How to apply wood floor polish

Categories // Hardwood Floor Cleaning, Hard Floor Cleaning

Polished hard wood flooring is very popular for several good reasons. It’s stylish, hard wearing and it can transform the appearance and feel of any room into a modern and contemporary space.

The polish will require regular cleaning and from time to time additional maintenance

to ensure the surface maintains its shine. As with all hard floor cleaning tasks having the correct tools to hand will make the job much easier to achieve with the minimum of fuss.

For wood floor polishing you will require a flat mop system that takes a microfiber mop pad and a rectangle shaped bucket that the mop pad will fit into.

There are two options to maintain the shine on hardwood flooring. The first is by mechanical polishing, this method is also known as buffing or high speed buffing. The second is with the application of a polish or dressing. There are many professional floor cleaning products available on the domestic market that have an added amount of some form of emulsion dressing. These are commonly described as floor cleaners or floor maintainers.

These products whist cleaning the floor leave a very thin film of the emulsion on the floor surface to enhance the shine. They work quite well and as long as not over applied don’t cause any harm.

There are other products that offer a high shine and tough protection for sealed wood or laminate flooring. These can be a good product to use under the correct conditions. It is very important not to over apply these products as they can be fairly hard to remove when the time comes to strip them off in order to apply fresh coats.

The best method to apply floor polish is with a flat applicator, mopping polish on to a floor with a standard type mop can leave an unsatisfactory finish with noticeable gaps and stroke marks. Once the polish has dried and cured it can be very difficult to remove the marks and in severe cases the floor polish may require striping off.

Always ensure the floor has been thoroughly deep cleaned and any old surface coatings removed prior to the application of new coats. It is recommended not to apply more than 2-3 coats of an emulsion type floor polish in any one application.

Each coat should be applied evenly working in manageable sections to ensure the working edge of the polish remains wet.

It’s best to start at the far point of the area or room and work backwards towards the exit. You do not want to box yourself into a corner and then have to wait for the thirty minutes or so until the coat has dried sufficiently to walk upon.

Apply the polish with even strokes working in one direction of application for instances from left to right.

When applying a second coat of an emulsion floor dressing it is best to work in the opposite direction to avoid the same pattern of application. By creating a cross pattern any small gaps left in the first coat should be covered by the next coat.

If you notice a gap while the polish is still wet and pliable and the area is reachable, it would be best to cover the missed section before it dries.

If it too far back for you to reach without disturbing the wet polish wait until the surface has dried and it can be lightly touched in after with a small cloth.

Each coat of polish will make the floor look more and more shiny, so be careful if touching in areas not to leave excess overlapping.

Allow thirty minutes between coats for most types of emulsion floor polish. Check the instructions on the particular product you select prior to application or re-application.