Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

Wax on, wax off

Q: I have waxed oak floors. They are extremely dull. I used liquid cleaner with dark pigment but that only seems to last a few weeks before they dull up. Is there a better product?
A: Commercial cleaners remove wax. Thus, if the shine from your floors comes from wax, using a wax removing cleaner on it will indeed dull it. The way to rejuvenate waxed floors is simply to wax them again. A good application of paste wax will add back what wax was removed during cleaning, and buffing the wax will bring up some shine. When it gets dull again, wax and buff again.