How to Remove Wax From Tile

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Wax your bathroom or kitchen tile floors to protect the tile.
Wax your bathroom or kitchen tile floors to protect the tile. (Image: Tiled floor image by Simon Amberly from Fotolia.com)

Wax can make your floor tiles shine. It also provides an extra layer of protection against scratches and stains. However, you may want to remove wax to replace it or to use another tile finisher and protector. Use white distilled vinegar to remove wax instead of ammonia or bleach, which can ruin sensitive linoleum tile by causing the tile’s finishing to wear off and the color to bleed. Use a soft bristled brush and scrub gently to prevent deep scratches in the tile. Alternatively, you may want to remove drips of candle wax from your bathroom or kitchen tiles. This wax is relatively simple to remove with the right tools.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Cream of tartar
  • Soft-bristled scrubbing brush
  • Warm water
  • Cloth
  • Plastic spoon
  • Credit card
  • Hard plastic spatula

Floor Wax

Mix one gallon of white vinegar with one cup of cream of tartar until the tartar has completely dissolved.

Dip a soft-bristled scrubbing brush into the solution and scrub the tile in a circular motion until the wax has been completely removed.

Wipe the area down with a cloth soaked in warm water.

Let the tile air dry completely.

Candle Wax

Let the wax cool completely until it is hard.

Scrape the wax with the back of a plastic spoon until it is completely removed. Alternatively, use an old credit card or hard plastic spatula to remove the wax.

Brush the wax residue away with a paper towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a few tablespoons of dishwashing soap to the floor wax removing mixture if you would like to also clean your floors during the process.

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