point of using a do-it-yourself product is to avoid having to pay for wood floor repairs such as professional recoating or hardwood sanding and finishing. These products, however, typically sold in home renovation stores, have major drawbacks. Not all of them are compatible with the various kinds of finishes that are used on today’s modern hardwoods. Using an incompatible product runs the risk of ruining the finish completely. A best practices approach to this problem is to ask the manufacturer of your flooring about the finish so you can determine if a particular product that promises to “restore shine” is compatible or not.
Even when a product is fully compatible, however, another problem remains. Application of shine restoration products is far from simple. In essence, you will be applying an extremely thin layer of finish. It is essential to sweep and vacuum the floor thoroughly to remove every trace of debris. This is easier said than done, but it is absolutely imperative. Any dust or grit that remains on the floor will be sealed into the new finish you are applying. The results can be unsightly if the floor was not clean enough to begin with.
Rather than use a do-it-yourself shine restoration product, have your floors professionally sanded and resealed.