Acrylic Wax for Hardwood Floors? There Can Be Problems

Acrylic Wax for Hardwood Floors? There Can Be Problems

Acrylic wax for hardwood floors? This can be a problem. Most homeowners with hardwood floors eventually get to the point where the original luster of their refinished floors begins to dull down.  This is normal, especially when small children, pets and an active social schedule get involved.  A few coatings manufacturers provide cleaning products to remove dirt and grime but these cleaners will not address a dull look acquired from constant use.  Even after the floors have been thoroughly cleaned, they still look dull.  You really want to be careful about your next choice.

The most natural course of action is to go to your local hardware store or even to search the internet for your options.  Without a doubt, the products that get the most attention are acrylic waxes.  They are easy to apply (usually mixed with water and applied with a sponge mop), cheap, look good and offer very fast turn around times.  However, what most homeowners don’t realize is that they are no longer trying to maintain a floor finish; they now have to maintain a maintenance product and folks – that is a whole new ballgame!

Acrylic Wax on Hardwood Floors Does Not Wear Well

Contrary to what the label may say, acrylic products do not wear well and much of their maintenance involves applying more of the same.  And that is where it becomes a problem because most of these manufacturers do not make a product to get the acrylic products off the floor.  Making matters worse is the fact that they usually turn an ugly grey as the accumulation increases.  Most people quickly realize that maintaining a maintenance product is not as easy as they thought it would be and certainly didn’t make the wood floor more attractive.

If you insist on using these products, let me give you this advice – any manufacturer you select absolutely must make a product that will safely remove the acrylics from the surface. Period; end of story, no excuses accepted!  If the acrylic products cannot be removed, you lose the option of recoating the floor and that is not acceptable.  You have to be diligent about this because there is a lot at risk here and you don’t want to be giving up many of your options.

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Key components of my recoating team.

I am not against people using acrylic products on their wood floors.  I just don’t like the negative consequences and how they can create a much more expensive problem than the one they solve.  If you have wood floors and notice they have lost their luster, recoating is probably going to be a much better option to look at that than some maintenance system.  The coatings available today are much more durable and easily maintained than any we have ever had.  There is stronger product support and homeowners are much more likely to adapt to these products than something that only offers a fleeting resolution to their problem.  So, if you want to use acrylic products to maintain your hardwood floors, be careful what you wish for!  You may be going down a dead end road.


  1. I think it depends on what kind of ovlarel *look* you want. The solid would lend itself well to something more traditional for a floor. The mottled keeps the look of concrete, which might be better more modern or streamlined decor. If the color is as gold as it looks in the photo, though, then the solid is better because the mottled has that Tuscan look (that I don’t think will stand the test of time).Lumpy floors are part of the charm of an old house’s basement. Don’t sweat them.