Waxing your floors will definitely add to the charm of your home. Getting the best results takes a bit of skill and some good advice. Here is how to get perfect results every time.

The Advantages of Waxing Floors

  • protects the surface and help to preserve its natural beauty
  • regular waxing will prolong the life of hardwoods
  • wax hides small dents and scratches
  • protects wood from water damage
  • reduces scratching and grinding on your hardwood floor
  • prevents excessive drying and warping of the hardwood

Types of Floor Waxes

  • water based which is best on asphalt, rubber-tiled, vinyl floors and it provides a shiny, high-gloss finish without buffing
  • solvent based wax – must be buffed to provide a high-gloss finish
  • polymer based wax – no buffing required but must be scrapped when new wax gets applied

Steps for Waxing Floors Never Waxed Before

  • remove all furniture, carpets or rugs from the room
  • remove dirt and dust with a vaccum cleaner
  • remove any dirt with a mop and allow the floor to dry
  • apply your wax using a clean mop head or sponge head beginning from the middle of the room
  • allow the wax to dry per manufacturer’s instructions
  • apply another coat of wax if needed

Tools and Materials Required

Tips for Waxing Floors

  • apply thin coats of wax for better results
  • after each coat, inspect the floor carefully for places which were not covered – apply wax in these areas and let them dry before applying the next coat
  • when applying wax move slowly from the middle of the floor towards the walls
  • do not rush, take your time for outstanding results when applying wax
  • make sure you do not leave bubbles of wax on the surface of the floor – slow down
  • bubble will eventually crack and expose your floor to dirt and moisture
  • solvent-based waxes require buffing for a high-gloss shine
  • polymer waxes will eventualy turn yellow should be stripped and reapplied
  • old wax formulas include toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde
  • if concerned with indoor air quality buy a wax made from organic materials
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When to Re-Wax the Floor?

  • if floor looks yellow or the surface looks cloudy remove the old wax and apply new one
  • if you notice a wax buildup, remove the old wax and apply new wax
  • if solvent based wax, try to buff the surface, it may not be required to re-wax

Tools and Materials Required to Strip Old Wax

Steps to Stripping Old Wax

  • prepare the stripping solution according to manufacturer’s directions
  • spread just enough stripper to cover a 2 x 2 feet area using a mop
  • let the stripper stand per manufacturer’s recommendations
  • remove the wax using scrubbing pads or a scrubbing machine
  • using a wet/dry vacuum or a squeegee, push the wax and excess stripper into the dustpan
  • alternate soaking and scrubbing sections until you finish the entire surface
  • repeat the process in all areas where required
  • rinse if the stripper’s manufacturer recommends it

Tips for Stripping Old Wax

  • test your stripping product in an inconspicuous area before stripping the entire surface
  • start from the furtherst corner from the door
  • do not apply to much striping solution, it can cause hardwoods to stain or warp
  • if you are using a scrubbing machine, apply the solution on a larger surface at once

Tips for Maintaining a Waxed Floor

  • sweep regularly to prevent dirt from embedding itself in the wax
  • damp-mop with water once a week to remove anything sticky
  • do not let any spills dry as it will create a stubborn, dirt-attracting spot on your beautiful floors

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