Shine Wood Floors Without Refinishing

Carpet freaks me out. There. I said it.

When I see how much dirt I sweep or vacuum up from hardwood floors on a daily basis and think about that dirt settling into a carpeted area…ugh. It grosses me out. I’ve lived with carpet – old and brand new – and I survived, but it’s not my favorite.

Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are my jam. I don’t think I’ve met a wood floor that I didn’t love. Sometimes though, they can look a little sad. A little dull. Like they’ve lost their sheen and sparkle.

A friend recommended a product to me to give our wood floors new life. I was skeptical. I didn’t want to use some wax product that would be a nightmare to maintain or remove. She assured me this was not the case.

Here’s the product I picked up: Holloway House Quick Shine Floor Finish.

I found mine at Publix for $6.99, but I’ve seen it at Wal-Mart too. Here’s the link to it on Amazon, but it’s more expensive there.
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Here are my floors before I cleaned and applied the floor finish. Confession time: this was the first time I have mopped my hardwood floors since we moved in a month ago. I know, that’s horrible. To clean them, I usually vacuum first and then rag mop with a little bit of dish soap and vinegar in a bowl of hot water.

It’s hard to tell from the picture since you are seeing some “shine” from window glare, but they really were dull.

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Are you ready for the after?

TADA! Here you go…this is when the floors are DRY.

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Can you see the line where I stopped using the floor finish on the photos above and below? You can also see a couple of places where I missed. Oops! Keeping it real for you!

Remember, this floor is completely dry. To me, that’s a big difference for seven bucks and 30 minutes of work!
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I did go back and fix those missed spots. You can apply the floor finish with a rag attached to your Swiffer or just rag it on by hand like I did.

Basically, this is like lip gloss for your floors. You apply it and it’s shiny. Then it fades gradually and evenly. In our last house I applied it every 2 – 3 months. That’s it! And it only takes 15 minutes to dry. A lot of bang for my buck makes me very, very happy. Now to finish the rest of the house! Did I mention this house doesn’t have any carpet. Oy. 🙂

P.S. This is not a paid endorsement for Holloway House Floor Finish. I just like their shine. But if they want to call me…I promise not to screen that call.

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