The Way to Remove Old Wax From Floors Without Chemicals
- Nov 03, 2020-
Waxed floors such as linoleum or vinyl can flake or become yellow due to age or too many layers of wax. Even freshly-washed and waxed floors can look dull or yellow if there are too many layers of wax underneath. You can strip the old wax from the floor without the need for harsh, commercial wax-stripping chemicals. Vinegar and ammonia are two common household items that can soften the wax enough for you to remove it with a little elbow grease.
Mix 1 gallon of warm water, 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of cream of tartar in a bucket.
Dip a mop into the solution and apply it to the floor. Allow it to sit for a few minutes until the wax softens.
Scrub the floor in a circular motion, using a scrub brush. Dip the scrub brush into the solution, as needed. Alternatively, use an ultra-fine steel wool pad to remove the old wax.
Fill a bucket with clean water and mop the floor to rinse off the solution.
Mix 1/2 to 1 cup of ammonia and 1 cup of laundry detergent with 1 gallon of warm water in a bucket.
Dip a mop into the solution and mop the floor thoroughly to saturate it. Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes to soften the wax.
Scrub the floor in a circular motion to remove the wax, using a stiff scrub brush or ultra-fine steel wool pad. Rinse the brush or pad in the bucket as often as needed.
Fill a bucket with water and mop with it to remove any cleaning solution.