Solid Wood Floor - Wax - Recommendations?

26 Mar 2016
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United Kingdom
See photo attached of my flooring. Solid wood flooring from Homebase ("Schreiber Caramel") installed about 5 years ago.

In places the surface is scuffed and is looking dull and tatty. This is mostly because there's a fine grain in some of the pieces of flooring, which has been a nightmare for dust - especially dust from bits of plastering work I've done (dust sheets notwithstanding). The bits of flooring where there isn't this grain look a lot better - almost like new.

I've thoroughly cleaned the floor and I've done a test patch with a clear floor wax from Toolstation - - to see if I can restore it to its former glory. I will say that it looks a lot better than it did, but still...I'm unsure:

1. It's noticeably less shiny than the original finish, which is a shame

2. In places the colour of the wood has faded away and a clear wax obviously won't fix that. Is there a darker wax I should buy, or should I use some kind of wood dye/stain instead before waxing?

3. How durable will the finish be?

4. Is there anything I can do in future to stop dust being so magnetically attracted to the flooring?

Hoping someone who knows about floor restoration will read this and be able to advise if the product is suitable & if not, perhaps suggest an alternative. Very grateful for any assistance.



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Thanks for sharing your experience with solid wood flooring and the challenges you've faced with dust and scuffing.
Thanks for sharing your experience with solid wood flooring and the challenges you've faced with dust and scuffing.
If you're looking for an alternative to the clear floor wax, you might want to try Priory Polishes wood wax. This product is specifically designed for solid wood flooring and can help to nourish and protect the wood, giving it a beautiful shine. It's also available in a range of colors, so you should be able to find a shade that matches your flooring. As for durability, wood wax is generally quite durable, but it's always a good idea to follow the manufacturer's instructions for application and maintenance to ensure the best results. You might also want to consider using a wood floor protector or placing mats in high traffic areas to help prevent scuffing and dust buildup.

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