How to Shine Dull Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors add beauty and value to a home. But over time, hardwood floors begin to dull, no matter how well they are maintained, particularly in high-traffic areas. There are numerous commercial wood cleaners to choose from, however, many of these leave dull or cloudy areas on the floors. Save yourself a little money by using common, environmentally friendly household ingredients. Restore shine to dull hardwood floors without leaving residue.

Help keep your hardwood floors looking new by wiping up spills immediately.

Step 1

Vacuum the hardwood floors thoroughly, paying close attention to any small gaps between floor boards where crumbs or dust have gathered.

Step 2

Mop the floor with a damp mop; allow to dry.

Step 3

Pour 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup vegetable oil in a spray bottle. Shake bottle until thoroughly mixed.

Step 4

Spray vinegar/oil solution onto floor, one small section at a time. Rub with a soft cloth until dry and shiny. Shake bottle before moving on to each section.