Linoleum floors require waxing every now and then to prevent the tiles from getting scratched and fading. Frequent waxing will also prevent them from everyday wear and tear. Floor wax acts as a shield to prevent the tiles from being too scratched and it also maintains the tiles’ shine. A dull flooring does not look good. But waxing the floor also gives the tiles a yellowish stain. The best way to prevent your linoleum floor from getting stained is to remove the old wax prior to waxing the floor again. There are home ingredients that you can use and there are also commercial products. But these commercial products contain very harmful chemicals that may pose health risks to you and your family. If natural ingredients can do it, why use commercial products that can give you asthma? They are not only cheap, but effective as well. This article will show you how to remove these unsightly wax build up on your linoleum floor. Read on.
- Prep the materials that you will need. These are: one cup cream of tartar, one gallon of white vinegar, a basin, clean rags, a scrub brush and rubber gloves (to avoid getting your hands burned by the vinegar).
- Make the mixture. Using the basin, mix the cream of tartar and white vinegar, mixing them well until the tartar has fully dissolved in the vinegar.
- Scrub the floor. Dip the brush into the solution and brush the floor thoroughly. Work your way on the entire floor until all the stains have been removed. You may have to do this a few times to really remove the stubborn stains.
- Wipe the floor. Using the rags, soak them in lukewarm water and squeeze out the excess water. Wipe the floor that has been scrubbed with the cream of tartar and vinegar solution. Doing this will help eliminate the odor of the vinegar and at the same time remove any residue from the solution. Check the floor for any more stains and if you have left a spot, repeat the process.
See how good your floor looks sans the yellow stain? Do this procedure every time you will wax the floor. It may be extra work, but it will be worth it to see you floor all clean and shiny and stain-free. Once you are done removing the stains, you can now wax the floor the way you would normally do it. Just make sure not to apply a very thick coat of floor wax so that next time that you will have to remove it, it will be a lot easier for you. You can also make use of stain removers that you can buy at any home improvement store. You only have to take extra precaution in using them as they have very strong odors that may harm your nose when inhaled. Keep your children outside so that they will not inhale the odors. Also, wear rubber gloves to avoid being burned by the chemicals present in the product.