How to Get Old Wax Off Wood Floors

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Wax on wood floors eventually dulls and yellows. You will want to remove any old wax to renew the beauty of your wood floors and before applying a fresh coat of wax. Your floor may have been coated with a water-based acrylic wax or with a paste wax. Paste wax was more commonly used before 1930. The method used to remove the wax depends on the type of wax used on your floor.

Things You'll Need

  • Steel wool
  • Floor cleaning pad
  • Mineral spirits
  • Rags
  • Mop stripper
  • Mop
  • Wet vacuum

Determine the Type of Wax Used on Your Floor

  • Ensure your floor is clean of dirt and dust.

  • Wet a small piece of extra fine steel wool with a little water. Rub it on an unnoticeable area of your floor.

  • Look at the steel wool. If you notice a light gray smudge, use the Paste Wax instructions. If you don’t see a gray smudge, use the Acrylic Wax instructions.

Paste Wax

  • Wet a floor cleaning pad with mineral spirits and wipe the floor to dissolve the old wax.

  • Wipe up the solution with clean rags while the floor is still wet.

  • Allow to dry completely before use.

Acrylic Wax

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