How to Restore No-Wax Vinyl Floor Shine in High Traffic Areas


A no-wax vinyl floor sounds great when giving your kitchen or bathroom a makeover. Coated with a substance that gives them a just-waxed appearance, they should cut back on your need to wax floors. For the most part, it works, but even a no-wax floor will eventually dull and lose its luster. This is especially true in high-traffic areas. Little can be done do to prevent the wear on your floor but you can take some simple precautions to protect and give it a boost when needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • White vinegar
  • Lamb's wool pad
  • Water-based self-polish wax
  • Clean your floor on a regular basis. High-traffic areas may need daily cleaning. This will keep dirt from scratching and dulling the finish. Wipe up spills immediately.

  • Add one tablespoon of white vinegar to one gallon of water in a bucket when mopping. Do not use a strong alkaline cleaner like ammonia. It will soften the wax and cause the floor to become cloudy. Do not flood with water, just damp mop.

  • Buff the floor with a lamb's wool pad to bring out the shine. Do this weekly in high-traffic areas to maintain the luster.

  • Use a water-based self-polish wax designed for floors. Do not use a paste furniture wax. It will make the floor slippery. Apply it in a thin, even layer as directed on the bottle. After drying, buff the floor with a lamb's wool pad if necessary to bring out the shine.

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