How to Make Hardwood Floors Shine Like They Are Wet

Strip the hardwood floor about once a month with mop stripper to remove any buildup.

Hardwood is a beautiful flooring that is long-lasting. Regular foot traffic and cleaning with store-bought cleaners and wax causes hardwood to look scuffed, dirty and dull. But you can revive a hardwood floor to make it look new and add a wet shine to it as well. To get the look of a freshly cleaned, shiny and wet hardwood floor, you'll only need some common household items. Before you know it, you hardwood floors will emit a glow.


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Step 1

Sweep your hardwood floor with a broom and dustpan.

Step 2

Vacuum over the hardwood floor to ensure all dust and dirt particles have been picked up.

Step 3

Pour 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 to 2 tbsp. of olive oil into a spray bottle, then fill with distilled water.

Step 4

Spray your hardwood floor lightly with the mixture and clean it from the far corner in the room to the entryway using a sponge mop. Go with the wood grain as much as possible.

Step 5

Allow the hardwood floor to dry completely, then gently buff it with a hardwood floor buffer or microfiber cloth to finish. Your hardwood floor will now be clean and appear wet and shiny.