How to Remove Wax from Porcelain Tiles

If you have porcelain tiles in your house, you have probably had to deal with the occasional wax stain from time to time. But do you know how to remove wax from porcelain tiles?

The process is easier than you may think and we are about to show you the best way to clean porcelain tile floors to ensure they are wax-free.

If you follow our trusty guide to clean white shiny porcelain floor tiles, you will cut your work in half and your tiles will have their original sheen back in no time.

How to Remove Wax from Porcelain Tiles

Step 1: Remove Residual Wax

Before dealing with a wax stain, you want to gather up as much of the wax as you can.

We have found that you can easily scrape up the wax with a blunt object. Our experts recommend using a blow dryer or hot water to soften the wax before removing it with a dry cloth.

You can even use a steam cleaner to soften it up (yes, you can steam clean porcelain tiles).

Step 2: Choose a Cleaning Solution

Now that you’ve prepped your tile surface, you can prep your cleaning solution. Based on our research, you will probably be better off using professional floor and carpet chemicals

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For example, this Black Label Soap Free Rinse works wonders on hard floor surfaces and is one of the best products to clean porcelain tile floors. You can also opt for a specialized tile and grout cleaner.

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Alternatively, use a mixture of hot water and dish soap or place some white vinegar or rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle.

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Step 3: Clean Your Tile

According to our research, it is important to not be too abrasive when removing stains from porcelain tiles because these tiles scratch easily.

If you are using vinegar, alcohol, or a commercial cleaner, spray it onto the wax-stained area and allow it to work. Then, take a cloth or paper towel and dab the tile until the stain disappears.

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If you are using dish soap and water, dip a cloth or rag in the soapy water and rub the tile gently until all remnants of the wax stain have disappeared.

For best results, you can enlist the help of a specialized cleaning tool such as a squeegee mop or a tile cleaning tool

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How To Remove Floor Wax from Porcelain Tiles

Step 1: Remove Wax

Okay, so most floor-cleaning experts don’t recommend putting floor wax on your porcelain tiles. But maybe you tried it and you realize that you have to get it off. And soon.

Your first course of action will be to take a damp cloth and try to remove as much of the wax as you can.

Step 2: Use A Strong Cleaning Agent

The next step is to apply a strong commercial cleaner that can cut through the wax without damaging the tile. We recommend something like Ecocide Citrus Lush. You can also use vinegar.

Gently scrub the tile with a toothbrush or scrub pad until the wax lifts off the surface. This method is also useful for removing grout from porcelain tiles.

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A wax stain on porcelain tiles is not the end of the world. Regardless of how it may look.

It’s always best to avoid wax coming into contact with porcelain tiles, but a little wax stain does not mean it’s the end of the road for your glossy tiles.

In fact, it is quite easy to clean if you know what you are doing. 

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