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 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Use a towel to dry the floor.

Thick Wax Layer

Step 1

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

Step 2

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 3

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 4

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