Asked on May 21, 2020

How to make faux wood floor shine?

Lindsay AratariMaura WhiteMorgan McBride


I'm a renter, plan to be here long-term. The faux wood floors (maybe like tile flooring material?) just don't shine! I've tried several products.

Suggestions? Thank you.

11 answers
  • Joyce Montelbano
    Joyce Montelbano
    on May 21, 2020

    I used mop and glo and it shines

  • It depends on what the flooring is made of. The best way to clean vinyl floors is to use vinegar and water. If they are tile, mop with ammonia and water.

  • KimMacP
    on May 21, 2020

    Some faux wood finishes or laminates are a mat finish or meant to appear shine or gloss as compared to a table top.

    Is it a plank style? dark or light natural wood (shade of brown) look or a colored stain version?

    Maybe check around wall edges or there any 'shine' evident on any of the 'low traffic' areas of this flooring?

    If not, I would suggest it is indeed an intentional manufactured mat finish.

  • Hi there. If they are wood tiles, they probably won't shine much due to the finish. A shiny tile could be slick. Also the wooden tiles I've seen are textured and have a more rustic look. If they are laminate or vinyl, they may just be worn. Either way I use warm water and vinegar on all my floor for their own best shine.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on May 21, 2020

    Have you tried Rejuvenate? It should do the trick.

  • Cindy
    on May 22, 2020

    Hi Micky. If the flooring is wood, you could wax it. The floor will shine, but it will also be very slick. Good luck Micky. Be well.

    • Kelli L. Milligan
      Kelli L. Milligan
      on May 22, 2020

      Except waxing is a monthly maintenance that needs a buffer machine to buff out as needed. My grandmother buffed her floors monthly. Big pain in the a....

  • Johnavallance82
    on May 22, 2020

    Hello Micky,

    Maybe it was never meant to shine. Shiny floors always show the dust and the scratches too. Best wishes. Maybe the addition of a nice eye catching rug would do the trick to take your eye instead of the floor.

  • Morgan McBride
    Morgan McBride
    on May 22, 2020

    If it is laminate, it probably will not shine.

  • Maura White
    Maura White
    on May 23, 2020

    Do you know if it ever had a shiny surface that you are trying to restore? If not, then if may be just the way it is.

  • Lindsay Aratari
    Lindsay Aratari
    on May 27, 2020

    Try a couple drops of lemon essential oil mixed with water and olive oil

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