How to Wax Ceramic Tile


Ceramic tiles offer a warm, rustic feeling in a room yet sometimes lack that polished shine that other tiles have. Waxing ceramic tiles will give you that smooth finish combined with ceramic's natural charms. The whole procedure is a simple one that you need not repeat more than twice a year. Make sure the materials you use are designed for ceramic tiles or they can cause damage to the surface of the tiles that can't be repaired.

Things You'll Need

  • Mop
  • Wax build-up remover
  • Stiff brush
  • Ceramic tile wax
  • Power buffer
  • Clean the tiles very thoroughly with a damp mop to remove any dirt that may prevent the wax from adhering to the floor. Allow the tiles to dry completely after cleaning.

  • Remove any excess wax buildup from previous waxings. Use a cleaner designed specifically for removing wax from ceramic tiles. Apply the cleaner to the wax build up with a stiff brush and brush vigorously until the wax is gone.

  • Let the tiles rest for a week after removing old wax.

  • Apply a ceramic tile wax to your tiles in a very thin layer, following the manufacturer's instructions. The wax should be spread as thin as possible.

  • Use a power buffer to create an even luster in the wax.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wax the floors at night to allow the floors to rest overnight.
  • Make sure the wax is thoroughly buffed to avoid creating an unsafe, slippery surface.

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