Floor Wax, Waxing Wood Floors

Floor Wax, Waxing Wood Floors

A guide to the waxing of wood floors, wood floor waxes.

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Third, the floor may be waxed. It is common practice to first shellac the floor, one or two coats, and then apply the wax. The wax is not beeswax, but a harder wax; this is softened a little with oil, and then turpentine enough is added to make a paste,and this is put on the floor, and as soon as it is apparently dry it is polished by rubbing with a clean cloth or a brush. For this purpose a heavy-weighted brush, weighing ten to twenty pounds, is used, with a long handle like a mop-handle; with this the floor may be polished. After a week apply another coat of wax and polish again; keep this up for two months; after this it may be considered that the floor is properly waxed, and only a little need be applied. A waxed or varnished floor is always to be cleaned with a brush or with a broom wrapped in a soft cloth to avoid scratches. But the waxed floor, to be kept in fine condition, must be brush-polished every few days; and once in a couple of weeks should be sprinkled with a solution of wax in turpentine; or better, this may be put on with a brush or a cloth. Prepared floor-wax may now be bought everywhere, much better than the amateur can make.

A properly kept waxed floor is certainly the handsomest floor that is known; but if kept well polished it is excessively and, many people think, dangerously slippery.

It is not out of place here to tell of a very singular fact. A floor varnished every six months with a good Kauri varnish will keep buffalo moths out of rugs laid on it; similarly, a varnish of this kind thoroughly used about the woodwork, including the interiors of closets, has a very appreciable influence in keeping all sorts of insects out of a house. Shellac or wax will not do this.

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