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Make Your Floors Gleam With the Right Hardwood Floor Wax

Hardwood floors are one of the most desirable types of flooring, which is no surprise. They are an investment that stands up to the test of time as well as all the wear and tear your family and pets can dish out. Of course, they do require some maintenance like regular sweeping and cleaning to prevent scratches and keep them looking good. Over time, however, the surface can start looking a little dull from daily use. This is the time to break out the hardwood floor wax or other product to put a luxurious gleam back on the floor.

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Before you get out the mop, you need to establish what kind of wood floor you actually have. While it might be wood, today’s floors come in a range of finishes, many of which require specific types of cleaning and restoration products. The Hardwood Distributor’s Association says that the quickest way to determine what type of finish your floor has is to rub your finger across the clean floor. If you don’t leave a smudge, the floor has a sealed surface. If you do leave a smudge, it has been treated with a penetrating seal, oil finish, shellac, varnish or lacquer, and then waxed. Newer floors likely have a sealed surface.

According to Bob Villa, you should never wax a urethane-finished floor. Instead, use polish or products that are labeled “no-wax.” True waxing is only appropriate for hardwood floors that don’t have a sealed surface and are in good structural condition. Waxing won’t fix or mask problems like chips, dents, bulges or discolored areas.  Those issues will need repair or replacement.

Ready to get your shine back on? Try out one of these hardwood floor wax products that will get your floors glowing like new:

1. Howard Products FW0016 Wood Polish & Conditioner, 16 oz, Orange, 16 Fl Oz

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With more than 10,000 reviews, Howard Products FW0016 Wood Polish & Conditioner is super popular for polishing all wood surfaces with a protective coating of Carnauba Wax and Beeswax.  This polish contains conditioning oils that helps keep wood from drying out or fading. It can be used on finished and unfinished wood for enhanced beauty, especially for the depth of the wood grain. Feed-N-Wax is meant to be used about every month or so, when the wood starts to look like its drying out. The power of the orange oil along with the waxes are what makes it so effective.

Using Howard Products FW0016 Wood Polish & Conditioner is quite straightforward. All you do is saturate a small cloth or pad with it,  wipe it on evenly, and then let it sit for at least 20 minutes.  then all you have to do is wipe off the excess and then use a clean, soft cloth to buff it. Of course, it’s always a good idea to try a new product in an inconspicuous spot before doing the whole surface. This product contains petroleum distillate and is combustible, so it should be used in a well-ventilated area. Reviewers who used it on their older waxed hardwood floors said that it provided an amazing improvement in the luster and look of the floor.

2. Minwax 609504444 Hardwood Floor Reviver, 32 ounce, High Gloss

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If you think your wood floor needs sanding and refinishing to restore the shine, think again and try the Minwax Hardwood Floor Reviver. Many five-star reviewers call this product “nothing short of a miracle” for hardwood floors. This floor reviver requires no special preparation other than cleaning and is stronger and more durable than a polish. Apply this product to your wood floor and you’ll have a crystal clear finish that won’t alter its color. Available in low or high gloss options, Minwax’s reviver will keep your floor shiny and protect for three to six months.

After removing all the furniture from the room, all you have to do is clean the floor and then apply the floor reviver. This product is easy to apply and takes only one coat. It’s also easy to clean up when you’re finished because it’s made with a water-based specially formulated polyurethane.  After the application, the floor will need two hours to dry for light foot traffic, but you’ll need to wait for 24 hours before you replace the furniture.

3. Weiman Wood Floor Polish and Restorer 32 Ounce (2 Pack)

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With 94 percent of reviewers giving it four and five starts, the Weiman Wood Floor Polish and Restorer is a popular product for bringing back a lustrous shine. According to the manufacturer, the polish uses a micro-filling technology to mask scratches while forming a protective scratch-resistant layer. This product is suitable for any finished hardwood surface, including hardwood, engineered hardwood, vinyl, and laminate floors. Just one or two coats of this restorer will give your floors a long-lasting gleam and without the fuss and mess of buffing or refinishing.

Weiman Wood Floor Polish and Restorer is ready to use and there’s no prep other than cleaning the floor. Just sweep, vacuum and use the Weiman floor cleaner before applying the restorer and spreading it with a clean, dry mop. It can even be used with a refillable squirt mop for even easier application. The polished floor needs 30 minutes of drying time. If you want an even glossier shine, you can add a second coat after 45-60 minutes of drying time after the first coat. Happy buyers praise the easy application, amazing results and how quickly the product dries.

4. Rejuvenate All Floors Restorer and Polish Fills in Scratches Protects & Restores Shine No Sanding Required (128 oz)

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To revive your wood floors — along with all the other types you might have in your house — turn to the Rejuvenate All Floors Restorer and Polish. More than just adding a shine, this polymer-based floor finish actually fills in scratches too, making floors look like new. Nine out of ten reviewers loved this product, which also protects your floor against stains and fading from UV rays. The best thing about this polish is that it works for many types of floors in addition to wood: laminate, vinyl, tile, linoleum, terracotta, slate, polished stone and others.

Rujuvenate’s polish is easy to apply with a microfiber mop and requires just one coat. And, after just an hour of drying time, you’ll be back in the room, enjoying your gleaming floor. This polish is nontoxic and low in VOCs and actually protects the floor, resists stains and creates no waxy buildup at all. Using this product also increases traction on the floor by 50 percent. The larger 32-ounce size covers up to 650 square feet, making it very cost-effective.

5. Bona Professional Series Hardwood Floor Cleaner Refill 128 oz

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Before you can put a shone on the floor, you have to make sure that it’s really clean, which is where the Bona Professional Series Hardwood Floor Cleaner comes in. This is a professional version of the same Bona cleaner that you can buy in grocery and hardware stores. It was developed for the janitorial community and is slightly more aggressive than the home version, but will not harm your floors, whether they are at home or in your office. Specially formulated for use on hardwood floors this Bona cleaner is pH neutral and leaves no residue behind, leaving you with a sparkling floor that’s ready for your polish or restoration product. Or, if your floors are already in great shape, it leaves them clean and shiny with no buildup.

Buyers rave about how well this product works, whether you use it as is, or if you dilute it further. Some even now use it on other wood surfaces like tables and furniture for the same clean shine.

Whatever type of floor you have, there’s a product out there that will make it look like new without costly refinishing or other work. Just make sure that you pick the proper product for the type of floor that you have. It’ll avoid any problems and give you a great result you can enjoy with ease.