It is most important to determine if the floor has been waxed before applying
wax. This may be not as easy as it my seem.
Take a piece of extra fine steel wool and wet it slightly with water. Rub it on
various areas that you think may have been waxed. Paste wax will show up as a
light grey smudge on the steel wool. Paste wax can also be removed with a rag
and mineral spirits, and will show up on the rag as a dirty film.
We do recommend that you
contact us to inspect your floors to determine what process should be used.
If you find that the floors have been waxed with a
paste wax, you can continue to use paste wax to give the surface a satin shine.
Paste wax is solvent based so you won't be harming the finish.. Just be sure to
clean the finish with a mild solvent like odorless mineral spirits instead of
water, so that the wood is not further damaged.
Once you have made sure your hardwood floors have
been finished using wax the following can be used as a guide for small repairs
on hardwood waxed floors.
Rub the spot with No. 2 steel wood and re-wax. For more serious water stains,
lightly sand with fine sandpaper, clean the spot with No. 1 or 00 steel wool and
mineral spirits or floor cleaner then refinish and wax.
If not severe, the burn can be removed by rubbing with steel wool moistened with
soap and water.
Heel and Caster Marks
Rub vigorously with fine steel wool and floor cleaner. Wipe dry and polish.
Ink Stains and Other Dark Spots
Use No. 2 steel wool and floor cleaner to clean the spot and surrounding area.
Thoroughly wash the affected area. If the spot remains, sand with fine
sandpaper, re-wax and polish. Stubborn stains may require that you replace the
Chewing Gum and Wax Deposits
Ice until the deposit is brittle and crumbles off. Pour floor cleaner around the
stain so the fluid soaks under and loosens it.
Rub the spot with liquid or paste wax.