Waxing a parquet floor brings authenticity and warmth to your wood. Parquet wax is a rather classic finish. It is the finish par excellence to give a natural and radiant look to the wood. Parquet wax protects wooden floors while giving them a silky, satin finish. However, wax is a rather fragile protection. If you are looking for an ultra-resistant protection against stains, shocks and scratches, you will find other alternatives on our site such as sealers. In this article, we explain how to wax a wooden floor in a few steps.
HOW TO WAX A WOODEN FLOOR?
PREPARE THE FLOOR TO BE WAXED
First of all, the wood must be clean, dry and dust-free. If you wish to wax a vitrified or oiled floor, you will have to sand the wood to obtain a rough surface before applying the wax. If your floor is new, you can sand lightly to obtain a perfectly smooth surface.
APPLY A HARD BASE COAT BEFORE WAXING
Before applying a floor wax, you can apply a hard base (or primer). This is an undercoat that prepares the wood for a finish (wax). The hard base reinforces the resistance to domestic stains while being colourless. This product is simply applied with a spalter in one coat. We recommend the Special Primer For Parquet PSP400 or, for a smaller package, the Pore Filler Primer BP400 (except for tannic woods where an anti-tannin primer is preferred). The other advantage of the primer is that it allows you to save wax, which can be useful if you need the product for other jobs such as waxing a wooden piece of furniture for example.
APPLY A FLOOR WAX
You can wax a parquet floor very well without waxing it. For this, you will need liquid parquet wax that you can apply with a brush or a scrubbing brush. We recommend Parquet & Furniture Wax CPM800 which is a liquid wax for wood. This colourless floor wax is very suitable if you do not want to darken your wooden floor. Unlike stained waxes that dull the wood, Parquet & Furniture Wax CPM800 is a colourless floor wax that preserves the colour of the wood. The Liquid Carnauba Wax CAL800 is another option for restoring shine to parquet floors, especially for waxing a wax-free floor.
When you are going to wax a wooden floor, we advise you to start in the corner of the room furthest from the door to avoid walking on the newly waxed floor. The wax is applied in layers. We advise you to apply thin coats. If too much is applied, wooden floors can become slippery.
Allow to dry between coats. To obtain a beautiful waxed finish, polish with circular movements. Shining the floor is a very important step. It is all the easier as the wax dries when you polish your floor with circular movements. If you want to achieve a beautiful shiny look, you need to pay special attention to polishing the floor.
MAINTAINING A WAXED FLOOR
After applying a floor wax, precautions are necessary for the first few days (do not cover, do not move furniture, etc.). Only make light passes for 48 hours. To keep your wooden floor in good condition for longer, remember to place small pads under your furniture. The maintenance of a waxed floor is done regularly by applying a new coat of wax once or twice a year on average. The wax must be applied frequently to maintain its protective character. A waxed floor that is no longer sufficiently protected will stain more easily.