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Removing Wax From Laminate Flooring

I recently made the mistake of using a spray wax on my laminate floor. I also used a pad that looks like sheep's wool. After the floor dried it left fiber streak marks from the pad and now I have a floor with streaks marks that won't come off. How do I remove the wax from the laminate floor without ruining the finish?



By Javier from Spring Hill, TN

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December 13, 20132 found this helpful

I just spent a week trying different methods for removing the buildup on my floors. I tried the vinegar, ammonia, and mineral spirits.routines to no avail. But what did work was zep floor stripper from home depot, a plastic scraper, a rag, and a sponge. I added a little more than the recommended amount in a bucket with water, and had another bucket of fresh water with a large, clean sponge. Wear gloves and dip the rag in the zep mixture, spread it in a small area, about 4x4. Let sit for a few minutes and use the plastic scraper, going with the grain of the laminate to scrape up the residue. Then use the sponge to wipe away the excess, squeeze it out and rinse the area twice with the water. I also used a fresh mop after finishing each room. The floors look great again. So don't give up hope.

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November 21, 20162 found this helpful

This is the BEST and ONLY solution to removing wax build up from laminate flooring! I tried so many different solutions that I found and after wasting energy and money I'm so glad I came across your method to sanity before spending lots of money on new flooring. I can't thank you enough Kittu. ZEP floor stripper did the job quick and easy. THANK YOU!!!

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November 27, 20161 found this helpful

Heavy duty floor stripper made by ZEP says not to use on wood but doesn't specify laminate. Did you use it on your laminate?

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November 28, 20161 found this helpful

Our dark laminate flooring has a waxy coating of floor finish on it that leaves it sticky and hazy. Would you suggest using ZEP to clean it? I have never tried the product. I have tried many things and nothing works!

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December 6, 20161 found this helpful

I did use this on laminate flooring. It worked great without damaging my floors finish. Good luck!

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December 14, 20160 found this helpful

Did you use a sponge?

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December 14, 20161 found this helpful

Which one specifically did you used and did you applied it and cleaned it out with a sponge?

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February 18, 20170 found this helpful

I tried this and it worked great on my laminate that had been waxed for several years. A local cleaning company had quoted me $250/hour to strip laminate so I saved a ton of $$$$.

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April 23, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you folks for all the tips on removing the wax on laminate.I am going to try the Sprayaway. Used vinegar,but didn't do the whole job.

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July 31, 20170 found this helpful

I used it on 20 yo wilsonart laminate "wood" floors. They were so bad and had such dirty built up wax that I was using it full strength in spots. I broke up the wax with the brush end of a quickie mop so I only hand scrub stubborn spots. Mopped up and rinsed floor twice then went over with a towel on my feet. Finished w zep high traffic polish - just one coat - they look new!!!

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