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ICAN/ATEX: What is the difference between floor wax and polish?

March 06, 2013
KEYWORDS acrylic / cleaning / floor / polish / vinyl / wax
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Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

Wednesday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

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 trusted product, and we are due for some maintenance.

Do we perform a strip and wax, or should we polish?

Wednesday’s Answer:

waxed floorVinyl and most other resilient tile floors today are protected and beautified by using a metal-interlock finishes constructed with styrene acrylic polymers.

In fact, natural waxes have not been in common use for floor protection for 50 years.

Consequently, the correct phrase is  … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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