How to Wax Vinyl Floors

Reddish vinyl flooring with a bright shine.
  • 3-30 hours
  • Beginner
  • 280-500
What You'll Need
Vinyl floor cleaner
Sponge mop
Heavy duty vinyl floor wax
Wax bucket
Wax tray
Microfiber wax applicator

Vinyl is often the choice for homeowners on a budget who still want a stylish floor. Besides being inexpensive to purchase, vinyl flooring offers several other perks that you won't find elsewhere; it is easy to install, it rarely stains, and it's easy to clean. However, even if your floor is spotless, a wax coat is usually welcome for a pristine shine. This needs to be applied correctly and maintained for your own safety, as slipping is often present when the coating becomes spotty in some areas. Do not worry because you can remedy this problem by learning what you need to do. This article will show you how to easily apply or reapply your vinyl floor wax.

Step 1 - Prepare the Area

You cannot possibly begin this task without starting on a bare surface. Depending where your vinyl floors are located, you will first need to remove everything sitting on them. This includes removing a dining room table and any chairs or end tables. Place everything outside of the space until you're finished.

Step 2 - Clean the Floors

Spreading new wax on a dirty floor is never a good idea since it will not adhere to oil or grime. So, it is important that you remove these obstacles. Fill a bucket about half full with warm water and add a cleaner specially formulated for vinyl floors. Make sure you have the right chemical so you do not accidentally remove any wax still on the floor with the wrong one.

Submerge your mop in the cleaning solution, and wring out the excess water. Push it over the vinyl using even pressure until you've gone over the entire floor. Wet the mop as needed while cleaning, and then let the surface air dry on its own afterward. Never dry the floor with rags.

Step 3 - Add Wax

After the vinyl floor has dried, you can begin applying wax. When you purchase the product you plan to use, make sure you read the label carefully. Some products require other chemicals to be added or certain precautions be taken prior to use.

Pour the wax into a bucket to begin the mixing process if that is required, and then place it into the wax tray for application. These trays are shallow and rectangular, and they make sure that your wax applicator gets maximum penetration. Start at the furthest section of the floor and mop the wax toward you. Brush it on in even, straight lines, overlapping every previous line by a couple inches as you progress. Do not apply too much wax; a little goes a long way.

Consult your product's label for a dry time, and keep all people, animals, and furniture out of the room until the proper amount has passed.