Vinyl and linoleum flooring requires diligence maintenance and care and even then, the effects of aging can quickly become unsightly. Scratches, wear and tear can be minimized and the luster and shine can be maintained with routine cleaning and periodic waxing. However, a dingy-yellowish discoloration that looks beyond filth will eventually develop when the wax builds up. To prevent the eyesore, stripping the wax every so often and reapplying a few coats of fresh wax is ideal. We at Baker Sandoval Cleaning would like to relate some basic steps in the care of your vinyl and linoleum floor.
Stripping Vinyl Floors to Remove Old Wax Buildup
1) In a pail fill 2 gallons of hot water; add 2 cups ammonia and ½ cup dishwasher detergent mix until the detergent is dissolved.
2) Using a sponge mop, moderately distribute the solution on the surface of the entire floor.
3) After the mixture has been left for 15 minutes, use the scrubber edge of the mop to scrub the floor.
4) Following the completion of the scrubbing, use an old towel to sop up the excess moisture. To make the scrubbing and moisture removal easier, consider sectioning the floor to make the process more methodical.
5) Around the edges, corners, and anywhere else that the buildup has more accumulation, you may need to get down on your hands and knees with a firm scrubbing brush or a scrubbing pad and some extra strength to get the mass removed.
6) Use hot water to completely rinse the cleaning solution and lingering wax residues from the surface.
7) Ensure the floor is completely dry by thoroughly running a rag or towel over it.
How Do You Strip Wax Off Linoleum Floors?
1) In a pail fill 1 gallon of white vinegar; add 1 cup of cream of tartar and stir it until completely it dissolves.
2) For methodical and easy cleaning, section cleans the floor and scrub by hand in circular motions.
3) As you scrub a section, use a damp cloth to wipe the area clean of excess moisture as you go until you complete the whole floor.
4) For the areas that are more stubborn, you may have to use extra strength and repeat the scrubbing and wiping steps a few times to remove the heavier buildup.
5) Use hot water and a scrubber mop to go over the entire floor to rinse it down.
6) Completely dry the floor with an old towel.
Additional Floor Cleaning Tips
1) To avoid heavier buildup on both your vinyl and linoleum, deeply clean the wax accumulation 3-4 times a year to keep the wax buildup from getting out of hand.
2) Do not neglect reading the labels and make sure it is safe for your particular floor’s material if you choose to utilize premade commercial made products. Always conduct a patch test in an inconspicuous area to be sure the floor or the color is not compromised.
3) Once the floors are efficiently dry apply the coats of wax in accordance to the label’s directions.
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Removing the wax buildup and ensuring the floor is clean and dry and then following it up with wax coats can be time consuming and laboring. Instead of trying to invest the time and physical stress into the project, call in the professionals of Bakers Sandoval Cleaning and let our experts get it done quickly and efficiently, leaving your vinyl and linoleum floor looking superior!