Made by bees as a storage system to hold their honey, beeswax is hard and has a high temperature melting point. By combining beeswax with oil and turpentine, you can produce a salve-like product that will protect your wood floor and add a soft sheen. If you're refinishing a wood floor, you will apply a beeswax product after you remove the old finish and prep the wood.
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Things you need
- Floor sander
- Water sealer
- Linseed oil
- Wax applicator pad
- Wool cloth
Remove the baseboard, and countersink old nails that have worked out of the wood with a hammer and nail set.
Sand off the old floor finish with a power floor sander, available at construction rental stores.
Apply a water-sealing product made for wood with a large paintbrush, brushing the solution on in the direction of the wood grain. Let the product soak into the wood floor and dry completely.
Melt 0.454kg. of beeswax in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat and stir in 1 pint of turpentine and 1 pint of boiled linseed oil. As the mixture cools, it will thicken to the consistency of salve.
Apply a thin coat of your beeswax floor-finishing product to the wood floor with a wax applicator pad, rubbing it on in the direction of the wood grain.
Let the beeswax product remain on the floor until it dries. Buff it with a wool cloth until it shines. If your floor is large, you can save time by renting a commercial floor polisher.
Add one or more additional thin coats of the beeswax product until you build up the finish to your liking. Allow the floor to dry two days, without traffic, between subsequent coats.
Tips and warnings
- A beeswax finish requires regular waxing to keep up its good looks.
- You can purchase similar commercial beeswax floor finishing products.
- Follow all safety precautions that come with a power floor sander.
- Do not wet mop your floor. Use a dry dust mop or a rag mop that you've dampened with paraffin oil or liquid wax for cleaning.
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