I have been asked by many of my clients, should I wax or not wax my floors?
A clean, well-waxed floor provides a polished look to every room in your home, so while I encourage you to wax, it is a bit of a daunting tax to be honest. Often wax build up is the result of over-waxing, therefore, it is recommended that you only do it once every few years. Plan to do this during your spring cleaning and it will not seem like such a huge task and you will be better prepared for it.
I still have visions of my mother pulling out her gigantic floor polishing machine. As a child, I think it frightened me, it was loud and resembled a lawn mower with soft circular pads on the bottom of it. These pads would swill around the floor and I often wondered if it would polish the entire floor off the ground. If my mother had her way, I think she would have wanted it that way, she simply loved to polish her floors.
Thankfully, it is no longer popular to polish every week and use those big bulk floor polishers, it is more realistic to wax every few years by following these basic steps instead.
1. Make sure the room is well ventilated.
2. Remove all furniture and objects laying on the floor.
3. Remove the old wax build-up with some commercially bought wax stripper. There are now many choices available including eco friendly products such as Bioshield Wax Remover.
4. Before you use any commercially bought products, always be sure to read the label and make certain you are purchasing the correct kind of product for your floor. You may not be able to return one that is not suitable for your floor or worse you may use it on your floor and create damage to it.
5. Stripping the old wax is physically demanding, you might want to consider renting an electric floor stripper to make your workload easier. When you are about to strip the wax from the floor, you will need to have handy the following supplies; the wax stripper, a broom, mop, scrubbing pads, a small scrub brush or putty knife, a bucket, and some old rags for them tough to get at spots.
When you have finished stripping the old wax, you will need to clean the floor thoroughly, let it dry and begin to apply the new coat of wax.
While each brand of floor wax his its own application instructions, some things you need to do will include;
- Ventilate the entire area ~ fumes from certain types of waxes can be absolutely horrible.
- Work in smaller sections, this will make the process seem slightly easier.
- Test the wax on a small section of your floor before continuing, if it is not creating a nice polished finished, your floor may need replacing and there is no point finishing it.
- Begin in the farther corner of the room and work your way towards the doorway, you do not want to get trapped inside the room while the wax is still wet.
- You will need to let the wax dry for at least a day before you begin replacing things back into the room. You can test this by touching the floor lightly, if it is sticky in any way, it is still wet, you should be able to rub your hand over it smoothly when completely dry.
Waxing may seem like a huge task while you are in the middle of doing it, but the rewards of it far out way the work.
Imagine how beautiful your home will look once it is done and the best part, you have saved tons of money on not having to replace your flooring and you can forget about it for a few years.
Waxing is a great idea if you have the time and patience to do it, otherwise hire a professional like Sonya’s cleaning located in Montreal to do it for you. We have contractors who can do the job for you. Sonya’s cleaning, is home cleaning, cleaning tips and a whole lot more!