When they are dull, they are can take down the entire room. Floors are built to shine, but that sheen can be chipped away at through the scuffling of shoes, movement of heavy furniture or the rays of the sun as it makes its way across the surface of the floor from dawn to dusk. If you have any type of flooring other than carpet, it needs a little TLC from time to time to keep it at its best.
What Wood Needs
Wood floors require regular maintenance. If the wood floors aren't damaged by water or terribly faded from exposure to heat or daylight, then a quick cleaning can bring them up to their former level of shiny beauty. A microfiber mop paired with a good floor cleaner, such as Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray, can pull the shine from dull stores in no time. Start with small sections, such as a 3-foot square area, and work your way from the far corner of the room to the entrance. If you come across heavy scuff marks, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on a damp cloth and give the marks a good scrub. This should be done every other month at the least to keep the floors in the best shape possible.
So-So Stone Turns to Shine
There are serious do's and don'ts to shining up stone floors. Natural stone is an expensive investment in a home so they need a bit of special attention when they begin to lose their sheen. Run a microfiber mop over the stone daily for the best results. Don't use heat, bleach, acid-based cleaners such as lemon juice or vinegar, ammonia or other harsh and abrasive cleaners. A mild vegetable-based soap and warm water should be enough for regular deep cleaning. For stone that needs a deep clean to remove settled in dirt or stains, use a commercial cleaner that specifies that it can be used for natural stone.
Linoleum, Laminate, Tile and More
If you have low-maintenance flooring such as laminate, linoleum or a sealed ceramic tile, a generic shine product can work wonders. Murphy's Oil Soap, Hillyard Super Shine-All Neutral Cleaner and Holloway House Quick Shine are a few products to test out on your flooring. Apply a small amount to an area that isn't easily seen before slopping down great amounts in the middle of your floor. This can let you know if the product works well or leaves a stain on your type of flooring. Always read the manufacturer's recommendations before applying any commercial product.
Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of experience writing for a variety of clients, including The New York Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal Home section and other national publications. As a professional writer she has researched, interviewed sources and written about home improvement, interior design and related business trends. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her full bio and clips can be viewed at www.vegaswriter.com.