Hardwood floors are gorgeous and with a number of different styles, colors and wood options to choose from, you can find wood flooring to fit with your decor. The problem with wood flooring is it can begin to dull and lose it's shine over time. You can take the time to sand down your floors and then apply coats of polyurethane, but if you don't have the time for that right now, you can restore the shine another way. See below for instructions on how to restore the shine to your hardwood floors using a natural, homemade cleaner.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 gallon hot water
  • 1/2 gallon white distilled vinegar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Several drops of essential oil (any scent of your choice)
  • Mop with microfiber cloth and refillable bottle (or you can use a spray bottle and a microfiber mop)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bucket and mix it well. Then fill your refillable mop bottle or a spray bottle. 
  2. Test a small area to be sure the cleaning mixture doesn't discolor or damage your flooring in any way.
  3. Be sure to take as much furniture as you can off of your floors so you can restore the shine to all of your floors, rather than around your furniture.
  4. Use a broom or vacuum with the floor attachment to remove any loose pet hair, dirt or dust before you begin mopping.
  5. Then begin mopping your floors using the homemade floor cleaner. Be sure to use enough floor cleaner all over your floors so the shine is even across your hardwood floors, but don't saturate your floors. Saturating them can cause the water to seep between the planks and cause them to buckle.
  6. If your microfiber cloth gets really dirty, swap out cloths halfway through so you aren't just moving dirt around.

That's it, no rinsing or drying necessary (you can go over your floors with a dry, clean cloth if you want it to dry faster). Your floors should have a nice shine and feel very smooth and silky beneath your feet. The best part about this homemade cleaner is that it is organic and environmentally friendly. There isn't anything toxic in it like most store bought cleaners and it's completely safe for your family and pets. Use this cleaner every time you need to deep clean your floors or to restore the shine to them. Talk to a flooring contractor, like http://www.carrollfloor.com,  for more hardwood floor care information.