Keeping floors waxed is a very important part of home care and maintenance, but if left on too long, wax can discolor floors and create a thick, yellowish buildup. In order to keep your floors looking their best, it is important to strip and re-wax floors periodically. If you do not want to use a machine to take old wax off, there are several liquid solutions you can use to dissolve floor wax.
The easiest way to get rid of wax on your floors is to use products that are sold at home improvement floors to dissolve wax. These products generally come in convenient spray-bottle form and will work on a variety of different flooring types. If you plan on using chemical products, make sure you read the instructions thoroughly, as each product will have specific instructions and unique active ingredients.
Dish Soap Mixture
If you don't want to spend money on chemical products, you can also use a mixture of water, dish soap and vinegar. The natural acidity of vinegar will help break through the thick top layer of wax, and the grease-repelling properties of the dish soap will help disperse the remaining wax so it can be pulled off the floor. For most jobs, 8 liters of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and 1 to 2 tbsp. of dish soap will get the job done. If the wax buildup is especially thick, you can add an additional 1/4 cup of vinegar.
Homemade Chemical Product
If you need something a bit stronger than a nontoxic mixture but you don't want to use a commercial product, you can make a simple chemical product using household products. Combine 2 gallons hot water, 2 cups household ammonia and 1 cup of powdered dishwasher soap (with no bleach), and apply to the floor to dissolve the wax quickly. This chemical-based product is not nontoxic.
Knowing Which to Use
The easiest product to use to dissolve floor wax is the chemical-based commercially available option. This product will dissolve wax easily and quickly, with minimal work. However, if you have sensitive floors or are concerned about the effect that toxic chemicals will have on your pets or small children, the dish soap option may be best. However, the second option will involve using quite a bit of "elbow grease," as you'll have to scrub the wax roughly to remove it. The ammonia-based solution will require less work, but again, is very toxic and will require special precautions to use. When you are deciding what products to use, consider all factors, including convenience, toxicity and the amount of work you are willing to put into the project in order to decide which solution is best for you.