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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Stripping and Waxing Floors

Did you know that 60% of Americans are “more concerned about the cleanliness of their floors” compared to any other aspect of their homes, according to a recent study by LG Electronics. No doubt, proper floor care is crucial for any space. However, the stripping and waxing process can require attention to detail to achieve the desired results. Here are five common mistakes to avoid when stripping and waxing your floors.

Skipping Preparation Steps

One of the most common mistakes made when stripping and waxing floors is skipping essential preparation steps. Before applying any stripping or waxing solution, it’s crucial to thoroughly clean the floors to remove dirt, debris, and any previous wax buildup. Neglecting this step can result in uneven wax application and a lackluster finish. Take the time to sweep, mop, and scrub the floors to make sure you have a clean surface before you begin. 

Using Incorrect Products

Using the wrong products can spell disaster for your floors. Many floor care products contain harsh chemicals that can damage certain types of flooring materials. Before beginning the stripping and waxing process, carefully read the labels on all products to ensure they are suitable for your specific floor type. Using the wrong products can lead to discoloration, streaks, and even permanent damage to your floors. There are tons of products on the market, with price points from $10-$40, so do your research before you begin. 

Overlooking Safety Precautions

Safety should always be a top priority when stripping and waxing floors. Unfortunately, many people overlook essential safety precautions, putting themselves and others at risk of injury. Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment, such as gloves and eye protection, when working with stripping and waxing chemicals. Additionally, be sure to ventilate the area properly to prevent inhalation of fumes. Taking these precautions may require extra time and effort, but they are essential for a safe working environment.

Applying Too Much Wax

Applying too much wax is a common mistake that can result in a variety of issues, including sticky floors and unsightly buildup. When applying wax, less is often more. Start with a thin, even coat of wax and allow it to dry completely before applying additional coats. Multiple thin coats will provide better coverage and a smoother finish than one thick coat. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the appropriate number of coats for your specific type of flooring.

Rushing the Drying Process

Patience is key when it comes to stripping and waxing floors. Rushing the drying process can result in an uneven finish and may require additional time and effort to correct. Allow each coat of wax to dry completely before applying the next coat or allowing foot traffic on the floors. Using fans or opening windows can help speed up the drying process, of course. 

Stripping and waxing floors is a labor-intensive process that requires careful attention to detail. By avoiding these common mistakes and following best practices, you can make sure that your floors become clean, shiny, and durable. Do you need assistance stripping and waxing your floors? Don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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