Waxing Wood Floors

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Okay, so your floors have been buffed and all the scratches have been removed. Now, it is time to protect your floor with a good wax.

Waxing your wood floor provides a protective seal that preserves your beautiful floor and ensures that you won’t have to go through this process year after year. Following the instructions as outlined by the wax manufacturer is crucial. If you don’t, you may end up with a slippery floor that is going to be a little dangerous.

Depending on your floor, there will be various types of wax that you can use. Here are a few of the more common wood floor waxes.

Solid Paste Wax

You would want to use a solid paste wax on unvarnished wood floors. This type of wax is also good for concrete, unvarnished cork floors and true linoleum but we will only focus on the wooden floors.

It is important to never use this type of wax on urethane finished wood floors, as it will cause issues with the floor.

A solid paste wax is applied to your floor by hand and will create a long-lasting shine that will be admired by house guests for years to come.

Liquid Wax

A liquid wax is easier to apply compared to the solid paste wax; however, the shine will not last quite as long. This type of wax is also ideal for unvarnished wood floors as well as unfinished cork floors.

Again, you will not want to use a liquid wax on a urethane finished wood floor as it will only wreak havoc on your beautiful masterpiece.

You can apply liquid wax either by hand using a damp cloth or with the help of a floor polisher. Either way, it is important to ensure the wax goes on evenly and lightly. Once the wax dries, we will buff the floor with a clean towel or an electric polisher to give your wood floor the shine it craves.

Water-Based Silicone Polish

This type of “wax” can be used on all floor types except unsealed wood, cork and linoleum floors. If you have a urethane finish on your wood floor then this is the only wax that you will be able to use.

When applying this type of wax, we will always apply several thin coats, as it will help speed up the drying process. If we were to apply one heavy coat, it would take ages to dry. Similarly, in high traffic areas, we will apply a few extra coats for added protection.Once the water-based silicone polish has dried, buffing it out with a clean towel or an electric polisher will reveal the enviable shine.

Regardless of the wax you choose, it is important to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the wax works the way it is intended to. Of course, our wood restoration team has over 30 years of experience and will be able to get your old floor shining like new in no time at all.

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