How to Remove Floor Wax from Porcelain Tiles

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Kimberly asked: How do I remove floor wax from glazed porcelain tile floor? I know I’m not supposed to wax glazed ceramic and tile floors. I just tried it in a small area (my kitchen floor), but I guess I should remove it now. I am wondering, what is the right way of doing so?

It’s correct that glazed porcelain does not need to be waxed. Removing the wax will likely be more cumbersome than leaving it on there. However, it can be removed and should be.

You Will Need:

  • Acidic tile cleaner (ex: TileGuard)
  • Non-metallic scrub brush or pad
  • Water
  • Floor cleaner
  • Mop
  • Towels or soft cloths

Steps to Remove the Wax:

  1. Removing the wax will require a cleaner that is strong enough to eat through it without damaging the surface of the tiles. TileGuard is safe to use on porcelain tiles and the acidic cleaner will cut through the wax.
  2. Apply the cleaner to the floor following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Scrub with a non-metallic brush or scrub pad to remove the wax on the surface.
  4. Clean away by mopping with warm water. A floor cleaner approved for tile can also be used to clean away the removed wax.
  5. Mop the floor completely with an approved floor cleaner to clean the newly stripped floor.
  6. Allow to air dry completely.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • There are many different cleaners available to remove wax build-up from flooring. Read the label carefully to ensure that it is safe to use on porcelain tiles. The labels will list which floor types it is safe to use on.
  • If you are unsure of the results, test a small, hidden area of the flooring first to ensure there are no adverse effects from the wax removal process.
  • These are general guidelines. Each product will come with manufacturer’s instructions that may differ. Those instructions will supersede these instructions.

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