How to Remove Wax From Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors are a synthetic product that has undergone a laminate process. Most laminate floors are made to appear like hardwood floors, however, some appear to be stone like. Laminate floors can be waxed to restore shine and a bring a new appearance to the flooring. Whether too much wax was placed on the floor, or you need to strip the wax to re-wax the floor, removing wax can be done, however, it is a time consuming, lengthy process.

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Laminate flooring is commonly made to look like hardwood flooring.

Spot Treatment

Step 1

Turn a blow dryer onto the highest setting. Place the blow dryer as close to the wax as possible, without touching the floor. Only use this method for removing a heavily waxed spot, or spots that will not come up with other treatments. Do not use this to treat the entire floor.

Step 2

Use a towel to wipe away wax as it begins to liquify from the heat.

Step 3

Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of warm water. Dip a cloth into the mixture. Wipe away any remaining wax residue.

Thin Wax Layer

Step 4

Mix 1 cup of ammonia per gallon of the warmest water you can stand to touch in a bucket.

Step 5

Dip a mop in the bucket. Mop the floor with the ammonia and water mixture.

Step 6

Use a towel to dry the floor.

Thick Wax Layer

Step 7

Rub mineral spirits into the wax layer using a rag. Allow the mineral spirits to work into the wax for 30 minutes.

Step 8

Try wiping up a section with warm water. If the wax is wiping away, continue to wipe away the wax. Use a plastic paint scraper to scrape wax up that is not wiping up. Be sure to only scrape the wax, not the floor surface.

Step 9

Fill a bucket with equal parts white vinegar and water as hot as you can stand to touch. Mop the floors to remove mineral oil and wax residue.

Step 10

Dry the floor using a towel to prevent moisture from sinking into the floor and water spots from forming.