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Saturday, August 29, 2015


We have a question about floor wax and polish. What’s the difference between the the two? No one on our cleaning crew seems to know. We have vinyl flooring and have been using a Johnson product, and we are due for a strip and wax, or polish?


Vinyl and most other resilient tile floors today are protected and beautified by using a metal-interlock finishes constructed with styrene acrylic polymers. Johnson Wax Professional retained the Wax in deference to their Carnauba tree wax heritage, but you will find no wax in Complete® or Vectra™. In fact, natural waxes have not been in common use for floor protection for fifty years.
Consequently, the correct phrase is “strip and refinish” a floor, not “strip and wax” or “strip and polish”.
In the floor care industry, the term “polish” is used as a verb to mean “to make smooth and glossy” referring to the operation of a burnisher or buffer to enhance the gloss of the finish. Floor finishes are not called polishes in the manner of shoe polish. We apply floor finishes, not waxes or polishes.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor