How to Remove Wax Coating From Porcelain Tiles

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Many manufacturers, especially those in China, apply a thin wax coating to porcelain tiles before shipping. The wax coating protects the tile's surface from mars and scratches during shipping as well as during installation.

The wax coating creates a dull, muddy surface on the tile and may interfere with sealing products. Wax-stripping products remove most wax coatings, although an alkaline solvent product may be required for heat-hardened wax.

Pour a small amount of wax stripper on the tile after installation for easiest wax removal.

Scrub the tile with a poultice or nylon emulsifying pad.

Rinse with water and a clean cloth.

  • Many manufacturers, especially those in China, apply a thin wax coating to porcelain tiles before shipping.
  • The wax coating protects the tile's surface from mars and scratches during shipping as well as during installation.

Repeat the process if necessary to remove all signs of the wax coating.

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