Wood floors, while beautiful to behold, can be a bit of a pain to maintain. However they can, if looked after well, last many years. With that being said, your wood baby deserves to look it’s best and be able to withstand day to day grind.
In order to achieve the best looking wood floors, it’s important that you and your floor ‘scratch each others backs’. (Although, you will be the one doing the ‘back scratching’ first). Effort in equals results out. Waxing wood floors has a few benefits. It’s important to ensure your floors can be waxed before attempting it, and with what they can be waxed.
Simply vacuuming wood floors by itself is not enough. They can dull and lose their wonderful luster over time. High traffic, stains and scratches can contribute to this too. By waxing your floors you are bound to reap a variety of benefits including:
- Hardiness: A layer of wax on the floor seals it and can prevent the wood from absorbing spills, which can cause bulging. Moisture ruins the wood’s integrity and durability. So a wax force field is a prime contribution to a wood floor’s generally hardy characteristics.
- Stain Resistance: Wood floors can become virtually stain resistant once it has been waxed. Great, as those with kids know how much children like to draw on every surface except paper!
- Preservation: Your floors will last longer with an extra coat of wax that protects it from daily wear and tear. In fact, if waxed properly and on a regular basis, it can provide the wood with an abrasion buffer, so no need to carry furniture across the floor as much, it’ll be okay to actually slide it over without worrying about damaging the wood.
- Appearance: Waxing can diminish the look of grooves and some imperfections. This will just amplify the floor’s beauty and allow it to shine with all its might.
Floor wax can be purchased in solid paste form, water based silicone blend, and liquid wax. A rule of thumb when waxing hardwood floors is this:
Water based wax cannot be used on unsealed floors, but it can be used on urethane finished floors, while solid paste wax cannot be used on urethane-finished floors but can be used on unsealed floors.
And for those who have a very busy lifestyle, liquid wax is far easier to apply than solid paste wax. The only downside to it is, it doesn’t last as long as it’s solid counterpart. I think I can live with that if it requires less elbow grease on massive expanses of unsealed wood floor.
Waxing floors has been practiced for ages. My grandfather still has the same wood floor in his house that was there when he moved in, and they look fantastic today thanks to regular waxing. So this antiquated form of floor preservation speaks volumes as to it’s benefits. Keeping up with any kind of waxing that’s required will earn you a much deserved ‘back scratch’ from the floor, by way of seeing it shine in all its glory!