How to Clean & Buff Waxed Concrete Floors

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How to Clean & Buff Waxed Concrete Floors
A floor polisher buffs a light shine into your concrete floors with speed. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Concrete may be strong and durable, but over time even the hardest of concrete mixes can wear down over continued use. A wax coating over the concrete helps to delay this by functioning as a wear layer on top of the concrete. Wax coatings also add to the appearance of the concrete, adding a bit of shine to the surface. Once the floor is waxed, that wax coating needs to be maintained, which requires regular cleaning and buffing. This maintenance preserves the look and functionality of the wax coating, keeping the concrete looking fresh and resisting some of the wear and tear of everyday use.

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Things you need

  • Push broom
  • String mop
  • pH-neutral cleanser
  • Concrete floor wax
  • Hand-held pump sprayer
  • Micro-fibre mop
  • Floor buffer with medium-bristle brush

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  1. 1

    Sweep the floor using a push broom to remove any loose dirt or debris from the surface. Push the broom in rows along the length of the floor, overlapping each row by 3 inches to avoid pushing the dirt along the sides of the broom.

  2. 2

    Mop the floor using a damp string mop to remove dirt deposits ground into wax. Use a pH-neutral cleanser with hot water to clean the floor to avoid damaging the wax layer.

  3. 3

    Apply a thin layer of concrete floor wax over the concrete using a hand-held pump sprayer for complete coverage. Dampen the pad of a microfibre mop with the wax and then spread the sprayed wax over the floor using the mop with a figure-eight pattern. The microfibre mop will press the wax into the pores of the floor without leaving lint behind with the wax.

  4. 4

    Wait for the wax to dry to a dull haze on the floor. Use a floor buffer equipped with a medium bristle brush to buff the wax. Run the buffer over the surface of the floor, allowing the bristles to buff the surface to a slight gloss finish. Work in overlapping rows, moving the buffer in small circular motions to avoid creating visible lines at row edges.

Tips and warnings

  • Buffers can be rented at most home improvement stores.

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