How Do You Make Wood Floor Wax Remover?

To remove wax buildup on wood floors, add several drops of oil-free soap and a tablespoon of white distilled vinegar to a bucket of hot water, and clean the floor with a sponge mop. To test wood floors for wax buildup, flick a little water into a corner not often used and wait 30 minutes. If there is wax on the floor's surface, it turns white under the beaded water.

Another popular way to remove the waxy, oily residue that remains on a wood floor's surface from commercial floor cleaners is to use glass cleaner. To create a simple glass cleaner suitable for wood floors, mix 2 tablespoons of ammonia and 2 quarts of warm water. The diluted ammonia in the cleaner is effective in removing acrylic waxes on a hardwood floor without risk to the floor's finish. Spray the glass cleaner directly onto a microfiber mop, spread it around the floor, and wipe the floor until it is completely dry.

You can also remove wax from a wood floor by soaking a cloth in mineral spirits and rubbing down the floor in 2-foot square increments. Turn and refold the cloth often as the wax dissolves so that the removed wax residue remains away from the flooring. Repeat the process using 0000 steel wool moistened with mineral spirits to take care of any remaining wax in the wood grain. Once all the wax is removed, sponge mop the floor with hot water, leaving no standing water. Dry the floor with a rag.