Floor Wax

Floor Wax is a wax-based preparation used to finish and polish floors. It is meant to increase hardness and glossiness in flooring and create resistance against slips and scuff marks and includes ingredients like polymer emulsions, urethane and resins to achieve this. There are some major considerations to take into account for any business owner contemplating how to coat and protect their floors, such as health effects, durability and

Floor Wax Ingredients 

When choosing a floor wax it’s important to keep in mind what kind of chemicals you want to come in contact with on a daily basis since constant buffing and waxing is required to keep floors looking spotless and new with the use of wax. Traditional synthetic waxes contain ingredients like cresol, which causes liver and kidney damage, and formaldehyde, which has been linked to numerous medical conditions including asthma, cancer and reproductive problems and has mostly been replaced by other ingredients except in older waxes.  They also contain hazardous chemicals like nitrobenzene, perchloroethylene, phenol, toluene and xylene. Synthetic waxes like floor wax have very little to no wax in them at all, so the name is somewhat misleading.

There are less chemical, eco-friendly floor waxes available on the market using ingredients like carnauba wax to effectively seal off porous flooring surfaces, they are specialty items and in general are more costly. It is also possible to make your own floor wax, although this would be not be recommended for large commercial areas and businesses.

Pros of Floor Wax

When applied and maintained properly floor wax has a high shine to it which is desirable for many businesses and commercial spaces with, and it can be applied to just about any flooring surface such as ceramic tile, wood, concrete and vinyl (although not all vinyls.) Floor wax has been on the market as a finishing agent for a long time and is readily available to any business that chooses to use it, it handles high traffic well and is formulated to repel stains and resist scratches and abrasions.

Cons of Floor Wax

Although floor wax is suitable for almost any type of floor and has been popular for a long time, many businesses and flooring industry professionals are starting to question it’s harsh chemical contents and the long-term effects that might have for anyone in an environment with floor wax. In addition many modern Vinyl and Vinyl Tile Composite Floors (VCT) are classified as “no wax” floors, therefore ruling out wax as an option for those spaces, in which case the business owner must look into alternative floor finishes.

Floor Wax Maintenance

Floor wax requires a great deal of maintenance to keep its shine in the face of heavy foot traffic, depending on the type of floor you may need to buff and even strip and reapply the wax at least once a year.

Whether or not you choose to use wax to finish or refinish your floors, commercial spaces and businesses need a protective coating on their floors in order to look keep the area looking new and to facilitate easy and regular cleaning.

An Eco-Friendly Alternative

If you are using or is considering floor wax, we invite to you try an eco-friendly alternative — Green Shield Floors UV sealer. It’s got many advantages over floor wax and you’ll also save time and money on maintenance.