How to get your floors to shine

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How to get your Floors to Shine /

How to get your floors to shine:

Ever wonder how to get your floors to shine when they are dull and worn out? I sure have!

Are your floors dull from shoes, furniture, toys, and who knows what else? Mine sure were!

Do you want them to be brought back to like? YES, please!

hardwood floors, shine

Then you will love what I found!

The product is called Quick Shine Floor Finish by Holloway House  and it is awesome! I actually found it at my local Walmart but I have provided the link to buy it if you can’t find it at your store.

Quick Shine floor finish for new looking floors

Here is what my kitchen floor looked like before.  This is after I moped, yikes.  See how dull and dirty they still looked.  The floors really do need to be refinished but I’m just not up for the fumes and havoc right now.

Dull hardwood floors come back to life with Quick Shine /

Dull hardwood floors come back to life with Quick Shine /

The Quick Shine Floor Finish is applied to a clean, dry floor with a damp sponge mop.  Just squirt right out of the bottle on to the floor.  That’s ALL…It is that easy!

In the picture below you can see where I started from the door and worked toward the table.  I stopped to show you the difference with just one coat of Quick Shine.  You can do more than one coat, just let it dry in between applications, approximately 30 minutes.

How to bring hardwood floors back to life /

FYI…Be sure to sit the bottle of Quick Shine on a paper plate or towel! OR you might end up with a few shiny spots on your painted TV cabinet that you didn’t want shiny!

Quick Shine Hardwood Floor product

It really was simple to use and the fact that it is environmentally friendly makes it even better!

How to get your hardwood floors to shine

So there you have it, how to get your floors to shine!

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    • says

      I hate carpet in my main living spaces but I have to say I do like it in my bedrooms! AND the carpet I do have needs cleaning really bad…maybe I should find a product for that :)

  1. says

    OMWord. I am getting some of that TODAY. I found a Pledge product that put a beautiful shine on my wood floors and when the squirt bottle ran out I could never find it again. Either they changed it or discontinued it because what they sell now just isn’t doing it. And I love that this product is friendly. The difference in the shine on your floors is amazing. Beautiful. Thanks for the tip!

  2. says

    Oh yes, love that stuff, used it for years until we finally refinished our floors last year. (It is a bit stinky ..but does go away fairly quickly)
    But it really does work great to shine up floors! I’d bet there are many that don’t know about this quick and easy fix!! :)
    Hope you are have a great week Sonya! :)

  3. says

    Wait–you mop??………HA!….just kidding……

    With 3 little ones, I struggle to get time to MOP, much less SHINE! But, after seeing these pics, I’m inspired to be a better mom and homemaker. LOL :) Thanks for sharing!

    Thrift Diving

  4. Melanie says

    Sonya, I LOVE this stuff! We used it on my father-in-law’s 60+ year old floors and they looked like new. Had to go back and buy several more bottles just so we won’t be without :-)

  5. Kristy Mullins says

    This is an awesome product. I use it on my hardwood floors. Works well on laminate floors also. I would recommend it to

  6. Barb Moore says

    I use the Holloway House lemon oil to remove hard water and soap scum build up on my shower doors. I’ve never seen anything that works as good as this. I always have trouble finding it, so when I do, I stock up.

  7. niki says

    Just curious, how many coats did you end up doing to get the look in your final pictures? And how many bottles of the quick shine did that take? We’ve been in our house for a few years and recently decided to take out the carpet and go to hardwood…to our surprise there is hardwood under the carpet!! It’s a bit dull right now, but I thought we might get to tearing out the carpet before the holidays if we can give them a quick little shine…otherwise I was going to wait until after the holidays…this stuff has me hopeful that I’ll be getting rid of that carpet a lot sooner than I thought!! Your floors look great!

  8. Patty says

    My wood floors are worn even more than your’s. I plan on giving this a try. Have used Johnson Wax before but this looks much better.

  9. Megan says

    That looks awesome! Do you know how well it works on faux wood floors? We just bought a house with laminate wood flooring and it’s been a nightmare trying to find something that cleans and shine but doesn’t leaves terrible streaks all over!!

  10. sann says

    I accidently picked up Holloway Hse at walmart because I had used all the others offered and not one held up. I used this product one time and I was amazed. My floors looked just like the ones above and now they look like they have been refinished. no joke. I cant believe how long it lasts too. I will never used anything else. I didn’t know there werer more products. will check them out thank uou.

  11. Scott says

    When I had my wood floors polyurethane-coated – (20yrs ago), I was warned not to use anything that leaves a residue on floor as it will interfere with future refresh coatings. I was told only use a mix of hot water and methylated spirits which seem to have works quite well. Some high traffic spots are a bit duller than rest and that’s not bad considering I was supposed to have done a reapplication every 5 years.

    I read some above comments that indicate this product does leave a coating that will build up with reapplication. Can anyone confirm this?

    • Debbie Wall says

      It does leave a wax buildup buildup…It is wax!Everyone comments how great my floors looked but I wouldn’t recommend using it on new flooring…I wish I knew how to remove it now!

      • Barb Alvies says

        This was what I was wondering. Thank you guys for letting people know that is nota good idea to use this on new floors. I have a lot of wooden floors in my house and I’m trying very hard to keep them looking new.

        • Cynthia says

          I used it for 10 years on hardwood flooring because I Loved the shine. I applied it approx, 3 times a year. After a lot of wax build up, the only way I was able to remove it was to apply vinegar for 5 min, then scrape with a plastic scraper. After 30 hours of hard labor, I would never use this again!

    • Mandy says

      I know this post is a year old but maybe this response will help someone. I used this stuff for probably 6 years and loved it until the wax build up was too much. After using for so long the shine didn’t last as long and the floors looked bad after a few days. My white baseboards also looked bad in the areas it got on when I sponge mopped. I tried everything to get it up and finally had to resort to ammonia (I even used the expensive cleaner made for that purpose that I purchased at a flooring center-didn’t work), one of those plastic pampered chef stone scraper things, and a scrub brush. Yes, I used ammonia on real hardwood floors— but at that point I would have used a blowtorch!!! It didn’t hurt them either. It took a long time and A LOT of elbow grease but I got all of it up. My floors look great now. I use Mr. Clean to mop with for cleaning and every few months I go over the floor with Old English oil. They look better than ever. While cleaning the floors the wax build up pealed up like plastic and I really had to scrape to get a lot of it up. As I was cleaning the difference in how the cleaned areas and the other areas looked was amazing. Good luck!

    • Pamela Wetzel says

      I’ve used Bona fir years as well and, like you, the result has always been less than satisfactory. Wonder about the effect of dogs nails on the finish of this product. Has anyone had any experience with this?

      • Kristine says

        We have 2 large dogs and have used this product before, never had a problem with nail scratches but a word of caution with pet hair…make sure floors are completely free of all hair and dirt before applying or you will have hair stuck to the floor that will not come off!

        • jacki lamphire says

          I have been using this on dull laminate floors. Yes, it works great,
          but I also now am experiencing scratches from 2 Maltese dogs and can’t seem to
          get the wax build up off the floor.
          Going to try a bit of that ammonia water and see what happens.
          Any other ideas I’d sure appreciate
          Someone told me to buy Goof Off and that will take it off.
          Anyone ever try removing the wax with goof off please email me. Thanks Jacki

  12. Loretta says

    Is this anything like orange glo. I had a very bad experience with orange glo. It was tacky, sticky and lookes smudges. Yuk.

  13. says

    Just bought some today as a matter of fact at Walmart no less. I usually use Bona which I like but, it’s nice to know this works well too at 1/3 of the price!!

  14. Nancy Jill says

    Are the floors slippery at all afterwards? I have tried several product on our wood floors and it always seems you get slippery with the shine. I have an older dog…Babe…12yr old Aussie and she has slipped a few times after I have cleaned the floors with some products…not a good thing….I am using vinegar and water mixture…not so shiny and kind of stinky…but they are clean :-)

  15. barbara says

    I hope I can find this product in the store…but if I can’t….do you recommend any other floor polishing products just as good?

    • Meridith S says

      MopNGlo does the same thing and I use it on real wood, laminate, and even brick-like tile. These products look like a freshly waxed floor without all the bother. As for removing it (to do more serious re-finishing) washing the floor with ammonia & water and then rinsing it should do the trick.

      • Debbie says

        Simple ammonia does not remove the build-up…I have tried numerous products even scraping it off! Again I wouldn’t use it on new hardwood floors

  16. Jen says

    Hey, just wondering for those who have used this, does it just look shiny when you apply it or does the shine stay completely after it dries? The ones I have been using when wet, it looks great, but when it dries, it looks the same, completely dull…Thanks!

  17. Darlene says

    Love this product, have used it for years! Also found Holloway House quick Shine
    No Bucket Floor Cleaner to keep our floors looking great! Look for the blue cap bottle!

  18. Denise says

    Just curious if you found a product that removed the shiny spot from the table when you put the bottle down..? The same thing happened to me on my Formica countertop; I tried using “oops” and it wouldn’t come up. Suggestions?

    • says

      Hi Denise!

      You can remove the Quick Shine Floor Finish from your table with WINDEX or FORMULA 409. Apply either of these products directly onto the Quick Shine spill and leave it on for a minute or so, and then wipe it off with a damp cloth. You may have to repeat that process a second time. This method has worked for many of our consumers who needed to remove a small amount from countertops or tables.

      Holloway House is a family-owned business and we appreciate your patronage. Please tell your friends about us!

  19. Holly says

    I have used this for years and you do have to clean your clothes very well before use if you have dog hair issues :-). Also don’t use it every week/month to reduce build up. Use very sparingly to reduce build up issue, too. Best if you rub it in by hand – yes -by hand. A little bit goes a long way.

  20. shonna says

    after using this product. .If you clean the floors with water/cleaner does it turn white like waxes do?? I used a steam mop on my hardwoods. .and the previous owners must have waxed the floor..what a nightmare. .whole floor turned white.

      • Nicole says

        Ahh ladies!! Please do not use steam mood on your hardwood floors!! I’ve worked for a flooring company for a while now and I like to look around and learn more about what can be done to keep your floors lookin new so I know what to tell my customers. We only sell the normal cleaner ( which is good, it’s alcohol based so it evaporates after you mop, leaving no streaky residue like swiffer) but some customers want to bring their floor back to life and it seems like this product is great! But steam mops are Terrible for your wood flooring and laminates! They force moisture between the boards of your floor and over time will damage the floor. It’s great for tile and vinyl though. Another poster had talked about orange glo, that as we’ll is terrible for flooring because it takes off the finish of your floor. Hope this helps y’all!

  21. Patricia says

    This product is just putting a film on your floor and in time the film will build up to the point where you have a bigger mess on your hands. You’ll notice foot prints are showing up easier and easier. That’s because of wax build up. Hard wood should be refinished, the only vinegar and water used to clean them with. Anything else will ruin the floor eventually and then you’ll be forced to have it redone.

    • Arnie says

      This is true! I spent 4 hours of cleaning my floor last night. It was a nightmare.. I used MinWax, which is Polyurethane based too. I don’t like the coat as it creates bubble, then I wipe it.. and became white! what a terrible mess! i cleaned the whole kitchen area, took me 4 hours…. there are still whites in between the hardwood……….sad, i just ordered 2 QuIck Shine Finish from Amazon, I will not for sure use them when they come….

  22. Niurka says

    I have told all my coworkers and friends about his product. You would think I work for the company! I love love this product!

  23. Linda Schenk says

    Will this cover up and hide fine floor scratches that I have from a chair that scratched the finish? I had padded chair feet, but a small pebble or sand got under the pad and scratched the floor. I would like to get rid of these fine scratches. My floors otherwise are shiny and beautiful.

  24. says

    This looks like a great idea- and really, just at a Walmart?

    It’s good for any kind if flooring, oak as well? How often do you use it to keep the shine?

  25. Beth Fleming says

    I have been using this product for at least 6 years and still love it. I have also been using the Quick Shine no bucket Floor Cleaner for spot cleaning and in between using the Quick Shine Floor Finish. I have also found this product at Menard’s. This is one product that has made my life so much easier!

  26. Allison says

    Just wondering if the size of the room matters or how large of an area to work on at a time? My living area is fairly large so I’m worried about areas drying before I can finish the whole room and having some sort of splotchy thing happen.

    • says

      No issues with that for me. I just work like I would mopping with any product. If I’ve ever seen a blotchy spot, it is only because I didn’t spread out enough of the quick shine in that area. So, in that instance I squirt a little more onto the floor and go over that spot again.

  27. Karen says

    Hi, Thank you for the post. I am a new home owner and we have Pergo florring, so not real hard wood flooring. I notice the bottle says can be used on laminate floor but I don’t know what category Pergo floor falls into? Has anyone used this on Pergo or do you know if Pergo falls in the laminate flooring category?
    Thank you:)

    • Linda Schenk says

      I am certain that Pergo would be considered a laminant flooring product. Laminant refers to a flooring technique where wood fibers are actually fused together under high pressure and the look of wood is photographed onto the product to resemble real wood. You can google the definition for laminant flooring. I think this product would be safe too use on Pergo, You can always test the product in an inconspicuous spot such as under a refrigerator. As for the waxy build up I would check the company to find out how this build up can be removed. I have real hardwood with some scratches. I was going to look iinto using this product, but noticed the comments of waxy buildup or the floors not being spotless of any debris and I think I will just leave well enough alone and continue using Mr. Clean or Pinesol mixed in water and sponge mop my floors. I am probably the only person that really notices the scratches since I get so many compliments on how beautiful my floors look. Others do not see the imperfections and scratches.

  28. Cheryl says

    I’ve used this for years and it is really a good product but now the wax has built up on my floors and starting to come off in places which makes my floor look dirty. So now I’m going to have to remove the wax using a mixture of vinegar and warm water and hope that takes it off.

    • Lisa says

      To take this product off, you can use straight ammonia (or try a high ammonia/water mix). This worked on my laminate floors, when this product built up on it. I sprayed ammonia on, left it for about thirty seconds and then scrubbed with a rough cloth. Only do this if you can open a window in the room you are working! At first, I loved this product because of the shine, but when I noticed the build up and the smudging, I just decided to remove all the product/build-up and clean my floors with a mixture of vinegar, water, and dishwashing rinse aid.

  29. afaithmin says

    I used this product once a month for a year and a half. Vacuum, steam (big mistake) and then floor shine. I loved this product but now I am dealing with the horrible aftermath. The floors are ruined from buildup and have to be completely redone. I def think you should think before more coats. My floor looks terrible now.

    • Linda Schenk says

      I thank everyone for their comments. I have real wood floors that shine beautifully. I get comments all the time asking what I use to get them to shine. First of all they have a semi gloss finish on them. The installer suggested I would like the look and he had laid hardwood floors for years. That is what I ordered. I have never used anything on them except to sponge mop them with a bucket of water and Pinesol or Mr. Clean. If you think about it hardwood floors have been around for over 100 years and they didn’t have all these fancy products to use on them. I would guess they used some type of homemade soap and water to clean them. I have decided I do not want any added build up on the floors. I would hate to try to remove the wax build up as it might ruin the floors finish. I think I will continue to use good old hot water and a liquid floor cleaning product. My floors really do not get that dirty that a sponge mop can’t handle. I do not leave any excess water standing behind and they air dry quickly.

  30. Dawn says

    I love that product I use the cleaner and the finish. The cleaner smells so good I believe it’s lavender. Since I have used this product I will not switch makes your floors look new!

  31. Jennie Macon says

    I found this stuff searching the web for hardwood floor cleaners. I figured they had been in business for 50 years, so I would give them a try. It was also cheap, under $6.00 at Wal-Mart! I have used Bona, Minwax, etc, etc…. I really have ruined my floors! They were so shiny when we first moved in our home, and they are not very old. Knowing NOTHING about cleaning hardwood, I have literally mopped with everything I could find for hardwood floors… I ended up with a milky film across my whole 1800 square feet home! I used this miracle working stuff one time, one coat, and it instantly took that yucky film off the floors!!!!!!!!!!! I am so thankful I found this product!

  32. Keefe Real Estate says

    I found your post via Pinterest and just shared on our Facebook page with our fans. What an incredible stop gap to prolong having to refinish the floors. This is especially helpful for our clients getting ready to list their homes for sale! Thanks for the great post!

  33. shelli says

    I’m curious do you have to use this everytime you mop? Is It like a wax?

    I want to use it but I don’t want a wax build up or have to do it every time I mop the floor either. oh and can you use a steam mop on it?

    • says

      I don’t use it every time but then again I probably don’t mop as often as I should 😉 I don’t think it feels like wax but my floors are so dull that if it is it’s better than what is there. I never use a steam mop on hardwood floors, I’m afraid it will warp the wood.

  34. Lisa says

    I used this a few times on my laminate floor and it does make them shiny and new-looking, but it also builds up. The only way I found to remove the build up was straight ammonia. I spray it on from a spray bottle, wait a minute and then scrub with a rough cloth. Do this only when you can open a window!

  35. Roberta says

    I use Bono which does great job too. And when I see it’s just starting to look a little dull I make a huge pot of black tea,let it sit for about 15 to 30 minutes then just mop floor. Puts back some of the shine in floor and you can walk on it a lot sooner then the Bono or quick shine it’s not as shing as them but it helps to hold off having to move furniture and use Bono till spring.

  36. Toni says

    I have used this product for years! It never fails me. Usually one coat is enough for that beautiful shine!

  37. Anne says

    I have used this product for years, I love it. I have used it for wood floors, vinyl floors, ceramic tiles that have dulled, wood furniture I wanted just a bit of sheen to. My floors I have now are a pre-finished oak that was just a bit too dull. I didn’t want the full shine of using the Halloway House Quick Shine full strength, so, I diluted 50/50 and used it. I have just a slight sheen without being shiny. Very happy and always have it on hand. (I also used it on my concrete bird bath, worked much better and lasted longer than the ‘concrete sealer’ I had used previously for a shine!)

  38. Brenda says

    Do you think this would be good to use on wood furniture. I’m thinking of my oak dining table which is dull and splotchy and has water marks on it.

      • Brenda says

        Thanks for sharing your opinion. My sister swears by the spray Liquid Gold. But this product sounds like a winner. I’m not hearing any downside of it. Gonna try it! Thanks!! Great site too!

  39. Susan says

    Is it anything like Mop and Glo? That gets milky when wet then dries dull. You cannot damp mop later, you have to just keep reusing it. It also scratches and It’s very difficult to remove. What does Quick Shine do in those situations?

    • says

      I can not remove you from that option, you have to do it yourself, sorry. There should be an unsubscribe/unfollow from the comments within the email you are receiving. Not sure of the exact wordage but I have accidentally done that before so I know you can stop receiving them.

  40. says

    I located a Promise item that placed a lovely sparkle on my timber floorings and also when the squirt container ran out I might never ever locate it once more. And also I like that this item is pleasant. The distinction in the luster on your floorings is impressive.

  41. says

    I am always concerned about what products I use on hardwood flooring and I haven’t tried this one yet. Is it anything like Murphy’s Oil Soap? Also, does it make the floors slippery? It might be good for a quick fix if the floors are clean and don’t get too slippery.

  42. Kristin says

    Thanks for this post! We purchased a new house and it just isn’t a priority to refinish the hardwood floors just yet. We used this and the floor is BEAUTIFUL! Still needs to be refinished, but it is completely fine for the time being!!

  43. Patti says

    I wonder what it would do on the kitchen cabinets? If you drip water on it, does it turn “white”?
    Just wondering if it was oil based, acrylic based, water based?

  44. Maureen says

    Hiya I am just wondering if this products safe to use on ceramic floor tiles? Thanks in advance for any information.

  45. Charles Jackson says

    Wow!!! Really good shining. Thanks for sharing about this. Our floors are coated with hardwood and i think they require much care than any other. The shining fades away after few months of repolishing. Anyway I will try this product by this weekend. But is it possible to apply this finish on epoxy coated floors. Because our garage and basement floors are coated with epoxy coatings about three years ago as the part of our home renovation. I have also two pets in my home. So please let me know if it is harmful to animals.

  46. jacki lamphire says

    I love this product and have used it for quite some time, however, I have 2 Maltese dogs and their
    nails do leave lots of scratches. And they slide a lot !!!! Now, my question is, how about getting it up when you want to refresh as I do? I’m going to try the diluted ammonia tonight, and if that doesn’t work I’m going to buy a product called GOOF OFF . Has anyone tried it on dull laminate floors? To get the Built Up wax off? Please let me know. Thank you for this web page. Jacki

  47. Stacy Jayne says

    I have used this product. Made a MAJOR mistake!! I used my Shark floor cleaner to apply. DO NOT do that!! Leaves horrible marks on floor that are rough, look awful and can’t be removed!! Great product, but, do it like the directions say and use a sponge mop….ugh!

  48. Ash says

    Wow I needed something like that I use bona floor cleaner but my floors are so dull can u plz tell what u used to clean that before u used the polish and how do u keep it clean when u need to mop I have 2 kids and one dog and I have to mop a Lott!!

  49. Ro says

    I saw this post on pinterst looking for a natural cleaner and I must warn everyone. DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT! I’ve spent far too many months trying to repair the damage to my beatiful floors from the build up it’s created. Yes it looks beautiful for a while but then it starts to scratch and scuff and there is NOTHING you can do to repair it besides stripping it. I have used an exacto knife and a toothbrush on my stone floors stripper on wood floors anything I can think of to get it off. If I had known this product was used on my floors I would have negotiated its removal before purchase. I’ve been told its banned from renters using it on some prperties. Sorry for the rant but its awful!

  50. says

    It is amazing how shiny the floor looks on the second picture! I need to try this product! I have hardwood floors everywhere in the house and it will be great if I can get them shiny and nice. I clean the floor in the kitchen every day and because there is always somebody in the kitchen the floor has scratches and it’s lost its usual shine. I will try the Quick Shine Floor Finish. Thanks for sharing!

  51. Renee says

    I have used this for years. It is the best on the market. I have a Shark floor cleaner. They also make their own brand of polish, which came with the cleaner when I bought it and their cleaner doesn’t even come close to this stuff!

  52. Marilyn says

    How do you clean the micro applicator? Mine gets hard after I’ve applied the product on my floors (I actually shine my brick flooring in our loggia with Quick Shine) and I have to throw it away…I know there must be a way to clean and reuse them.

    • says

      To be honest, I had the same issue. I just use a cloth now. Not good on the knees but I do it anyway. I think I will message the company and ask. Thanks for reminding me I need that applicator!

  53. Em says

    How does this hold up?

    Amazon had some negative reviews saying it dulls immediately. I also saw one of your commenters say it gets cloudly and ruins floors.

  54. Luana says

    I was wondering if this products works to remove or at least lessen mild scratches from moving furniture..?

    The scratches l have are surface and look more like a colourless scuff. I would love to maintain them but have never found a product that would help restore them. If this product addresses that, can you let me know where l can purchase it? I live in Toronto, Ontario.

    Thanks for posting : )

  55. Donna Swilling says

    Does this product make hardwood floors slippery. My moms flooring is less than 2yrs old. (We lost my bother & best friend. Her second child..not to mention losing my oldest hero to prostate cx less than six mths.) *Great insurance, but..anyway I need something to replace her favorite MOP N GLOW. Sorry to say all that

    • says

      Oh my goodness, I am so sorry for you grief and loss.

      I don’t find that my floors are slippery but I would imagine everyone’s may be different. You might want to try in a small area out of the way just to test. ~Sonya

  56. Amber says

    That stuff is nuts to get off when it starts to dull. My 2000 plus sf of wood floors looked worse than before when this stuff started to wear off. I threw out the full bottle.

  57. Chely says

    It’s not like a wax is it? I don’t want build up. I put something on a couple years ago and I’m am still trying to get it off my hardwoods.

  58. Twyla says

    I used to use this on my floors and it did give a great shine, but it does build up and if there is anything on the floor at all when you put it on, like dog hair or people hair etc, it gets waxed in with the Holloway and then you can’t get it up. This is a real problem if you have pets or if your floors aren’t absolutely spotless when you wax them.


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