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All you need to know about waxing wooden floors

People love wooden floors for their natural look, but if they have not been treated with a protective coating, regular waxing is needed for wood floors to look its best.

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about waxing wood that tell you everything you need to know about keeping wood floors looking pristine with wax.

How often should you wax wooden floors?

How often you wax wood floors depends on the amount of footfall in the room. As a general guide, wax every six months, but in a home with only one or two people, you could get away with once a year. In a commercial building where a high number of people visit, waxing much more often may be necessary.

You can wax floors too often though, especially in little-used rooms or in areas under furniture. If too much wax has been built up it may need stripping before applying another wax coat.

If there is some build-up of wax, it may not need more waxing, just buffing.

How soon after waxing can you stand on the floor?

After waxing a wood floor, leave at least eight hours before walking on it, though some experts recommend a 72-hour period for the finish to cure.

What is the best wax to use on floors?

A wood floor is an investment in a high-quality luxury floor covering, so it is recommended that the best quality floor wax is used. There are two basic types of wax – liquid and paste. Liquid wax is easier to apply but may need more than one coat. The paste wax needs just one coat.

Good quality wax contains conditioning oils that feed the floor to prevent it from cracking or becoming too dry. Many liquid floor waxes can also be used on other wood surfaces such as furniture.

Floor waxes often contain petroleum. If you prefer a natural product, use beeswax from honeybees or wax made from palm leaves. Some waxes contain real orange that shines the floor.

Don’t use vinyl or linoleum floor wax on wood, as the chemicals they contain could damage the wood.

Can I use car wax on wood floors?

Car wax is a versatile product that has many uses around the house. It can prevent bathroom mirrors from fogging, it fights mildew when applied to tiles or shower doors, and stops snow from sticking to snow shovels.

In theory, car wax could be used on wood floors, but it is not recommended. Wax especially formulated for wood floors has been thoroughly tested to make sure that it effectively protects and preserves wood floors. It is unlikely that car wax manufacturers have extensively tested their products on wood floors, so using it is taking a risk.

Do wooden floors need waxing?

Not all wood floors need to be waxed. Much modern wood flooring is coated with a protective layer such as polyurethane and should not be waxed. If these surfaces become worn, they will require recoating.

Natural wood that has not been treated with a protective coat needs waxing to keep it in good condition and maintain its natural beauty. Wax can be applied over varnished wood.

If a wood floor is sanded, any top coating will be removed. The floor can then be varnished or waxed

How do I wax a wood floor?

Before applying wax, remove all furniture and other objects. Even if you use wax made from natural products, it is recommended that anyone applying the wax should wear a facemask in case the fumes are harmful.

Paste wax is applied with a cloth and is rubbed in. Follow the wood grain or use circular motions. After the wax has dried, buff by hand with a dry pad. Alternatively, a buffing machine or a drill with a buffing pad attachment can be used.

Liquid wax is easier to apply as it doesn’t have to be rubbed in. Use a cloth and spread the wax evenly across the floor. After the wax has dried, buff the floor by hand or machine.

Professional floor restorers will probably use machines for both applying and buffing the wax.

Can you use wax on engineered wood floors?

Engineered wood has a top layer of natural wood and is often finished with a top protective coating that does not need waxing. Engineered wood can be sanded a number of times depending on the thickness of the wood layer. After sanding it will need refinishing, or can be waxed.

What is the best way to clean a waxed wood floor?

Like any other floor, a waxed wood floor needs cleaning, but don’t use a wet mop. A moist cloth is fine, and any loose dirt can be vacuumed or brushed off.

Cleaning the floor often will gradually remove the wax so a regular application of wax is required.

Natural wood does not like high moisture, so make sure that spills are cleaned up promptly and moisture-absorbing mats are placed near entrances. Don’t use household cleaners on waxed floors as they could strip the wax off.

Should I buy alternative wood look floor coverings to save waxing?

If you love the look of natural wood, good quality luxury vinyl tiles and laminates are available in wood grain patterns that look realistic. They are easier to clean and maintain than natural wood.

Some people say that there is no real substitute for natural hardwood, and that no matter how good an alternative floor covering looks, they know it is not the same as natural hardwood. Many hardwood floor coverings have a protective layer and those that don’t can easily be waxed.

If a wood floor is looked after and regularly cleaned, it should last for a long time. Wood floor planks or blocks are a natural product from sustainable forests. At the end of a floor’s lifetime, wood can easily be recycled. If treated only with wax made from natural materials, they contain no chemicals and are suitable for allergy sufferers.

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