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.

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

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