How to Remove Future Floor Polish

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Things You'll Need

  • Ammonia

  • Non-chlorine all-purpose cleaner

  • Natural bristle scrub brush

  • Moisture absorbent towel

While Future floor polish provides a satisfactory shine to most floors, you may eventually find the finish doesn't suit your needs. Instead of trying to cover the problem with another wax or shine, the best solution is to remove the Future floor polish. This may seem like a labor-intensive task, but a little hard work on the outset will save you hassle down the road when your floor is beginning to suffer build-up due to the application of too many products.


Step 1

Prepare a solution consisting of 1 cup of ammonia, ¼ cup of non-chlorine all-purpose cleaner and ½ gallon of cool water in a bucket designated for the task.

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Step 2

Apply the mixture to the area of the floor from which you wish to remove the Future floor polish. Use a mop or sponge that can be easily dipped into your cleaning bucket. Squeeze any excess liquid into your cleaning bucket.

Step 3

Allow the mixture to stand on the affected area for roughly five minutes. Keep small children and pets from entering the area while the mixture is on the floor to prevent skin irritations and accidental ingestion.

Step 4

Scrub the treated area using a natural bristle scrub brush.


Step 5

Soak up the remaining solution using a moisture absorbent towel.

Step 6

Mop the area with clean water. Frequently freshen your water as you're cleaning to maintain consistently clean water across the floor's surface.

Step 7

Allow the floor to dry completely.


This procedure will remove five to seven layers of Future floor polish. To remove layers that have consistently built up over the years, you may need to repeat the process over several days.


Never mix ammonia with chlorine bleach. Mixing ammonia and bleach causes a chemical reaction that is extremely harmful and potentially fatal. Check labels before mixing anything and, if you’re still unsure, don’t mix. Contact the product’s manufacturer by locating a phone number or website address on the product’s packaging.


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