The Benefits of Floor Wax

by Lawton Brothers | Apr 30, 2021

Regular vacuuming and sweeping are necessary to keeping your floors and business looking great. There are a number of hard flooring types, however, that could benefit from some additional cleaning – waxing, to be specific. Waxing or finishing your floor protects it from future damage as well as providing a non-slip coating to prevent slips and falls. Provided it is applied correctly, wax can enhance the beauty of your flooring and create long-lasting durability. 

What is Floor Wax?

Waxing is a technique for finishing floors that requires the use of a clear or colored wax (typically beeswax, carnauba wax, or a combination of synthetic waxes). After the floor is thoroughly cleaned, the wax is applied in a thin layer and buffed away to reveal a beautiful shine. As the additional solvents evaporate, the wax hardens and leaves behind a protective seal. 

The two main types of wax are liquid and solid paste. While the solid paste requires a longer application time, it also presents a longer and deeper shine for your floors. Have no fear, though! Where you once had to apply wax with a machine or buff it out by hand, most waxes these days come in no-buff options that allow for it to be mopped onto the floor. 

Where Can I Use Floor Wax?

The best candidates for floor wax are hardwood, terra cotta, and vinyl composition tile (VCT). Aside from these three, most other floors either don’t need waxing or shouldn’t be waxed.

Hardwood: No matter the age or material of your hardwood flooring, it will need periodic waxing. Depending on the foot traffic and treatment of the floors, these will need to be re-waxed every 6-12 months.

Terra cotta: Unglazed floor tiles are usually sealed and waxed upon installation to bring out color variations, protect from stains, and (of course) add a shiny finish. Every 1-2 years, this type of flooring should be stripped and waxed.

VCT: Vinyl composition tile is one of the only vinyl tiles that does not come with a factory finish. Therefore, it needs waxing immediately after installation. Every 6-12 months, this flooring will need to be stripped and re-waxed.

Do not use wax on: engineered hardwood, wood laminate, bamboo, natural stone, ceramic tile, or luxury vinyl tile (LVT). Many of these flooring types have a natural protective layer or an impermeable surface that will simply cause a build-up of the wax and negate the usual shiny finish. Additionally, many modern floorings already come with a protective finish from the factory, so consumers don’t need to worry about major long-term care.

Why Use Floor Wax?

Floor wax has a variety of benefits, though the most well-known is its long-lasting shine and protection of underlying finishes. It also provides stain resistance by slowing the absorption of liquids and can hide minor imperfections such as scratches or scuffs. When properly applied, the wax will extend the lifespan of your floor and present a professional appearance for guests and staff alike. 

Whether you have questions about which wax products are the best choice for your floors or you would like some help with step-by-step application, our professionally certified staff are ready to assist. At Lawton Brothers, we even offer a range of equipment and supplies to be the one-stop shop for all your commercial cleaning needs. Give us a call today at: 800.432.0813.

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