1/24/2017

The Best Floor Wax for Linoleum Floor

Durable linoleum flooring will make a practical choice for floors in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and also basement. The manufacturing process for linoleum differs from the process used to make vinyl flooring. Linoleum is made from a mixture of pigments, linseed oil and sawdust.This process ensures that the color pigment penetrates the full depth of the flooring. Vinyl flooring is a printing process that applies the color only to the surface. The linoleum is long-wearing and does not scratch easily.

Any minor scratches or gouges will polish out. Linoleum is sensitive to acidic cleaning products and requires waxing to protect and maintain its beauty. If you want to keep your linoleum floor looking the best, you should maintain them periodically with a fresh coat or floor finish which is wax. If you apply it properly, linoleum floor wax will keeps your floors looking new and shiny. But a dirty applicator or too much finish will leave your linoleum floor looking streaky and dull. With proper care, linoleum will retain its beauty for years.

Tips for Best Floor Wax for Linoleum

Things that you will need to wax your linoleum floor are mop, broom and dustpan, brush or scrubbing pad, neutral pH floor cleaner, liquid floor finish, and finish mop. If you already have all of those things, then you are ready to wax your linoleum floor.

1. Removing wax buildup before waxing
First you have to remove all furnishings from the room. And then, sweep any dirt or debris from the floor. Using neutral pH cleaning solution to mop the floor and you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Wait until the floor dry fully. Strip the wax from linoleum floor with strippers which are recommended for linoleum specifically.

If you use strippers that designed for vinyl, it can harm linoleum. After you mix the stripper with warm water, then apply it with a mop. Allows it to soak in a few minutes. Work in an area 3 to 4 feet and trying to strip in larger area that can result in the stripper to dry on the floor. Scrub it with brush or scrubbing pad (the nylon one is the best) and mop it with clean water. After that, rinse linoleum with clear water and allow drying.. Don’t use stripper on newly installed linoleum floor.


2. Wax application
Once the floor is clean and dry, apply a liquid acrylic floor polish to the floor. Use two until three coats of polish. Wait until the polish become completely dry between coats. In each coat, the polish will become more shine. Reapply polish to maintain the shine on the floor every three to six months. Sometimes in the high traffic areas, the floor becomes dull, if this happen then you should apply polish to that area only feathering the edges out onto floor. The finish will become buff to an even higher shine if desired.

Tips: linoleum manufacturer advice that a product claimed as a sealer for vinyl floor is potentially harmful to linoleum. Don’t use paste wax on linoleum. Stripping the floor completely and reapplication of acrylic sealer is recommended at 18 months intervals. Consult manufacturer’s is recommended because they will give instructions for your linoleum floor. And never dilute wax with water.

Warnings: never use a fan to speed the drying time of wax because it can blow dirt and dust onto your fresh wax. And if the floor dries too quickly, you can lose the benefit of the floor finish’ self-leveling feature. A neutral pH solution won’t give floor a dull finish. Only acidic and alkaline can ruin the appearance of waxed floor.