How to Clean Wax Off a Tile Floor

Posted December 14, 2020 by in Lifestyle

Most floors nowadays do not need frequent waxing to stay in the best conditions. Regular cleaning and polishing are enough; however, for older floors, you may need to wax. Over time, the wax can build up, especially on tile floors bringing about a dull yellowy color. This makes the floor look older than it is and can be frustrating to clean.

This article can be helpful if you are looking for ways to clean wax off a tile floor. You will find a step by step guide that you can follow to clean your tile floor and strip wax off. You will also find a few tips that can make the process quicker and more effective:

What You Need to Strip Wax off a Tile Floor

For the best results, you need a few items for the project. These are items you already have at home, and if not, you can access them in a local store. For stubborn areas, you will need a machine for cleaning tile floors and grout – like those reviewed at Lifestyle Reviews. 

  • Water
  • Ammonia 
  • White vinegar
  • A mob and bucket
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • Nylon scouring pad
  • Soft towel

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Remove Wax off Tile Floors

Step 1: Prepping

Before you start working on the floor, open all the windows in the room. Also, remove everything on the floor for easy cleaning and quick access to each part of the floor. It is advisable to sweep or vacuum the floor to remove all the dirt and dust.  If you skip this step, you risk scratching the floor with dirt particles when removing wax. 

Step 2: Safety First

In this project, you will come in contact with compounds that might harm your skin. It is, therefore, important to wear latex or rubber gloves before you start handling the solution.

If you cannot bear the smell of ammonia, wear a mask before you start cleaning.

Step 3: Preparing the Wax Remover

If you are using a store-bought wax remover, you need to follow the instructions from the manufacturer. This will ensure you follow the measurements and use the right portions. If you are making the wax remover at home, here is how you do it.

Pour one part of white vinegar into a container and add one part of ammonia. If you use a cup of vinegar, use the same cup to measure the ammonia. Mix these with a pail of hot water and add a gallon of more water to mix everything. If the wax build-up is not as much, you can use water and vinegar to clean.

Step 4: Treat the Stains

Assess the areas around the floor to locate heavily soiled parts. Start by applying the mixture to these areas. Usually, corners and edges have the most build-up, and you might need to use the nylon scouring pad for such areas. 

Use the mop to saturate the entire floor with the mixture. Leave the mixture to sit for 5 to 10 minutes, giving it time to lift the wax off the tile surface. After a while, mop the solution and clean the mop out in a second bucket of water.

You might need to repeat this cycle until the tiles are no longer yellow. This will depend on how much wax had built up in the first place. 

Step 5: Clean the Entire Floor

After treating heavily-soiled areas, spread the solution on the rest of the floor. The importance of this is to ensure the surface is uniform, and there are no harsh lines between treated and untreated areas.

You might want to leave the solution to sit for a few minutes to lift the wax and the rest of the stains on the floor.

Step 6: Winding Up

Change the water in your mop bucket and replace it with clean water. Rinse the mop completely and go over the surface one more time. This will remove any remaining wax while getting rid of the solution you just used. When the water looks murky during your rinse, change it again for a thorough clean.

Additionally, this will remove the vinegar and ammonia smell leaving the floor clean and the room odorless.