What to wax, if any to use.

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Old 07-08-11, 02:23 PM
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What to wax, if any to use.

So I just finished putting the last coat of Miniwax Super Fast Drying Polyurethane for floors on my living room floor. I have put ALOT of effort and money into refinishing this floor. It started as a 50 year old carpet over hardwood flooring which had to be pulled up, resanded, restained and polyurethane. Do that with 4 kids all under 4 years of age running around and you will age quite quickly. Anyway, I say all this to impress upon everyone the work that was put into this and how much I don't want this messed up.
All this being said I would like to know what recommendation people have for putting wax on the floor or if you all even think was should be applied. I don't want the floor turning yellow which I know some waxes do and I would like the same luster or more from the floor which I have now. Thanks in advance.
 
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Old 07-08-11, 02:31 PM
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I'd stop with the polyurethane
 
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Old 07-08-11, 04:05 PM
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Wouldn't a wax like you use on a gym floor give it extra protection since its going to be the most heavily walked room we have. I figured with 4 kids plus however many more we are blessed with it could use all the protection I can give it, but if the polyurethane gives it enough then I am all for that.
 
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Old 07-09-11, 04:01 AM
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As far as I know, basketball courts are not waxed. They are "cleaned" with a compound, but the hardness of the polyurethane (much harder than what you used) is what is protecting the wood. I'd have to go with Mitch on this one and let it go with the polyurethane. NOW, kid's toys, sand under shoes, etc. will over match polyurethane, and no amount of wax you use will help, so you just have to be as careful as possible. I know it's difficult, but we had a rule to remove street shoes in the foyer and slip on moccasins while in the house. Congratulations on saving the older flooring. Many would have considered it to much to deal with and would re-cover with carpet. Good move!!
 
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I would add that wax can complicate recoating the floor in the future. As long as the finish isn't worn or scratched down to or thru the stain a light sanding and recoating the floor with fresh poly can give the finish new life
 
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Thank you all very much for the info. I'm just going to leave it at poly and smile.
 
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