Thursday, January 1, 1998

Removing Floor Wax Buildup

We moved into the house at 37337 27th street east in early 1996. George was the owner. As he showed us around, you could tell he loved his home. He & his wife moved into another house in a snooty neighborhood with a nice view but absolutely no front yard, it was pathetic. George liked this house better. His wife was a teacher, their boys are grown and I think they have foster children with issues. She wanted to sell the house, but he loved it and didn't want to let it go, so he rented it out against her will. She didn't like us very much.

Anyhow, he said his wife used Mop n' Glow on the floor every day or something. There's a low spot in the kitchen by the fridge with what looks like a "pool" of blackness. George says he doesn't know what it is or where it came from. Mom says it's wax buildup because they used Mop n Glow. She made fun of them for using the product, but it makes floors shiny so I would be that dumb, too I guess. She says "it's a polishing product to be used occasionally not every damn day" OK, my mom didn't say damn because she doesn't curse.

Anyhow- she said Ammonia strips wax. So I went to the store and bought a bottle of ammonia and poured it on the floor. It stunk so badly that I thought I was going to pass out. I scrubbed it with my mop until I could see through the blackness to the floor below. George was impressed. I didn't mention the mop n glow, but I did tell him it was wax buildup.

If I had it to do over again, I would have scraped off most of the wax first, and then diluted the ammonia and scrubbed it with that.

In the end, I ended up going over the entire floor with ammonia and using mop n glow once a month, and other cleaners in between. I also made sure to not allow the mop n glow to pool up at the low point on the floor.

When we moved from the house, my husband left a box in the attic that had my high school yearbook and all my christmas ornaments from when I was a little kid. In my family, everyone is gifted with an ornament with the year on it, every year.