What is Floor Polish?

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Floor polish is a surface treatment used to restore the appearance of flooring surfaces. It can be applied to hardwood, ceramic tile, vinyl, linoleum and marble. Polishes typically have a wax base and come in paste or liquid form.

Floor polishes are similar to wood conditioners, but unlike conditioners, floor polishes do not penetrate the wood’s surface. Instead, they sit on top of the wood or other material’s surface, filling in small cracks and pores.

In addition to filling in small scratches and nicks on the flooring surface, floor polishes also protect floors from water damage by forming a protective barrier between the flooring material and water.

As such, they help keep floors looking clean and polished longer than untreated surfaces.

What are the Types of Floor Polish?

Floor polishes come in different types that include clear glosses for ceramic tile; satin sheens for hardwood; liquid treatments for vinyl; semi-gloss for linoleum; satin for marble; clear waxes for laminate floors; natural waxes for engineered hardwood floors; semi-waxes for cherry floors; and matte finishes for oak floors.

How to Apply Floor Polish

When you are ready to apply floor polish, make sure the surface is clean and dry. Use a soft cloth or sponge to apply the polish in a circular motion. Make sure you buff in the direction of the wood grain.

You can apply several coats of polish if you like, but be sure to allow each coat to dry before applying another one. You should wait at least 24 hours between coats.


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