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How To Remove Wax and Oil Soap Cleaners from Wood Floors

Updated on September 6, 2010

Wood Floor Before

Wood Floor with build up from cleaning solution
Wood Floor with build up from cleaning solution
Wood Floor after proper cleaning
Wood Floor after proper cleaning

It's been my experience that many homeowners try many products on their floors resulting in a wax or contaminant build up. Unfortanly these types of products can cause damage to the floor finish resulting with a hazy look to the floors. I have tried many different products and solutions and none seem to work unitill I came across this process.

The process I am going to show has worked for me numerous times. I will tell you the supplies you need and the process to achieve desired results

Supplies needed

1. High ph cleaning solution and a neutral cleaning solution designed for Wood Floors which can be purchased through a home improvement store.

2. Spray bottle (optional)

3. Scotch-Brite abrasive pad (green scrub pad with yellow sponge- NOT an SOS, Brillo or steel wool pad)

4. Soft towels

5. New and well rinsed sponge mop or terrycloth mop

6. Rubber/latex gloves and saftey goggles


It's best to begin in an inconspicuous area. I recommend to work in small sections as you complete this process. Complete all steps before moving onto another section of the floor,

1. Apply a small amount of the High ph cleaner using a spray bottle to mist the floors. Apply only enough cleaner to wet the floor.

2. Use the abrasive pad and scrub the area. This should remove the wax buildup.

3. After scrubbing the area, wipe the section with a water dampened cloth.

4. The final step is to apply the neutral cleaner with a microfiber mop. No water rinse is necessary after this cleaner is applied. Wipe/mop the floor until it is dry - Do NOt leave the floor wet.

If this is successful in removing the contaminant, proceed with the rest of the floor, following all steps. You may need to repeat steps 1 & 2 more than once.

If you are not successful in removing the contaminant with this process, you may need to remove the remaining product by abrading the floor (screening or sanding). It is recommended to hire a professional flooring contractor if abrasion techniques are required.


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