Thread Number: 40909  /  Tag: Vintage Floor Polishers/Floor Care Products
Paste Wax Application to Linoleum
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Post# 434512   11/3/2020 at 11:19 by win31 (Ontario, CAnada)        

Applying paste wax on hands and knees is a tough job. I hate it. I saw these snap-on wax pads that Singer once made (see photos) to have their polishing machine apply paste wax. Just spoon paste wax into these pads, zip them up, snap them on and it's supposed to magically, evenly apply wax to the floor. Never seen any. Can find hardly any info on Internet about them.

Has anyone used these pads? Do they work? Could you make your own? Or does anyone have suggestions for an easy stand-up way to put paste wax on the floor?

Thanks for looking.


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Post# 434522 , Reply# 1   11/3/2020 at 14:46 by win31 (Ontario, CAnada)        



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Post# 434524 , Reply# 2   11/3/2020 at 15:36 by sanitaire (anchorage, alaska)        

wasent paste wax made for wood floors? a few of my older kirbys have a specific brush for buffing after it's applied

Post# 434530 , Reply# 3   11/3/2020 at 19:09 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Nope, Kirby had a roller with wax on it for doing linoleum and tile floors. It was paste wax too just on a roller that spun over top of the floor and rubbed it in.

I have an old floor waxer from the 1920's or 1930's that you use paste wax with, but I haven't found out if you can use it on unfinished/unsealed floors or where to find a modern era safe wax paste.


Post# 434573 , Reply# 4   11/4/2020 at 17:06 by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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It also depends on what type of tile.

Paste wax can be used on Wood, Linoleum, cork, vinyl, stone, ceramic, terra cotta, terrazzo (if it's sealed), etc.

DO NOT USE paste wax on asphalt tile as it will dissolve the tile. If it is asphalt tile use a water based floor polish like mop and glo.

You can use a Kirby to polish paste wax with the polisher head. You don't have to use Kirby's Miracle Wax. People use to do that before Kirby came out with Miracle Wax.


Post# 434601 , Reply# 5   11/5/2020 at 09:51 by Doesitlookclean (Kentucky)        

Speaking of paste wax, I have a question. My best friend (and neighbor who lives across the hall in my building), recently purchased on Facebook a 50s/60s GE floor polisher. We both have the original hardwood floors from when the building was built in 1920. Thus they are very dry and in dire need of attention.

My question is, how do we use this to make our hardwood floors shine like they did in the roaring 20s?
I bought a can of Johnsonís Wax (I know it will take several cans). Iíve googled and watched YouTube videos, but I canít get a straight answer. Do I scoop the wax on to the floor? Do I dip the brushes into the can? Do I use a towel to wipe up the excess wax off the floor? How long does it take to obtain a glass like finish? I started to do a small corner the other day, but it felt like someone had poured a melted candle on the floor. I decided to stop before I ruined anything. Iíd post a pic of the polisher, but itís in his unit and heís currently at work.


Post# 434603 , Reply# 6   11/5/2020 at 10:30 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I either used Johnson's Paste Wax

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or Liquid Preen.




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