Having the floors stripped and waxed is one of those jobs everyone knows needs to be done, but few people understand why floors need to be stripped and waxed, what type of floors can be stripped and waxed, and how frequently floors should be stripped and waxed. But before we answer these vital questions, we’re going to start with the most basic information, which is what does it mean to have your floors stripped and waxed.
What does it mean to have the floors stripped and waxed?
Commercial floors are generally covered with a protective layer that keeps the surface of the floor from being stained or otherwise damaged through normal wear and tear. This layer is called wax, although it’s not quite like the wax you encounter in a birthday candle or the salon. This wax is a special blend designed to last, containing shellac, polyurethane, lacquer, and more.
Unfortunately, the wax doesn’t stay good forever. People walking on the floor, moving furniture or equipment on the floor, and the passage of time all contribute to the wax breaking down and deteriorating. Wax can also be adversely impacted by extreme weather conditions, including high heat events and flooding. When it gets worn out, professional cleaners remove the old wax (stripping), clean the floors, and then apply a layer of new wax to seal and protect the floor.
What Kind of Floors Need Stripping and Waxing?
Wood, vinyl, and tile floors all need stripping and waxing periodically. The floors that need stripping and waxing most frequently are the floors in high-traffic areas, such as hallways, food service areas, bathrooms, classrooms, office spaces, and kitchen areas. High visibility areas, such as showrooms and front lobbies, often need more frequent stripping and waxing to reach the desired appearance.
How Frequently Should Commercial Floors Be Stripped and Waxed?
Our recommendation is based on our experience providing commercial cleaning in the Boston area. With the climate we have, and assuming a reasonably busy commercial setting, floor stripping and waxing is necessary every 4-6 months. This means 2-3 times a year for most businesses.