First, you have to strip the floors of any existing wax before you can apply a new, even coat of wax. The best way to accomplish this is by putting down a coat of floor stripper and using a floor stripping pad on a floor buffing machine to remove the old dirty wax. The goal is to strip away all of the old wax until only the bare floor surface remains. While this is often the most labor-intensive and time-consuming step, it is also the most important. If you don’t take the time to remove all existing wax, you’ll end up with an uneven or cloudy floor surface when you apply fresh wax.


Before applying wax to the freshly stripped floors, you should first use a floor sealer that protects the underlying floor surface from absorbing wax. Floor sealer helps insulate floor tiles and laminate from wax, and it’s best practice to apply two layers of sealer to prevent any wax from seeping through. However, not all floor sealers are the same, so you should make sure to select the right floor sealer for your flooring system.


With the floors stripped and now appropriately sealed, you’re ready to apply a fresh layer of wax. Depending on the type of flooring system you’re waxing, you need to match the right kind of wax to your hard floors. We recommend applying anywhere from four to 10 layers of wax coating to achieve a durable, long-lasting finish that won’t require immediate stripping after only a few buffing sessions. However, for high-traffic areas, you may want to apply additional layers of wax.