How To Remove Quick Shine From Laminate Floors

How To Remove Quick Shine From Laminate Floors?

Quick Shine® Multi-Surface Floor Finish is safe for any flooring. From laminates to hardwood surfaces, this finish helps protect every sealed hard surface while adding the depth of color and luster. But let’s face it—there comes a time when the entire floor will need to be refinished.

You ask why?

The reason is simple; over time, Quick Shine® will trap dust, dirt, and pet hair embedded in the hard floor. This is especially the case if you apply Quick Shine® before sweeping your surfaces. So if you realize your floors are shining no more, apply another coat and reverse that look in an instant.

Now to the anonymous elephant in the room: what’s the best way to remove Quick Shine® from laminate flooring? Read on and learn...

How To Remove Quick Shine From Laminate Floors?

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Like hardwood floors, the best way to remove Quick Shine® from laminate surfaces is to use the right cleaning product. Quick Shine® Deep Cleaner is made specifically for removing Quick Shine® from all hard floors. The product removes the finish from hardwood floors, without harming their polyurethane seal.

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you remove Quick Shine® safely and effectively from floors:

What You Need:

  • Holloway House Quick Shine® Deep Cleaner
  • Microfiber mop (or vacuum cleaner)
  • Fine steel wool (optional)
  • 3 gallons hot water
  • Sponge mop (or hardwood floor mop)
  • Microfiber scrubber pad
  • Damp cloth
  • Vacuum cleaner (optional)

Step 1: Sweep the Surface

Using a microfiber mop, remove loose dirt and debris from the surface. You can also use a vacuum cleaner. However, be sure the vacuum in question has a hard floor attachment to prevent scratching the floor. Also, make sure it doesn’t have a beater bar as it could scratch the floor.

Step 2: Address Heavy Buildup

For heavy buildup, fine steel wool will do the trick. But as a general rule of thumb, avoid using hard scouring brooms on the floor as they may leave scratches. Remember, there's hardly any laminate floor in the market that's completely scratch-proof.

Step 3: Dilute the Deep Cleaner

In a bucket, pour 2 cups of the deep cleaning product into 3 gallons of hot water to dilute. Leave the cleaner in hot water for a few minutes before you start cleaning the surface. Diluting the deep cleaner in hot water makes it more effective. Meaning you won't struggle shining your floors.

Step 4: Apply the Cleaner

Once the deep cleaner is diluted, apply it to the floor using a sponge or hardwood floor mop. To effectively remove debris and buildup from the entire floor, work on small sections of the floor at a time. For example, doing 500 square feet of wood floors makes cleanup more manageable.

Step 5: Leave the Solution a Little

Your objective is to remove every last bit of the Quick Shine® finish from wood floors. For that reason, let the cleaner rest on the area a bit in order to fully disengage the finish.

Pro Tip: Never let the solution dry as it may stick back on the floors. Add a little water to the surface if the Holloway House cleaning solution appears to be drying.

Step 6: Confirm If There’s Any Film

After a few minutes, observe if there’s any color change in the floor finish. If it turns to a milky white color, it means the finish is coming out of the floor. You can now proceed to the next step.

Step 7: Wipe the Area in Small Sections

Using a microfiber scrubber pad, wipe the wood floors to agitate and remove the dirt. As usual, work systematically on smaller portions, from the anterior end toward the door and outside. Employ aggressive agitation and elbow grease to remove multiple layers of the finish, if any.

Step 8: Rinse the Area Thoroughly

If you’re sure all the finish has gone, rinse the area with clean, warm water. Do not flood-coat the area with water, because too much moisture could lead to streaks. Rinse your hardwood floors thoroughly, but carefully, using a damp cloth. Then move onto the next 500 sq ft portion and repeat steps 1-8.

Step 9: Allow Floors to Dry

When all is said and done, allow at least 30 minutes for the floors to air-dry. Avoid stepping on the surface before it’s completely dried. Walking on wood floors before they’re completely dried is a recipe for streaks.

Pro Tip: If there’s a heavy build-up of the finish on your hardwood floors, perform a second treatment. You can also increase the concentration of the Holloway House deep cleaner for added effectiveness. 

Can You Use Quick Shine on Laminate Floors?

Can You Use Quick Shine on Laminate Floors

The answer to this question is a resounding YES! Quick Shine® is compatible with a variety of sealed hard floors, including laminates, woods, vinyl, tiles, stones, linoleum, and more. If your hard surfaces are lacking their original luster, Quick Shine® will restore it back.

Make sure you apply this finish only when your surfaces are free of debris and completely dry. After applying the product, give it 4-5 days to fully cure before using the cleaner. You might also want to consider dust mopping your floors during the first few days to keep the dirt and debris at bay.

To prevent your surfaces from streaking, apply just enough coat; neither too little nor too much. Also, allow sufficient time for it to cure before applying subsequent coats. Streaking can occur if you don’t allow each coat to dry completely.

You need to apply a fresh new coat of this multi-surface finish every 2-4 months to enhance the glow. And each time you refresh the finish, maintain it by dry dusting weekly with a dry microfiber mop. That way, you’ll be able to maintain the finish gloss.


Made of water-borne polymer, Quick Shine® protects and shines sealed hard surfaces and prolongs their life. It also adds a deep, rich glow quickly and easily.

But due to various limitations, removing this finish from floors can be a pain in the butt. But with the above simple steps, you can remove the finish from surfaces without breaking a sweat. Give them a shot and let us know how it goes in the comments below.