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How to Polish Your Floors to be Holiday Ready

How to polish your floors to be holiday ready How to Polish Your Floors to be Holiday Ready
With Thanksgiving wrapping up and other holiday celebrations rapidly approaching, your home is becoming a hub for food, family and fun! Everyone loves hosting holiday get-togethers, but the preparation and cleaning that goes into it can definitely take a toll on you. Cleaning on a daily basis is a major task alone, but cleaning in preparation for the holidays is an entirely different story.

It’s difficult to pinpoint one single area of the house that gets the dirtiest and requires the most amount of cleaning, but many people would agree that your flooring is definitely one of the top ranking areas for dirt and grime. With so many people entering your home and tracking in dirt, dust, and possibly snow, your floors can get dirty in a matter of minutes. When you also factor in pets and food spillage, it seems like taking on the task of making your floors look picture perfect might be too much to handle.

With a little bit of elbow grease and a dash of holiday cheer, you can get your floors looking brand new in no time! In a few easy steps and some help of a few family members, you will be able to polish your floors for the holidays and have everyone wondering how you manage to find the time to keep your floors looking spotless.

In this article, we will break down the steps of deep cleaning different types of flooring, including:

• Laminate
• Tile
• Concrete
• Wood

Laminate & Tile


Laminate and tile flooring are some of the most common types of flooring in Arizona. With so many people having these types of floors in their homes, there are endless options when it comes to quick and easy ways to make these types of floors look sparkling new.

For a quick, easy and effective way to make your laminate or tile floors sparkle, follow these steps:

• Sweep
• Clean with vinegar mixture
• Rinse with warm water
• Apply floor polish

Sweep

No attempt at cleaning your floors is ever successful without taking the most important step first: sweep and vacuum the area. Ensuring that your floor is clear of any dust, dirt or debris is crucial in the success of polishing a floor.

If you were to polish your floor without taking this initial step, you would essentially be polishing a thin layer of dirt and grime, rather than polishing your laminate or tile. Take the time to first sweep your floors and then go over it with a vacuum, leaving you with a squeaky clean floor!

Clean with Vinegar Mixture

After you’ve gotten all of the surface dirt off of your floor, it’s time to take your cleaning one step further. Combine one cup of distilled white vinegar with a gallon of warm water and use this mixture to mop your floors. Even though there are cleaning products you can purchase at the store that will achieve the same results, good old fashioned water and vinegar is always guaranteed to get the job done.

Rinse with Warm Water

Once you are finished mopping with the vinegar mixture, go back over your floors with a rag soaked in warm water. This process helps to get rid of the strong vinegar smell and it helps to avoid any sort of buildup that might occur on your floors. During this process be sure to use a clean, dry, lint-free cloth and move the cloth in circular motions, ensuring the best streak-free shine.

Polish

Once you have finished up the cleaning aspect of this process, it is now time to polish your floors! This step of the process requires you to use a specialized polishing product, so be sure that you have the right tools before taking on this step.

When applying the polish, be sure to do so in small portions. Instead of trying to do everything at once, just try covering one 2x2 section at a time to achieve the best results. Be sure to start this process in the furthest back corner of the room you are polishing. This will allow you to work your way outwards and will keep you from having to walk on the floors immediately after you have polished them.

When applying the polish, use another clean, dry, lint-free cloth and continue working in a circular motion until you have covered the entire surface of your floor. Let the floors dry in accordance with the directions listed on the particular floor polish you purchased. Feel free to repeat this process as many times as you feel necessary to achieve the best shine!

Concrete Floors


Concrete floors are definitely a rising trend in home décor. The amount of people who are incorporating concrete flooring into their home to get a more modern and unique feel is increasing. They have many benefits, including their easiness to clean. However, if your concrete floors have suffered more wear and tear than the average floor, it may require a few extra steps of cleaning to achieve the perfect shine.

If you are looking for a simple cleaning solution, you can implement the same cleaning strategy that was listed for tile and laminate floors (using concrete polish as opposed to other polishes). However, if you are looking to remove stubborn stains, you might want to take the route of using a solution that will result in a deeper clean.

In order to achieve that deeper clean, you will want to take the following steps:

• Sweep and vacuum
• Mop
• Polish with floor buffer

The first two steps are the same steps you would take with a laminate or tile flooring. You want to make sure that the surface of your floor is absolutely spotless before taking on the task of buffing your floors.

Polish with Floor Buffer

Some people may think that polishing your floor with a buffer is too much work just to make your floor shine. Even though this task may seem daunting, it’s not nearly as tough as it looks and the benefits that it yields are well worth it. Concrete floors, just like any other floor, accumulate a lot of grime over the years, and removing it in one fell swoop can be difficult. Fortunately with this floor buffing option, cleaning your concrete floors is quick and effective.

Floor buffers are available for rental at your local home improvement store such as Home Depot or Sears. The only other item you will need is a buffing solution, to give your floor that brand new shine.

Wood Floors


Wood flooring is arguably the most delicate form of flooring when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. With the amount of money people put into purchasing hard wood floors, it is extremely important to maintain them in the proper form.

The steps you need to take in order to make your wood floors shine include:

• Vacuum
• Know your finish
• Mop (only if your floor is polyurethane)
• Buff it out
• Polish it up

Know Your Finish

One of the most crucial aspects of cleaning wood floors is knowing what type of finish you have on them. Polyurethane floors have a hard finish and can be cleaned with a small amount of water, whereas shellac or lacquer floors cannot have any water on them at all. Knowing the finer details of your type of flooring is the best way to make sure you are giving it the best cleaning possible without the risk of damaging it.

Mop

Now that you know what type of finishing your wood floor has, you can decide whether or not mopping it is the best course of action. If your type of floor allows for it, be sure to give it a good mopping prior to polishing. Mop your floors with warm water mixed with a few drops of dishwashing liquid. DO NOT use a vinegar mixture on wood flooring as it will eat away at the finish.

Buff it Out

The next step you need to take in the process is buffing out your wood floors. Grab a microfiber cloth and buff the floor in circular motions until it shines!

Polish it Up

Last but not least, grab your wood floor polish and get to work! If your wood flooring has a polyurethane finishing on it, be sure that your polish is water based. If your flooring has any other type of finishing on it, be sure that your polish is wax based.

Apply the polish to a small section of your floor and wipe off with a microfiber cloth. Once you test the polish out on a small section of the floor and you can guarantee that it works for your floor, move on to the rest of your hardwood! Similar to the laminate and tile polishing, be sure to work your way starting from a back corner to avoid having to walk on your polished floor immediately after.

Ready for the Holidays


Now that your floor is sparkling and looking brand new, you are ready to invite guests into your home! With how clean your floors look, you will be sure to catch people’s eye and have them asking how on earth you got your floors that clean.