How to Get Floor Wax Off Shoes

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Perhaps you missed the signs warning you to stay off of the floor as its been freshly waxed or maybe it was an actual spill that has caused floor wax to end up on your shoes. No matter what the reason, the problem is the same. Floor wax is slick when it dries and can turn your favorite pair of shoes into a potential hazard, not to mention an ugly stain from the wax may be prevalent. For both safety and aesthetics the wax needs to go.


Things You'll Need

  • Clean towel

  • Plastic scraper

  • Brown paper bag

  • Steam iron

  • White vinegar

  • Toothbrush

Step 1

Blot wet floor wax with a clean towel to remove as much as possible without spreading it. If the wax is dry, scrape it gently with a plastic scraper to remove as much as possible.

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Step 2

Place a section of a brown paper bag over the stained area of the shoe and iron over it with the iron on a low steam setting. Move the bag around as the wax begins to come off onto the towel to avoid spreading the stain.

Step 3

Discard the bag when you've removed as much of the wax as possible and visually assess the shoes for residual wax or brown stains.


Step 4

Mix one part white vinegar to two parts water.

Step 5

Dip a clean cloth into the solution and blot any areas that still have wax on them to remove it. Use a toothbrush dipped in the solution to help get into tight areas such as in between the tread on the soles and around the laces.


Avoid the use of harsh chemicals as this may only make the stain worse.