If you have a hardwood floor that’s been finished with a penetrating sealant such as penetrating oil or shellac, you’ll need to wax it from time to time. Penetrating finishes seep into the pores of the wood to protect it from moisture and damage. However, they don’t do as much to protect the actual surface of the wood. So, if you spill a drink on an oiled floor, the moisture won’t seep into the wood but it can still damage the surface. Also, penetrating finishes don’t boost the beauty of the wood’s surface as much as a surface sealant might. To remedy both of those, you can finish the wood with wax. You’ll need to wax your floor every six months to a year. Buying the right kind of wax is very important.
The Kinds of Wax
Wax can be either liquid wax or solid paste wax. Paste wax is sold in cans. Typically, it is mostly wax with a small amount of solvent. Since it has a small amount of solvent, it is more solid than the alternative. That also means that it has a thicker consistency than liquid wax when applied. Typically, you will apply the wax with a cloth by hand. Since it’s thicker, you’ll need fewer coats to achieve the desired protection levels.
Liquid wax comes in bottles or cans. It has a greater amount of solvent, thus it’s a liquid. It can be applied with a mop or cloth. However, you’ll need more coats because it is thinner. Either liquid or solid paste wax will work as long as you apply it based on the directions. Solid wax is a little more labor-intensive since you have to be on your hands and needs rubbing it in, but it generally requires less time since there are fewer coats. Liquid wax is easier to apply but will ultimately take a little longer.
Make sure the wax you choose is flooring wax. There are also waxes used for furniture, but they are very slick when they harden. That will make your floor slippery. Furthermore, you should choose a solvent-based wax. Acrylic waxes and water-based waxes tend to take on a slight white hue over time. That’s obviously not what you want to beautify your hardwood. Furthermore, acrylic and water can damage unfinished floors.
Contact an Experienced Hardwood Company in Boston
Lastly, avoid no-buff waxes. You want a wax that you need to buff after applying. It’s an extra step but no-buff waxes attract more dirt. Sometimes, however, your hardwood floor may be past the point of waxing and it needs to be refinished or redone completely. That’s where we come in, contact Dan’s Flooring for your free quote!