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Removing Wax Buildup on Floors

Shiny waxed floors look great, but over time the wax can build up and result in a dull, dingy appearance. This is a guide about removing wax buildup on floors.

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Removing Wax Buildup on Floors
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March 12, 2016 Flag
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After removing the old wax with ammonia and washing the floor, will the floor need to be waxed again?

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March 12, 20161 found this helpful

Depends upon your preference, type of floor (wood, tile etc,), etc. Floor wax will help preserve the original floor finish and be easier to clean.

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March 13, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks for the reply I will give it a try and let you know.

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January 7, 2008 Flag
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I want to remove the built up of wax on my tile floors without having to rent a machine. From dragging furniture, and people dragging their feet, the tile has light places and it looks awful.

Linda

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January 8, 20080 found this helpful
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Do you know somwone with a small floor polisher. Any brand as long as the bottom is sealed. Open windows and pour straight ammonia on the area to be stripped, turn the polisher loose(with the stiff bristle brushes)and mop up the gunk. Works like a charm. Be sure to move any plants from the room too. The fumes can kill them.

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August 12, 20081 found this helpful
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Go to a Lowe's or department store or something like that, buy a gallon of floor stripper. With a bucket you don't mind to use, mix water and stripper together. Use a mop to put the mixture on the tile, be generous with the mixture on the floor and be careful it will be very slippery! Let it set for 5 minutes or so, then use an SOS pad or scrubber pad on the end of a broom handle or mop handle and scrub, it will come up. If you do not get it up, there will be yellowish spots, which is remaining wax.

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July 13, 20160 found this helpful

this is in an old grocery store and under shelves along a wall and edges

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August 17, 20160 found this helpful

It was waxed over 6 years ago and needless to say it looks terrible. There are a few spots that are the original color of the tile but the majority of the floors are yellow. Please help!!

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September 23, 2006 Flag
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How can I remove wax build up on vinyl flooring?

Puzzled from Illinois

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September 26, 20060 found this helpful
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Open doors and windows and remove plants, then pour on pure ammonia and turn a floor polisher, with a sealed underside, loose on the floor and mop up the gunk. Works wonderfully.

My brother used to be in the navy and told me that they scrub the deck with floor polishers as long as the motor isn't exposed on the bottom.

Editor's Note: Ammonia will remove wax but the fumes are very strong. Make sure you have doors and windows open and good ventilation while it is sitting.

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September 26, 20060 found this helpful
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Ammonia is what you use as Seamstress said. However, spread it on a section of the floor liberally, just pour some on and spread it, walk off for about 20 minutes and come back. It'll wipe right up. I used to own my own cleaning business and I've taken years and years of wax off this way.

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September 26, 20060 found this helpful

AWESOME, a former TV infomercial product, can be purchased at the dollar store here. You mix it one part Awesome to 10 parts water, I believe, but it that doesn't do it, try 5 parts water. It really is AWESOME stuff and the price sure is right!! I've found many, many uses for it.

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July 29, 20160 found this helpful

What quantity of ammonia do you mix with what quantity of water?

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July 5, 2013 Flag
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I used a product called Rejuvenate for my ceramic tiles. The master bathroom floor has dull blotches from this product. I am unable to remove the product from the floor. Rejuvenate has said to use a Windex product with out ammonia. That did not work. Has anyone used this product? Some of the tiles are OK and others look dull and have the appearance of water drops. I would not endorse the product.

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January 9, 20151 found this helpful

I have the same problem, but is on my wood floor and linoleum. The linoleum floor has turned off white and where rugs go has transferred the color of the rugs to the rejuvenate layer. I have spilled nail polish remover on a few spots and that removed the rejuvenate in that spot only.

I don't think that cleaning my entire floor with nail polish remover is smart but would love to know if someone has real ideas on removing this product. I will never use rejuvenate ever again, it has ruined my floors. I have been looking for something to remove this product for about 7 years with no luck. I have even taken a sander to one of my floors, which took the product off but in some places took the top layer of linoleum too. This was not a good idea either but that floor is no longer yellow!

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March 16, 20160 found this helpful

Floor stripper will remove this product off the floor and then use neutral rinse and the floor will look new again. Bill

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April 21, 20160 found this helpful

you can not stain ceramic tile easily.. i donot know that product but if you have original container then look see if it is water based or poly...difference is water and floor stripper will work but poly needs (misnamed) a heavy duty degreaser that will have to be ordered from a cleaning company

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October 4, 2014 Flag
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To clean a very old square floor tiles people just moped, slapping wax along the wood trim and now I have bad wax and dirt buildup. How do I clean wax build up around the wall?

By D Webber

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October 13, 20140 found this helpful

Mop and Glow became a popular product. It caused a lot of build up on floors. The only thing I found to remove the layers was strong ammonia mixed in water and scrub away. The mop water was changed frequently as it clouded up, but the floor looked really good when build up was gone.

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March 26, 2010 Flag
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We have a no wax floor. For some reason, over the years mom used wax on it. It looks dull and dirty. How can I remove all the built up wax?

By Donna

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March 26, 20100 found this helpful

Ammonia will remove build up wax on vinyl floors and brightens them too. Might have to get on hands and knees and scrub with cloth and changing the water frequently. Or you could go the slower pace using a mop with ammonia in the water each time you do the floors and eventually it will come off.

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