How to Remove Wax from Tile Floors

Pro Floor Savers Remove Wax from Tile Floors

One of the many problems with floor waxing is that over time, this wax can build up on tile floors. This can cause a yellow discoloration or make the floors look older than they actually are. You can easily breathe new life into your tile floors by stripping the old wax, and this is a fairly easy process that can be done yourself. Below we have listed what supplies you will need and the steps you should take to remove old wax from your tile floors, making them look nearly brand new.
Materials you will need:
  • Vacuum or broom
  • Two buckets of water (one gallon each)
  • 1 cup ammonia
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Mop
  • Gloves (rubber or latex-free)

Prepare to Remove Wax from Floors

The first step is simply prepping your surfaces to easily remove the leftover wax. Sweep or vacuum the floor, ensuring you clean up any dirt, dust, or hair particles. Ensuring your floor is properly cleaned before starting the process is important for preventing scratches or damage to the tile when you begin the process of removing the old wax.

Get the Wax Remover Ready

Many home improvement stores carry specific products for floor stripping and waxing. If you decide to use these, make sure to read the instructions carefully, ensuring you follow each step.
You can also make the remover yourself with this simple DIY home recipe.
Pour 1 cup of ammonia and 1 cup of white vinegar into one of the buckets of water, making sure the water is hot. Mixing the products this way ensures that the solution is diluted enough and will not damage your floors. Keep the other bucket of water at room temperature.
Ammonia is a strong chemical and can be abrasive to the skin and damage the eyes or nose if ingested. Be careful when mixing the solution and wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. If you only have a small amount of wax buildup on your floors, vinegar and water alone may do the trick. You can add the ammonia little by little depending on the strength of the solution you need for how much wax buildup you have. You may also want to consider opening a window or using a fan to keep the area well-ventilated.

Treating Discoloration 

First, apply your wax remover to areas of the surface that are heavily stained or discolored. Sometimes corners, edges, and the grout inbetween the tiles will have more buildup. Areas of the floor that see less foot traffic may also have more build-up, such as under furniture or in corners of rooms. Place your mop in the solution and apply it to the most affected areas, letting it sit for about five minutes. Using your second bucket of water, use the mop to wipe away any leftover solution. Repeat this step as many times as necessary until you have removed any discoloration or leftover wax. If the stains are very old and do not immediately come out, you may need to use a cleaning brush with bristles.

Cleaning Up the Floor 

After removing the worst stains and the most discolored parts of the wax, you can begin to remove wax from the rest of the floor. Let it sit for a couple of minutes before wiping it up. Use your mop to go over everything, rinsing it in between passes. Make sure to repeat this process as many times as necessary. A good rule of thumb is to change the water when it looks cloudy; this helps prevent dirt from being spread around.

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