Waxing vinyl floors boosts their shine and protects them from scratches, scuffs and other blemishes. Old layers of wax eventually accumulate on vinyl floors, particularly in areas without regular foot traffic. Wax buildup generally appears as yellow discoloration, which detracts from vinyl flooring's aesthetic appeal. Stripping a waxed vinyl floor with an ammonia solution removes layers of wax buildup and that ugly, yellow discoloration. Since ammonia is a harsh chemical, only strip a vinyl floor once per year.

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Remove existing wax from vinyl floors before coating them with fresh wax.

Step 1

Sweep the discolored vinyl floor thoroughly with a broom. Lift all grime fragments from the wax buildup.

Step 2

Prepare the wax-stripping solution by first filling a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. Mix 1/2 cup of liquid ammonia and 1 cup of liquid laundry detergent into the water. This solution softens layers of wax, making them easier to remove.

Step 3

Scrub the ammonia solution onto the wax buildup using a stiff, non-metal brush. Focus on just a 2-by-2-foot portion of the vinyl floor right now. Scrub the vinyl section with the solution until the layers of wax loosen and detach. Do not rinse the vinyl section yet.

Step 4

Proceed to strip the remaining discolored 2-by-2-foot sections of the vinyl floor with the ammonia solution. Strip one 2-by-2-foot section at a time, softening and detaching all wax buildup.

Step 5

Refill the bucket with fresh cool water. Mop the entire stripped area of the vinyl floor with the water. Rinse the ammonia solution thoroughly off the vinyl floor.

Step 6

Wipe the wet vinyl flooring with clean towels until its dry.