The Easiest Ways to Wax Floors

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If you have tile or wood floors, you may have the need to apply wax from time to time to maintain the desired shine and to protect the surface from wear. Waxing your floors doesn't have to be a hassle. Simple methods will get the job accomplished that will only take you a short time so you can get on with your housekeeping and enjoy the rest of your day. Although there are many products and methods you could use to wax your floors, follow a few simple guidelines to wax floors the easiest way.

Remove Loose Particles

  • Before the wax ever gets applied, the floor needs to be clean. Wax seals the surface of the floor, and you don't want to seal in dirt and grit, so clean the floor thoroughly. You'll need to sweep the entire floor, clearing it of any foreign material. Any bits of dirt, sand or other particles can act as an abrasive on the floor and should be removed. Running the vacuum over the floor is an option as well.

Plain Water Mop

  • After you have swept or vacuumed, mop the floor with plain water, which is all you'll need if you clean your floors regularly. If you need something more potent because you have neglected your floors, use any type of floor cleaning solution you desire, but use a product that is safe for the type of floors you have. Wood and linoleum are especially susceptible to damage if the wrong chemicals are applied. If you use a cleaning product, mop over the floor again with clean water to remove any residue and dry the floor completely with clean towels.

No Buff Wax

  • Now that your floor is clean, it is primed for wax application. Since you are looking for the easiest way to wax the floor, you'll need to buy a no-buff wax. Some waxes require you to buff the floors to a shine after application and drying. But to save time and effort, buy a no-buff wax that dries to a shine without the need for buffing. The only downside to these products is that the results will not last as long, and the shine might not be as brilliant as other types. But when it comes to easy, there is no comparison.

Apply and Dry

  • Now that you have your no-buff wax, shake it and pour a small pool of the product directly on the floor. Use a wax-applying mop or a clean cloth to spread the wax in smooth, even strokes all in the same direction. You should use enough wax so the floor looks evenly wet. Allow the wax to dry, and the shine should appear within a half hour.

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