Waxing Hardwood Floors?

Okay, floors are coming along. I cleaned with an equal solution of vinegar and water and you wouldn't believe the way it cut the dirt!

Now - to wax or not to wax. There is no shine on the hardwood floors now and it was suggested that they need to be waxed. Any recommendations for what sort of wax to use on hardwood floors?



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May 18, 20050 found this helpful
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I've always had good luck with Johnson's floor wax. It comes in a yellow can, looks like car wax can. You can find it at almost any store in the cleaners aisle. I would not suggest using any type of liquid wax base, such as mop and glo or future. You will get a bad build up that's very hard to get rid of.

By Shirl (Guest Post)
May 31, 20050 found this helpful
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I use Lemon oil, it moisturizes the wood as well as shine it

By Lisad (Guest Post)
June 15, 20050 found this helpful
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We have Bruce hardwood floors with a very rustic look. Clean first with Murphy's Oil soap (lots of elbo' grease involved here.) Next douse generously with that expensive lemon oil. You can actually clean very well with lemon oil and a terry cloth, but for high traffic, you need to cheat with a "cleaner." Spread the lemon oil heavily and the store brand, compare, most are the same. Let this soak into the wood for an hour or 2. Rub with that elbo' grease, with the grain, until your rag looks filthy! Change Rags as often as neeeded. (Lemon oil is flamable.) Now although your floor looks good now, lemon oil won't last. You have to seal it with a good wax that won't gum up your floor.


I used to use the liquid Johnson's floor wax, but can't find it in the stores any longer. Now we've tried the paste, but are not as pleased with the "shine" or the amount of work it takes to put down and then polish. The protection is good, and the dirt seems to be repelled well with the paste. Check your manufacturer (brand) website, or the sites of others like Bruce to get some good (nonhazardous) cleaners and polishers. Whatever you do, do not clean with soap and water. You don't want to "raise" the wood...Murphy's does a bit.

If all else fails, don't ditch your wood floor for something trendy. Stick with it. Some people polyurithane their floors and they look great.

By ldysalt. (Guest Post)
June 19, 20050 found this helpful
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Use hot tea to make your floors shine (no sugar)

By minymont (Guest Post)
November 22, 20050 found this helpful
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Have used Holloway House Professional, Quick Fix, Quick Shine and Pure Wax for many years on our hardwood floors (think 15 yrs) we even have hardwood in bathroom. have never stripped it just add more layers. looks good no build up look. Can buy it most anywhere for a few cents under $5.00 for 27 fl.oz. I never plan on being without it


* try it in an out of way spot for own satisfaction

By Kim (Guest Post)
April 2, 20080 found this helpful
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Johnson's paste wax is awesome! But you need to buff really really well in circular motions. And let the paste wax dry some before you attempt to buff it, or you are defeating the purpose of even putting it on the floor.The more you buff the more it will shine. Trust me .Johnson's paste wax is the best out there in my opinion.

February 7, 20100 found this helpful
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I used gym floor finish on my hardwood floors. I bought it at a janitor supply business. It is like a poly product. I used a lambs wool pad to apply it. I suppose you could make a mop for it by using a microfiber cloth tied on a stick.


Lambswool pad was not cheap and cannot be reused. Apply in a figure eight like you would apply finish to a floor. My floor has looked great for over 15 years and I just use Murphys oil soap to clean it periodically. Hope this helps.

May 19, 20050 found this helpful

Diamondee ~ Thank you so much for the hint. Do you find it at HomeDepot ? I too was concerned about mop & glo, and the like. The stuff I scraped off the floor must have been years of gunk. Do you buff this wax after you apply it. Have you been successful with it ?

By Barbara (Guest Post)
May 3, 20060 found this helpful

I have a wax residue on my urethaned wood floor any suggestions on removing it other than sanding?

By Annie (Guest Post)
January 6, 20080 found this helpful

How many coats of Johnson wax do you put on.

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June 5, 20080 found this helpful

Do not wax hard wood floors. It actually damages the wood and seeps deeper down than the first layer. When you eventually do the floors the right way by sanding them down and putting polyurethane on them, it will cost you thousands of dollars to get it turned around. It can change the color of the wood, and you will have to sand down more of the wood, to get past the wax, because the urethane will not stick to the waxy buildup.


The wax is also easier to damage than polyurethane. My husband and his family have been in the flooring/sanding and refinishing business for many, many years, and cringe when they see wax coated hardwood. The only reason it should be waxed is on a ball court.

August 15, 20170 found this helpful

Wax is not bad for wood floors. It is better than polyurethane

October 14, 20130 found this helpful

Floor wax absolutely DOES NOT sink into the wood! That is ridiculous! It will easily wipe off with mineral spirits and never damage or discolour anything! If you are willing to put the time and effort into buffing waxed floors you will have the most beautiful finish! How did they do the Church hall 100 years ago?


Beware of water based varnish ! It will last a month before you need to sand off the whole finish (cannot patch repair!) costing you thousands! Polyeurethane varnish is better but looks VERY cheap and plasticy! No character and no depth of grain...and WILL wear out eventually! My opinion the best hardwood finish is 5 coats of Tung oil then Paste a buffer machine and you are set...


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