How to Remove Floor Wax From Rubber Baseboards

Break out your cleaning kit and a few items from the kitchen to tackle dirty baseboards.
Break out your cleaning kit and a few items from the kitchen to tackle dirty baseboards. (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

Rubber baseboards provide an attractive, functional and affordable alternative to wooden baseboards. However, virtually any type of baseboard is susceptible to unsightly floor wax spots; such close proximity to the floor makes rubber baseboards a prime target for waxy buildup and residue resulting from routine floor maintenance. You can easily remove floor wax from rubber baseboards with a few simple household products.

Things You'll Need

  • Lint-free cleaning cloths
  • Feather duster
  • Discarded credit card
  • Bucket
  • White vinegar
  • Cream of tartar
  • Scrub brush
  • Mop

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Dust the baseboards with a feather duster and wipe them down with a damp, lint-free cloth before starting the floor-wax removal process.

Scrape any dried, globlike buildup from the baseboards with a discarded credit card. Scrape gently in one direction to avoid scratching the rubber.

Create a solution of white vinegar and cream of tartar in a bucket or another type of container. Use 1 cup of cream of tartar for each 1 gallon of white vinegar. Mix the solution thoroughly.

Dip a soft-bristled cleaning brush into the solution and gently scrub the baseboards free of waxy buildup. Follow along with a clean, dry cloth, wiping the baseboards of the solution. Hand scrub any stubborn areas with a solution-saturated cloth or sponge, applying pressure with your fingers and fingernails as necessary.

Give the baseboards a final wipe down with a clean, lint-free cloth dampened with clean water.

Damp mop your floor to clean up any mess and allow the area to air dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Prevent wax buildup on your rubber baseboards with regular cleaning. Each time you wax the floor, dust the baseboards and wipe them with a soft-sided mop and white vinegar cleaning solution.


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