Monday, October 17, 2011

Waxing a Wooden Floor

The DIY craze has exploded over the course of the last few years, largely thanks to home improvement programmes on television. With the professionals making it all look terribly easy, more and more people have been embarking on such projects themselves. This is not always a good idea, but one project that can be carried out relatively easily is waxing wood floors.

Hardwood Floor Sanding that have not been adequately cared for can begin to look dull and worn after a number of years, and waxing is an excellent form of wood floor restoration.

Fortunately, there are some simple tips to make waxing a wood floor a fairly painless process.To wax a wood floor, you need to have the correct supplies, including liquid wood wax, linseed oil, some clean and soft rags, mineral spirits and some fine steel wool pieces. Ideally, the liquid wood wax should include beeswax and carnauba, and possibly even some silicone elements, which add shine to wooden floors.

To begin waxing wood floors, first you need to seal them and wait a day or two. One part of linseed oil and three parts of mineral spirits can be mixed together to make your own cleaning fluid which, using fine steel wool, you can use to clean the surface of the wood.

Make sure you have ventilation in the room whenever you use mineral spirits! After an hour, you can then use a clean, soft cloth to buff the first coat of wax. Use two separate cloths to wax and buff, and then repeat the process. Wait six hours and do it again one last time.

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