Sweep the floor with a broom to get rid of any debris. Vacuum the floor completely to remove any tiny particles.
Buff the floor with a buffing machine until the finish of the floor is smooth. Buffing machines can be rented from home improvement and many hardware stores. The American Hardwood Information Center recommends a buffing machine with an abrasive pad and/or fine-grit sandpaper.
Clean up any dust with a broom and vacuum. Wipe the floor with a slightly-damp towel. Allow the floor to dry completely.
Apply a coat of shellac or polyurethane finish to your floor with a brush.
Sweep and vacuum the wood floor to make it as clean as possible.
Apply a commercial wood floor cleaner to the floor with a mop. You can also use a solution of water and liquid dish soap. Allow the area to dry completely.
Apply liquid wax stripper to the entire floor with a mop. Old wax is what makes a floor look dull. Allow the floor to dry completely. Wipe off the floor with a clean cloth.
Apply a coat of past wax to the floor. Spread the wax over the floor by using circular motions with a cloth. Allow the floor to dry.
Buff the floor with a buffing machine.
Things You Will Need
- Buffing machine
- Floor finish
- Floor cleaning product
- Liquid dish soap
- Check with an expert if you're not sure what finish to use. Wax provides a finish that lasts longer, but a polyurethane or shellac polish is better if you plan on refinishing your floors in the near future.