How to Get Wax Buildup Off the Kitchen Floor

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Wax buildup creates an uneven finish on your linoleum, vinyl or tile kitchen floor. When wax ages and is exposed to dirt and sunlight, it becomes yellow and distorts the color of your floors. Most modern vinyl floors have a no-wax finish and will stay shiny as long as they are kept clean. If you have an older floor or your new floor has been waxed, you will need to remove the old wax periodically.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge mop
  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Ammonia
  • Dishwasher detergent without bleach
  • Clean rags

Mix 2 gallons hot water, 2 cups ammonia and 1 cup powdered dishwashing detergent. Be sure the dishwashing detergent does not contain bleach. Mix until the detergent granules dissolve.

Dip your mop in the solution and scrub a 1-foot-by-1-foot section of the floor. Use plenty of cleaning solution. Repeat until the whole floor is scrubbed. Some areas, particularly corners, may need to be scrubbed more than once.

Mop up the excess solution with rags. Rinse the mop in clean water, and rinse the floor in sections. Rinse well with plenty of warm water. Dry the floor with clean rags.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.
  • Start in the farthest corner of the room and work toward the door.
  • To avoid creating hazardous fumes, never mix ammonia with any product containing bleach.
  • Use ammonia in a well ventilated place

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