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Wax on Tile and Grout Lines

There's no doubt that every floor needs different maintenance and this is no different when it comes to whether or not to apply a floor covering with wax. This is a question that has left homeowners in love with their flooring stumped for many years. The issue of covering floors with wax becomes confusing because there are many different thoughts about waxing floors and it all depends on what type of floor it is. Some types of floors depend on regular waxing to maintain their shine while wax will certainly ruin other types of floors. Find out below whether to wax, or not wax, any type of floor you have!

Waxing vinyl flooring is one of the most debated topics of waxing floors. One type of vinyl flooring that you should never wax is flooring that is called "no-wax." This type of vinyl floor has been covered by the manufacturer with a thin layer of protection that will keep it clean and shiny for its entire life. However, some vinyl flooring that does not have "no-wax" protection may need regular waxing to maintain its shine. You will know when your vinyl flooring needs a wax because regular washing won't make it shine like new. To wax these floors, apply a thin layer of a self-polishing wax on a clean floor that is dry. Polishing wax can also be used on vinyl flooring and applied with an electric buffer.

Ceramic tile floors should be waxed when they become dark, or turn a yellowish color. This is due to wax buildup but ceramic tile should also be waxed when there are other noticeable signs of wear on the floor, stains that don't come out with regular washing, or other damage is apparent. Sealant needs to be applied to the ceramic first before it can be waxed. Most ceramic tile floors need one coat of sealant followed by two coats of wax. These can generally just be applied with a mop and then the ceramic floor should dry completely before it is used.

Mosaic tiles are one type of flooring that should definitely never be waxed. Mosaic tiles are often very delicate in nature and often include materials such as glass. This type of flooring can often be found in areas such as pools. All mosaic tiles really need is an application of a sealer when the floor is first installed and then again every few years. This is because protection, and not shine, is the most important maintenance with mosaic tiles. For mosaic tiles that are in need of refreshing, it's best to call a flooring professional.

Another type of flooring that causes much debate when it comes to waxing is hardwood. While some think it may be unnecessary, waxing hardwood floors is not only important so that they keep their shine and luster but also so that the floors stay protected. Wax places a thin layer of protection on the floor so that it will not dent if something's dropped on it and stains won't set in. Hardwood floors generally need to be waxed every few years. When waxing hardwood floors, it's important to remember to use the proper type of wax. The wrong product could soak into the wood, making it difficult to remove when it's time to rewax.

It's very important to remember that no matter what type of tile wax or hardwood wax you are using, it will need to be stripped before you apply any new wax. Tile wax in particular will buildup and the floor will begin to discolor because of it. All previous wax applications will need to be stripped thoroughly and the flooring cleaned and dried before any new wax can be applied. While certain types of floors, such as vinyl or hardwood, may do well with a wax stripper that can simply be mopped on and off, tile wax usually requires applying gentle pressure with a putty knife. Be sure to ask a professional and follow manufacturer's instructions carefully so that you can ensure you are protecting your floor and not damaging it.

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