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How to clean and maintain a waxed floor

how to strip and maintain a waxed floor

Once your job of stripping, cleaning, and waxing the clients floor has been completed, your new task of keeping that floor looking fresh is paramount.

Guide: How to clean and maintain a waxed floor

Or “a How-to guide for keeping the shine and your sanity”

Keeping your sanity is not easy after going through all the effort of waxing (or rewaxing) a commercial sized floor.

The amount of effort, money, and dedication to get the job done right is high on the list of things that can drive someone to the brink of madness.  If you’ve done it, you know what I mean.

So rather than find out the hard way what I mean, you could just do what is outlined here and spend the rest of your time with your family in the sunshine, or playing scrabble with your cats or whatever it is that you do with spare time. I don’t judge.

Steps for success:

  1. Obtain a Neutral, non-abrasive floor cleaner specific for this job (I recommend ours of course, linked to the left!). This above almost everything else will ensure that you do not attack the finish unintentionally when you wash, but help lift dirt and other types of contaminants effectively. Always read the directions and follow them carefully!
  2. Obtain a damp mop, bucket, dust broom, vacuum and soft cloth. Invest in quality items as they will help preserve the life of the wax, preventing scuffing and marring of the surface. We will not go into burnishing at this point.
  3. Sweep any large debris out of the area, and vacuum as necessary.
  4. Fill your bucket with hot water, and soak your mop. Wring it out so it is nice and damp.
  5. Apply the waxed floor cleaning solution (diluted if necessary) to the floor in a controlled manner so you don’t overrun yourself. This will be best done by your own experience, so start small if you have to.
  6. Mop back and forth in measured steps from the back of the area to the front, wringing out the mop as necessary.
  7. Survey your previously cleaned areas to make sure that you didn’t miss any spots, especially if you are in a hurry.

Pro tips:

If you come across anything stuck to the floor, you can try to soak it with your pre-diluted cleaning solution for up to 10 minutes if necessary. Be aware that it still make take some of the wax with it, but you might be able to recover with a spot wax treatment.

You should be able to achieve approximately 2 weeks in between cleanings in general foot traffic for offices and the like. Places with higher traffic may require more frequent cleanings.

Clean up any spills ASAP! Unattended liquids or foods can attack the finish!

Follow the wax manufacturers recommendation for how often rewaxing of the floor is necessary.

Need more janitorial tips and ideas? Check out our cleaning guides or our tips and tricks section for more helpful information and techniques for professionals.