Top 5 Best Hardwood Floor Polish Products for Your Home!
By William | January 31, 2017
To Maintain your Floors Beautiful Shine Use Only the Best Hardwood Floor Polish!
No other floor covering compares with the beauty of hardwood floors. Its natural coloration adds warmth to any home as well as value. Maintaining its shine requires regular cleaning and treatment with a hardwood floor polish product that is formulated to bring out your floor’s best appearance. After all, the way your hardwood floors look is a reflection on you (just had to throw that in!)
Use Products that are Safe and Compatible with your Wood Floor Finish!
Choosing the best polish for your hard wood can be confusing with all the products that are advertised as the best. Some are made with natural ingredients such as Orange Oil, Carnauba and Beeswax, and contain Petroleum Distillates’. Polishes created for newer hardwood floor finishes contain high-tech ingredients such as silicone, polymers, and acrylic. And, although these products may work great on some wood floor finishes, they can actually cause damage if not used correctly.
That’s why its important to know what kind of finish is on your wood floors and make sure the products you uses are safe and compatible.
When my customers ask me what is the best Hardwood Floor Polish I usually take the time to explain what I expect a top quality hardwood floor polish product to do.
What to Look for in a Hardwood Floor Polish!
If your hardwood flooring is pre-finished and sealed with Polyurethane Aluminum Oxide you have more options in selecting a floor polish product. The reason this is such a popular finish is it’s very hard and scratch resistant plus it has an almost glass-like shine when it’s clean.
I generally recommend a polymer based polish for pre-finished hardwood floors. It’s easier to use and less expensive than a polish with natural ingredients.
Old hardwood floor finishes are much more susceptible to scratching and more sensitive to any chemicals contained in polishes. There are probably areas where the finish has worn through to the bare wood. I generally recommend a hardwood floor polish with natural ingredients. They are more compatible with older finishes such as shellac, oil, or wax.
Here is what I look for when shopping for the best hardwood floor polish:
- Is it safe to use on your type of hardwood floor finish?
- Is it easy to apply?
- Does it dry fast?
- Does it help protect your floor by increasing its scratch-resistance?
- Does it leave a sticky residue when dry?
- Does it provide long-lasting results?
- Does it produce the best shine?
These qualities may seem like a lot to expect from just one floor care product but if you’re like me I want the most benefit for my money and effort.
Clean you’re Hardwood Floor Before Applying Polish!
You would think it goes without saying but it’s necessary to clean all dust, debris, and sticky residue before applying a Floor Polish product. A good going over with a hardwood floor vacuum or a dry dust mop is always the first step before polishing.
The second step is to mop your floor using a flat mop with a damp terry cloth. This will remove any residue. The idea is to maintain your floor so that your floor can be cleaned using only water and a flat mop. Using harsh detergents or general cleaning products can permanently damage your hardwood floors finish. It may not be obvious with one cleaning but over time it can cause etching of your floor’s finish.
Only if your floor is really dirty should you use a floor cleaning product. If your floor has a buildup of wax or other floor polish products its important that your remove this layer before apply your new floor polish.
Please take a couple minutes to watch this brief VIDEO “How to Safely Clean your Hardwood Floor in Under 5 Minutes.”
Bear in mind, if enough water penetrates the cracks it can swell the wood, causing the finish to crack and flake off. This would leave your floor with bare unprotected spots. So, wring out your mop so its damp, not saturated.
5 Best Hardwood Floor Polish Products for your Home
Each of these hardwood floor polishes recommended below have withstood the test of time. They are being used in thousands of homes by satisfied customers. Each one is easy to apply and will give your hardwood floor a great shine when used as directed. They will Make you feel Proud Again of your Hardwood Floors!
Keep in mind the idea is to apply a very thin even coat. The principal of “a little do good, a lot do better” does not apply when it comes to floor polishes. A little goes a long way!
A few years ago I attended a seminar-type course conducted by Bona Floor Care Products for hardwood floor care. The course was sponsored and accredited by the IICRC so I felt it was a good opportunity for me to add to my knowledge as a floor care professional.
The one day seminar extensively covered the two main topics of how to safely clean hardwood floors and how to polish hardwood floors. They explained all the do’s and don’ts and as promised, they presented their hardwood floor care products and demonstrated them.
As a comp all attendees received a Bona hardwood floor care kit that included a specially designed mop, hardwood floor cleaner, and hardwood floor polish.
The bundle amounted to a complete hardwood floor care system and after seeing it demonstrated I was really impressed with it.
Of all the products I have used and researched for wood floor care the Bona products are some of the best in my opinion and here’s why:
- The Hardwood Floor Cleaner is fast and easy to use and is safe for all wood floors including factory pre-finished
- Restores the natural shine while providing durable protection against wear
- The Urethane Acrylic formula dries exceptionally fast in approximately one hour
- No wax build-up
- Fills in micorsctatches that even out your floor’s appearance to give it a new look
- GREENGUARD Certified
Watch this brief Demo VIDEO!
The Kit includes Bona Hardwood Floor Mop w/ Bona Floor Polish Applicator Pad , 33 oz. Hardwood Floor Cleaner, 32 oz. Bona Hardwood Floor Polish.
Keep in mind, this is a professional hardwood floor care system that must be used correctly according to the manufactures instructions. When it is applied correctly it gives outstanding results. When it’s not applied correctly you probably won’t be satisfied with the results. That’s accounts for the majority of negative customer reviews.
If you are looking for a product that’s safe and effective to use on your wood floors you will absolutely love the Bona Hardwood Floor Care System!
Johnson is such a familiar name when it comes to floor care products.
Pledge is a combination Wax and Acrylic formula and is safe to use on any floor with Sealed and Finished surfaces. This polish can also be used on Vinyl, Tile, Laminate, or any floor surface that is NON-Porous.
The glossy shine helps prevent dirt from becoming trapped in grooves. It provides a long-lasting high-tech finish that is durable and helps protect from wear and resists yellowing.
SC Johnson Pledge Floor Care Multi-Surface is easy to apply. Simply squirt and mop. It dries in less than an hour and is safe for children or pets.
One of the huge benefits SC Johnson Pledge Floor Care Multi-Surface is it is of very economically priced!
This another hardwood floor polish that is used and highly recommended by floor care professionals.
Quick Shine 1207-00027U is labeled as a “High Traffic Floor Restorer.” When used according to directions it will restore the beauty to your hardwood floors without refinishing.
Natural Brazilian Carnauba wax suspended in a petroleum distillate base make Quick Shine 1207-00027U the polish of choice for older non pre-finished hardwood floors. It will produce a beautiful natural luster. It is buff-able which will give it a shiny finish. Although it will work well on Poly finishes it is intended for older floors that have worn through the finish.
It’s important that you thoroughly clean your floors before applying this product the first time or additional applications to prevent build-up.
Watch this brief Demo VIDEO!
This happens to be one of my favorite floor care products. It meets all my expectations for a hardwood floor polish and more.
The features I like best about this polish is there is no mixing or diluting. Simply squirt it on your floor, spread it around evenly with a dry mop, wait about a half hour and your floor is ready to walk on.
Weiman labels this as a 2-in-1 product that both Restores and Polishes with one application. Its primary ingredient is a high performance polymer that provides a High Glossy finish and at the same time removes scuff marks.
It has a drying agent so there’s almost no waiting to use your floor.
Weiman hardwood floor polish contains fillers that fill in light scratches and adds a micro layer of protection that resists scratches.
It is safe to use on all hardwood floor finishes and it really makes your floor shine!
This exciting floor care product was recently introduced on TV. It is currently one of the best Hardwood Floor
polishes on the market. It was originally only used commercially in institutions and stores that have lots of traffic. But now it’s available to the general public and has become a “Best Seller” on Amazon.
It can be used on any sealed hardwood floor. Pro Shot is designed as a “Floor Restorer” that will rejuvenate worn dull looking hardwood floors with one easy to apply application. Simply squirt it on the floor and sponge it around evenly.
Pro Shot contains a filling agent that helps hide scratches. It contains NO wax so there is no waxy build-up. One application will last for months and give your floor protection.
Pro Shot Industrial Re-Newing Floor Restorer has become one of the most recommended hardwood floor polish products.
Watch this brief Demo VIDEO!
Contents at a Glance
- To Maintain your Floors Beautiful Shine Use Only the Best Hardwood Floor Polish!
- 5 Best Hardwood Floor Polish Products for your Home
- Bona Hardwood Floor Clean and Polish System
- SC Johnson Pledge Floor Care Multi-Surface Finish
- Quick Shine 1207-00027U Hardwood Floor Luster
- Weiman High-Traffic Hardwood Floor Polish
- Pro Shot Industrial Re-Newing Floor Restorer