Asked on Jan 03, 2016

What polish to I use to make engineered wood SHINE!

by Toni
My engineered wood has a low luster finish, what could I use to make it really shine?
  10 answers
  • Darla Darla on Jan 04, 2016
    You could try different kinds of polyurethane, but anything you try, do it on a small inconspicuous place first, or better yet, a scrap of flooring. Look up your brand of flooring and see if they say anything about the finish. It may be that you only need to wax it or use that Bona hardwood floor replenishment product.
    • Toni Toni on Jan 04, 2016
      @Darla Your wonderful thank you so very much, I will try polyurethane on an extra piece of wood.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 04, 2016
    First you can try a product called rejuvenate for wood floors. Its purpose is to restore dull looking floors. You can find this at Home Depot in the cleaning aisle.
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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 04, 2016
      @Toni No problem. There are a lot of these products available to choose from so if you are in doubt of which to choose from they have there web-site.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 04, 2016
    Toni is your engineered wood flooring? Or is it cabinetry or furniture? Sometimes dullness is just a build up of wax or cleaning products so you can try something natural like white vinegar diluted with water on an inconspicuous spot. If it is flooring, you can also go to the manufacturer website and see what they recommend. Sometimes a product designed specifically for real wood is not the best thing to use on a man-made product and vice versa. Good luck!
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    • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 04, 2016
      Glad to connect with you and I hope you find the right product to do the job!
  • Beverly Beverly on Jan 04, 2016
    I just bought and used on my dull oak wood floors and my Formica counter top. From HSN is is a product called "Professor Amos EZ 2C" multi surface restorer. It is fabulous. You can Google it.
  • Sue Asher Sue Asher on Jan 04, 2016
    I've used Orange Glow for a nice shine. Sometimes I use Rejuvenate but it doesn't have quite the shine of Orange Glow.
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    • Kim Anderson Kim Anderson on Jan 09, 2019

      I have had my engineered hardwood floors for about 3 years now. They told me to just use plain water to clean them. If I absolutely had to I was only to use Bona products. I did everything I was supposed to and my floors were so dull. I used mop and glow and other such products but they never lasted. I came across your reply on this post and I am a true believer in your orange glow method. I use a squirt bottle and my bona mop and the floor is gorgeous! Nothing extreme like polyurethane but looks just as shiny. Thank you so much!

  • Gail lichtsinn Gail lichtsinn on Jan 04, 2016
    A lot of engineered wood is covered with a wood grain plastic almost like contact paper..Be careful what you use doesn't have any solvent in it..Engineered wood including laminate flooring is the same but the tongue and groove cant take water or it swells..Dont soak it...A high shine might be hard to get but you might try a paste wax
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Jan 05, 2016
    If you have engineered hard woods don't use vinegar or harsh cleaning products on your flooring. It will dull your floor. It will also damage them. If they aren't shiny could it be from product build up? Engineered hard wood is different from hardwood floors and once you damage them they are almost impossible to fix. The are made up of compressed woods and a plastic coating. It gets dull from using the wrong products. If you are having problems with them and you had them installed please go to the manufacturer for cleaning and fixing them. If you are having a problem. We use bona on these floors u less the manufacturer suggest something else. For really dirty floors we use a drop or two of dish soap and mop and rinse then dry. Drying these floors are important because this is compressed wood and it damages it easily. We also use a spray bottle of water and micro fiber mop to dry. Vinegar and mop and glo and all this other stuff will damage these floors.
  • Deborah May Deborah May on Sep 16, 2018

    I find it confusing that some espouse I use water and small amount of vinegar and a drop of dawn on my engineered Floors; others recommend Bona but this is responded to by others that the haze using Bona is a real problem. Not sure I hear anyone really creating an algorithm for what to do with what- need this to save my floors and give them some shine. Bins only have my floors and residual haze

  • Jeff Jeff on Jan 16, 2021

    I see a lot of responses in my searches that say there are a lot of products out there to clean engineered hardwood. Please list some. All I've found in my searches is Bona. There is a difference between cleaners for engineered hardwood and hardwood. Can someone please help me find some products recommended for engineered hardwood? My manufacturer says just use water, and my floors look terrible.

  • Josh Josh on Jan 29, 2021

    Engineered flooring & laminated flooring are entirely different products. Engineered floors are real wood. It is produced in layers of wood similar to plywood. The top wood is the piece you walk on. Laminate is plastic veneer on wood that looks like wood grain but is not, it also is made in layers like ply wood. Unfortunately manufacturers & sales companies often don't know the difference. I've been trying to find out from manufacturers exactly what they mean when they say wood or laminate flooring. I have reached to Bona about this but have not received reply