Hardwood flooring is a timeless and beautiful flooring choice that can really transform the look of a room.

Good-quality hardwood flooring can last for decades. It is easier to clean and therefore more hygienic than carpets; in addition, it can reduce allergens in the home and add value. With benefits such as these, it is not hard to see why so many people are opting to install hardwood flooring in their homes; however, to seal, protect and keep your floor looking immaculate, it is important to wax it regularly. The type of wax and techniques used can vary depending on the type of hardwood, so here is everything you need to know about the best tools to polish your hardwood engineered flooring.

Solid paste wax

Perhaps the most classic form of wax, solid paste wax will leave a long-lasting shine but must not be used on vinyl flooring. Use a lint-free cloth to gently work the wax into the flooring evenly. It may appear cloudy-looking once it dries, so use another rag to buff the surface. You will find that this will leave a shine. You can also use an electric polisher to finish the surface evenly.

Liquid Wax

Liquid wax is much easier to apply than solid paste wax, but the finish may not last as long. Apply the liquid wax with a mop, cloth or pad, and leave to dry. Afterwards, you will notice a residue – this is the polish left behind when the solvent has evaporated. Use a cloth to buff this away.

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Water-based silicone polish

This is a slightly different polish, but one that is suitable to use on most type of flooring; in fact, it is the only type suitable for any urethane finished surfaces. This is best applied by using a mop and then buffing off. You can apply multiple layers to high-traffic areas; however, be wary of using the mop too close to skirting boards, furniture or walls, as the product can leave stains.

How to remove stains

If your wood flooring from a stockist such as http://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/ becomes damaged or stained, you can sometimes use a small amount of detergent and water to remove the offending mark.

Hardwood flooring is a timeless choice but requires maintenance to stay looking clean and shiny.