Thread Number: 34729  /  Tag: Vintage Floor Polishers/Floor Care Products
Cleaning Floor Polisher Brushes of Wax
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Post# 375066   7/9/2017 at 12:42 by Louvac (Madison)        

Hey Guys!

Does anyone know how to clean the floor brushes of a floor polisher? I was told that they need to be soaked in ammonia to break down the dried wax. Even though they often appear to be clean, when you run the machine on a linoleum floor, for example, they make the linoleum shine like a baby's a-s, which tells you that there must be some wax in the bristles. So the question is: how do you properly clean the brushes without harming them or compromising their integrity?

Post# 375078 , Reply# 1   7/9/2017 at 15:30 by fantomfan57 (Austin, Texas)        
Hey Louis...

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Does your floor polisher come with instructions? If so they may cover how to do that. If you don't have the manual, you may try a google search and find one to download.

To me, it sounds like soaking in hot water and ammonia would work, then rinsing and scrubbing with a hand brush. I also think the instructions would say that you wash the wax off right after waxing so it does not dry on the bristles.

Good luck! :)

Post# 375080 , Reply# 2   7/9/2017 at 16:06 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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The short cut would be to snap on any compatible pads like the classic "lamb's wool" pads GE sold with their polishers. This way you could buff and polish your floor without having to try and clean the old brush bristles.

Post# 375110 , Reply# 3   7/10/2017 at 10:15 by Smow69 (Pryor Oklahoma)        
Polisher brushes

Hot water and ammonia works great on the brushes. On the pads put between newspaper and iron the wax out.i have a Amish book on household hints it works great.

Post# 375117 , Reply# 4   7/10/2017 at 12:44 by Louvac (Madison)        
Thanks, Guys!

So...I guess the Ammonia and water is the best way to dissolve the old wax because ammonia does breakdown wax. I was wondering whether or not it would compromise the integrity of the brush itself.

But, I will try all options offered! Thanks again guys!

Post# 375880 , Reply# 5   7/25/2017 at 13:58 by CajunVac (St. Martinville, LA)        
Have you considered?

When you are running the machine with clean brushes that you are polishing the wax that remains on the floor. The suggestion of re-buffing between waxing sessions is a good one, growing up, I was the child that would buff the floors as per instructions from mom. We had oak floors and they were waxed using Johnson's or Simonize Paste wax. We never used Bruce's because mom felt that wax would darken the light oak floors. Between applications of wax and polishing. There was the every other day dry mom and once a week damp moping. After the floor dried, pads were placed on the brushes and buffing would commence. We never had wax buildup to required application of any stripper. The floors look like they were covered with glass. Heel marks were promptly wiped away, and we were taught not to drag our feet to cause scuff marks. I have the 1957 Regina polisher my mother received as a gift from her father since he had a great egg crop and bought each of his six children a basic model. Mom had two set of brushes, felt and lambs wool pads. The floors were covered with Solarium. Eventually mom gave me the polisher since the I have oak floors and I wanted to maintain them the way mom had.

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