How to Polish Laminate Floors

Thomas Ferraioli

Your laminate floors come with a built-in shine. These no-wax floors, however, do not hold that shine forever. Normal foot traffic eventually will dull the floor. You, however, can keep your floors looking like new. The cure is to polish the floor by applying a liquid floor finish.

If you want to make the floor truly sparkle, maintain it with a floor buffing machine.

Applying Floor Finish

  1. Sweep the floor to remove loose dirt and debris. Mop the floor to rinse away any spots or spills from the floor. Floor finish will trap any grime left on the floor. It is imperative to have the floor as clean as possible.

  2. Place a trash liner in a clean wringer pail. Fill the pail with floor finish.

  3. Dip a clean mop into the floor finish. Wring the mop well before applying to the floor.

  4. Mop the floor, beginning at the far end of the room. Use an overlapping, left to right figure eight motion to apply the floor finish. Replenish the mop at regular intervals.

  5. Allow the floor to dry for 15 to 20 minutes before applying a second coat.

Maintenance Buffing

  1. Sweep the floor to remove all loose dirt.

  2. Place a buffing pad on the floor. Maneuver the floor buffing machine onto the pad. The weight of the machine will keep the pad in place during operation.

  3. Mist a small amount of spray buff cleaner onto the floor. Work the machine over the floor using left to right overlapping strokes. Check the pad for soil absorption. Turn the pad over to the clean side when appropriate.

  4. Apply a fresh coat of floor finish to add a deeper shine, if desired.

  5. Tip

    Purchase a floor finish that can be buffed.


    Do not allow anyone to walk on the floor until the floor finish has dried.