How to Make Hardwood Floors Shine Like They Are Wet

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Things You'll Need

  • Broom

  • Dustpan

  • Vacuum

  • White vinegar

  • Olive oil

  • Spray bottle

  • Distilled water

  • Sponge mop

  • Hardwood floor buffer or microfiber cloth

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


Do not use this mixture more than once a month or a film buildup might occur.

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.

Owen E. Richason IV

Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.