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How to seal interior brick floors with wax

Updated February 21, 2017

A brick floor gives an interior space the rustic charm of a cobblestone road in an old village. Finish a brick floor with a brick sealant, then wax polish to prolong and uphold the masonry's durability and appearance. Seal new or unfinished brick floors to prevent moisture, dirt and other contaminants from absorption into the pores of the bricks. Wax the brick floor to provide both additional protection and a soft sheen.

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  1. Sweep or vacuum all loose debris from the floor. Wash an older brick floor with a scrub brush, using biodegradable masonry cleaner that is not caustic. Mop the floor with fresh water to rinse, then leave the brickwork to dry.

  2. Mask adjacent surfaces other than brick with masking tape and masking paper or plastic. Paint the brickwork with a generous coat of penetrating concrete, stone and masonry sealer using a synthetic fibre paint roller or a hand pump sprayer. Leave the sealer to soak in and dry.

  3. Drop a bit of water on the floor. If it does not bead, apply a second coat of sealer and leave it to dry.

  4. Pour 59 ml (1/4 cup) of solvent-based brick wax in the middle of the most distant 1.2 m (4 foot) square section of floor. Buff the wax using a mechanised buffer with a heavy-duty buff pad. Continue applying and buffing wax in 1.2 m (4 foot) sections until the floor is finished.

  5. Buff the entire floor with a medium-duty buff pad. Apply a second coat of wax, buffing with the heavy-duty buff pad, only if heavy foot traffic is anticipated. Follow up again with a medium-duty buff pad.

  6. Buff the entire floor with a light-duty buff pad. If you desire a greater sheen than the medium-duty buff pad produced.

  7. Clean up equipment and materials, using white spirit or paint thinner.

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Things You'll Need

  • Broom or vacuum
  • Biodegradable concrete and masonry cleaner (optional)
  • Scrub brush (optional)
  • Masking tape
  • Masking paper or plastic sheeting
  • Penetrating sealer
  • Paint roller with synthetic head or pump sprayer
  • Solvent-based masonry wax
  • Buffer
  • Heavy-duty buff pad
  • Medium-duty buff pad
  • Light-duty buff pad (optional)
  • White spirit or paint thinner

About the Author

Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.

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