Waxing hardwood floors leads to buildup, does not offer a good barrier from damage and makes future projects difficult.
Many homeowners wax their hardwood floors to give them some luster, but end up with more problems than they bargained for. This is the message that Royal Wood Floors, a Milwaukee-based hardwood flooring restoration company, is taking to its clients, in the hope that this piece of advice will save their floors and their money.
Waxing floors used to be the way that wood planks were sealed before the polyurethane finishes took over the world of hardwood floors. Wax protects the wood by penetrating its pores, but it requires regular touch-ups and re-waxing, and the quality of the sealer cannot compare with that of polyurethane. It tends to turn white when in contact with water and to yellow over time.
The upkeep and lower sealing quality of wax is likely to cause homeowners who initially choose it to look for a better solution down the road. However, once floors are waxed, applying another type of sealer is usually impossible without involved efforts to remove this hardwood floor coating. This is when homeowners usually start regretting their initial choice. “Once the homeowner decides to use wax as a finish instead of polyurethane, the solution is final,” explains Keith Allman, Royal Wood Floors owner. “This is because polyurethane cannot adhere to wax. If later on, the homeowner tries to use a polyurethane finish, it is not possible to buff away the wax and apply this higher-quality sealer.”
Sometimes, homeowners treat their polyurethane-finished floors with wax in order to give them more shine or in the hope that this will fix the worn looks of old planks. The right solution for faded, old-looking floors is often a simple buff-and-coat process that removes the worn part of the protective hardwood floor coating and replaces it with a new polyurethane layer. Instead, hardwood floor owners choose the DIY route and apply a wax layer, using products that promise fast results. Unfortunately, by using wax, they open a can of worms that costs them dearly down the road.
So what is the solution? “First, never wax hardwood floors,” recommends Royal Wood Floors. “Second, if you are stuck with waxed floors, the wax must be removed using a stripping agent. Unfortunately, sometimes the buildup is significant and impossible to completely remove, and the surface cannot be properly prepared to receive the polyurethane. The only solution is sanding down the planks, which is a more expensive, disruptive and time-consuming process.” There are other reasons that make wax on top of a polyurethane layer a bad idea. The floors turn slippery, the wax builds up into unappealing gunk, the results are temporary, and the look is less professional than that of polyurethane finishes. In addition, Royal Wood Floors recommends avoiding not only wax, but oil soaps and silicone cleaners. These solutions can create a stubborn layer that prevents polyurethane to adhere to the floor. Finally, the Milwaukee hardwood flooring company reminds its customers that the best way to revive tired-looking wood floors is to refresh the polyurethane sealer through a regular buff-and-coat maintenance routine. This affordable technique keeps floors in good shape, saves homeowners money spent on fixing the results of improvised solutions, and helps them avoid the higher cost of refinishing hardwood floors.
For more information about this experienced and professional hardwood floor restoration company, or to schedule repairs by these wood floor refinishing contractors, or learn about custom wood styles or the company’s inlay and medallion installation services, phone Keith Allman at 727-267-2617. Easy estimates and appointments are currently available through the company’s website, https://royalwoodfloor.com/. The company provides top craftsmanship and cares for many types of custom and domestic wood. Visit the company’s website for examples of previous work.