May 22

How to maintain your floor part 2: Floor polishing

Taking care of your floor: floor polishing

As we said in our previous article (How to maintain your floor part 1: Stripping the floor), laying a new or refurbishing an existing floor often involves a significant investment of cost and effort, but with a little care and attention you can keep your floor in great shape for years to come.

In this article, we look at the second stage in the floor care process. You have already stripped away all the dirt and old wax accumulations and you are now at the stage of polishing your floor.

First things first: a reminder.

As general good practice, you should always use appropiate personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes suitable clothing, gloves, protective glasses, ear protection and so on, when undertaking any cleaning task. In addition, you should always follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

In addition check that your floor is suitable for polishing. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions, if in doubt get professional advice.

This article applies principally to the following types of floor surface: vinyl, thermoplastic, rubber, linoleum, composition, asphalt, terrazzo, sealed wood and sealed cork floor surfaces.

When and how often should I polish a floor

Generally speaking, this will be goverened by how often you strip a floor, as polishing is ordinarily the next step in the maintenance cycle.


Ensure adequate ventilation to the area in which you are working, open doors and windows as necessary.

Place safety signs where they can be clearly seen.

Remove all obstructions (furniture, etc) from the floor area to be worked on. Sweep away all dirt, crumbs and dust.

Ensure floor is dry, particularly if you have just completed stripping of the floor.

Apply the correct dilution of a suitable floor polish to a bucket of cold water.


Important: We would always recommend that you test the polish to make sure it’s suitable for your floor. Test on a small patch where no one can see it.

First application

Using a suitable polish applicator or mop, apply the polish onto the floor. Apply the polish thinly and as evenly as possible using a ‘figure of eight’ movement.

Decide how you plan to polish the floor. As a general rule, we recommend that you should start in the corner that is farthest from an exit and work towards the exit. Always apply the polish in one direction.

Leave a small gap alongside skirting boards in order to avoid a build-up of polish . Alternatively apply the polish to the margins of the room first to prevent a build-up of polish.

Second application

Once the floor is thoroughly dry, you should apply a second thin coat of polish, but this time in the other direction (ie at right angles to the first coat).

You will need to allow a further sufficient period for the second coat to dry out.

Further application (if necessary)

Subject to the age and type of floor (particularly regarding its porosity), it may be necessary to apply a further coat of polish.

This should be applied in the other direction, again at right angles to the previous coat, and so on for successive coats, if in the unlikely event they are considered neccessary


Thoroughly allow floor to dry before use.

Do you have a question?

If you have a specific question about the process or a suitable product why not contact us?