Hardwood floors like any other chic flooring are a great gift to the eyes of the onlookers. Hardwood floors add grace and charm but need great upkeep and care for their beautification. Read the article to know about the tips and tricks that can help you maintain it in a better way.
Urethane and Wax Finishes
If you observe the hardwood floor you will find Urethane finishes on 90% of them. They are generally found on every other hardwood floor.
The Urethane floors are water repellent, non-caustic, degreaser, and moisture cured. For decades people have been using paste wax to revive and renovate their hardwood flooring.
It is a coating or film that provides protection against moisture, water, grease, abrasions, grazes, or any other agent that can cause any damage.
How to Wax Hardwood Floors
If you want to give a new life and luster to your hardwood floor, you need to wax it. Paste wax is a great option for unembellished hardwood floors but as mentioned earlier it should not be used on Urethane or layers that are not meant for wax finishing. It is not suitable for a no-wax hardwood floor.
Applying paste wax is as simple as applying varnish. It has a dark side as well. It takes too much of your time to wax the hardwood flooring. Follow the given steps
- Clean the floor properly so that no dust or other particles remain there. Wash it if it is necessary. Let it get completely dry if you have washed it. Your floor should be free of dust, dirt or soil particles before applying the wax. Check every nook and corner so that no inconsistencies are left.
- Take a microfiber cloth that is usually lint free. Soak this clean microfiber cloth into the container containing floor wax. Take out the cloth and wring it out of the extra wax.
- Apply it evenly and gently over the surface of the floor. Apply it with a light hand so that even consistency is achieved. Do not forget to follow the directions given by the wax company on the packaging.
- When it gets dry it will give out a foggy and hazy look. It shows we have to do something else. What is else up our sleeves that we can do next to give it a life? Yeah, you are right, it is buffing. Buffing is the next to paste wax.
Stop! Please beware.
Apply the wax to the floor that has been especially prepared for wax layers or according to the directions of the industrialist. It cannot be applied to all the hardwood floors. The room should be airy and well ventilated. Do it in chunks so that you may not get tired of the application. You can apply more than one coat. But for this you have to wait for the previous one to get dry.
How to Buff Hardwood Floors
After wax application you have to tone your hardwood flooring. For this purpose you have got two options. You can buff the floor manually i.e. by using a hand or with an electric buffing machine. If you do not have one buy or get it on rent. Renting the buffing machine seems a great option as you will be able to have buffing like a pro without having to suffer physically.
It will apply wax to the hardwood equally and smoothly plus it will provide a coating against dust, dirt and dampness. Read the manual before using the buffing machine and do as directed.
Start buffing from a corner to the door working in all directions for maximum coverage. Your slow and steady work is the key to your success. Grip the buffing machine tightly and securely.
Better grip it with both the hands. It will whirl in a helical and clockwise manner following the machine from left to right so that the consistency of wax gets the even.
This is your playground now. Do the buffing with your hands.