Wooden floors are beautiful. There are people who go out of their way to buy houses that have all wood floors rather than carpet. Those same people that want hardwood must put the effort into the wood floors if they want to keep them beautiful and it should not be something you have unless you are willing to put in the effort to care for it. If you neglect a hardwood floor it ends up looking dull and less beautiful than it should be. Do you know how to take care of your floors? Wax makes it beautiful but there are things you must do before applying wax. Do you know how to prepare your wood floors for waxing?

When dealing with a wood floor, you must take off the wax and other buildup that are on them before you can make them shine. Since you cannot wash away wax with soap and water, this often means that you will need to sand the floor to get rid of the wax. Some people also suggest using shellac and denatured alcohol as you sand it down. You can also apply some stain to the wood floor after you have it sanded if you want to make your floor a little darker. Stain will also bring out the beauty of the wood.

The shellac will protect the wood and bring out some of its shine. You should apply one layer of it and then wait on it to dry completely. This may take a couple hours, but it could take longer if you live in a humid area. After it has dried, you will want to buff the floors using a 16-inch steel wool pad to scuff the floor’s first coating, clean it to remove dust, and apply a second coat when you are done. This should also dry thoroughly before you do anything more to the floor. After the second coat, you will also want to buff it out to ensure it is smooth. You will vacuum or sweep away the dust and apply wax to give it a beautiful shine.

You can use either liquid or paste wax, depending on your preferences. Liquid requires less effort, but paste makes a floor more beautiful. You should read the directions on your wax to finish out the waxing process and repeat the procedure every year or so to keep your floors looking great.

You can use wax on virtually all flooring types. There are people who wax linoleum floors, cork floors that are unfinished, concrete floors, and even wooden floors. They do it so that they can have a shiny floor that is not too shiny. They do it so that they can protect their floor and make it look better than ever. However, waxing is not always easy and many wonder if they are doing it the right way. Do you know the right way to deal with floor waxing? If you aren’t sure, you should know that it is easy to find out how to do it properly.

The first step to waxing is to decide which type of wax you hope to use. There is a solid paste wax available. It is the most traditional wax and comes in a canister. The other type, liquid wax is slightly easier to use according to some people, but you will have to wax more often when using liquid wax. In either case, you should not use wax if you have a vinyl, no wax, flooring type.

The paste floor wax is best applied with your hand. You should start out with an old tee-shirt or cloth that is free of lint. You can dampen the fabric, but you should make sure before you start that it does not have water dripping from it. This will keep the fabric from soaking up too much of the wax and makes it easier for you to wax. You will want to put a fine layer over your entire floor and then allow it to dry. As it dries, the wax will become cloudy looking. At this time, you will be able to go back over it with a dry towel. As you wipe away the clouds, you will see the shine shining through.

If you prefer the liquid, you will want to apply it using either a terrycloth rag or a clean mop that has never been used before. If you fail to use a brand new mop you could end up with dirt in the wax on your floor and this will make it look worse rather than better. Liquid wax also must dry before you walk on it, but it does not require you to apply it and then shine it. As it dries, it will start to shine and you can go on about your busy day without doing anything more to the floor.

If you have a hardwood floor in your home, you may have a layer of polyurethane or some other chemical on it that will make it shine. However, if you have an older home or untreated wooden floors, you may have a dull wood floor. This is because floors were at one time waxed rather than treated with chemicals. Which way is best? Should you refinish your wood floors so that you can put polyurethane on them or should you wax? If you are tired of dull floors, but aren’t sure you want to wax, you should gain an understanding of the pros and cons of floor waxing your hardwood floors.

One of the major reasons you may want to consider wax over other types of wood floor treatments is the fact that it is a classic look. Wax penetrates deeply into the wood and gives it a shine that is subtle than other “shining methods”. Wax also has a unique scent that appeals to many people. It is somewhat easy to apply and you do not really have to wait before you can walk on it again.

The downside to floor waxing is that over time, it could permanently stain the wood floor. This happens because the wax will penetrate so deeply into the wood and darken it. You can slow this down or prevent it if you use a sealant that will soak into the wood and protect it from the wax that will seep into it.  Wax floors do require maintenance. It takes time to apply wax and it will have to be repeated more than once.

If you are curious about other ways of achieving shine on your floors; you are probably aware that there are several options. Wood may be coated with polyurethane or moisture cured. It could also have an acid cured finish on it. In all cases, the shine will be relatively permanent. The downside is, if your wood floors are not already covered in it, you could have to deal with a lot of odor and have to stay off the floors for a while during the time that they are being treated. This is not always a viable option for people who have dull wooden floors throughout their home. Most people will not want to wait on polyurethane to dry, especially since it could take multiple layers to achieve a truly high gloss shine.