Can I put wax on laminate flooring?

Can I Use Wax On Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is not like hardwood flooring. Yes, both are made out of wood, but the maintenance of the two is completely different. Which begs the question if you should use wax on laminate flooring.

You Can NOT Use Wax on Laminate Flooring

Unlike hardwood, if you use wax on laminate flooring it doesn’t make it shine. Using wax on laminate flooring can cause a buildup of dirt and actually does the opposite of what it does on hardwood. Instead of the wax making your floor shine, wax makes your laminate flooring look cloudy and dull.

What You Should Use On Laminate Flooring

Stick with a laminate floor cleaner or vinegar and water to clean your laminate. Be cautious of laminate flooring cleaners though. Always read the back label of all your cleaning supplies to make sure wax is not an ingredient as well. Some companies are just as misguided – thinking that wax will help make laminate looking new – when in reality, it’s a detrimental component to keeping laminate floors looking sparkling new. Use a simple solution of 1 cup white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water and your laminate floors will continue to look good as new!

Learn more about clean and maintain your laminate flooring here.


  1. Hi there, Kacy! We are sorry to hear about your issue with your laminate flooring. We do not suggest using anything to fill in these gaps as it could lead to issues with your flooring. We would recommend trying to add some area rugs to common spaces!

  2. I have a different problem with laminate floors. I cannot stand to walk on them in bare feet. Feels like gritty sand. I want to fill in the grain.

  3. Thank you Deepika!

  4. Amazing post to share . keep up the good work

  5. Hi Alex, thanks for your question. I am sorry you found out the hard way! The laminate has a paper decor and coating on top of it, so it is only wood at the core. I do not have an option to fix the sanded spot, besides our scratch protocol. The best way to fill in some scratches is to use a laminate repair kit. You can learn more here:

  6. Hi there, I sanded using a fine grit paper over a spot where I have a couple of scratches, and now that spot has become dull and shines under light. I didn’t know laminate can’t be sanded. My floor is engineered laminate in walnut colour.

    Is there a way to fix the sanded spot? I tried using wipe on poly but it’s still visible. Also, what’s the best way to repair scratches and small gauges. Thank you.

  7. Oh, Debb…sorry to hear about that! We get that complaint a lot and do not recommend using Bona for this reason. You can try a few things. Test these in small areas before using a lot. You can try Acetone, Windex or Water and Vinegar. You can check out our stain care guide here:

  8. I use Bona on my brand new laminate floors and it left a streaky haze and I’m very upset about it.

  9. Hi Mirna, thanks for your question! We’ve heard mixed reviews on Bona, and have not personally tested it in our office. If you choose Bona, test is on a small part of the floor first. We have heard it can leave a haze or residue on the floor. Most laminate specific cleaners should be fine for you, but the best would be to use a water and vinegar solution. You can get all of our laminate cleaning tips here:

  10. My floor is Laminate with a low gloss. Can I use Bona cleaner on my floor?

  11. Hi Marina, thanks for reaching out. Each wax is a bit different, so we generally recommend reaching out to the manufacturer of the wax you used and see what they recommend for laminate flooring to avoid any surface damage.

  12. I put floor wax on my laminate how do I get it of

  13. Hi Lori, thanks for the comment. I am surprised to hear the vinegar and water solution did not work for you! We’d recommend trying dish soap with water if you have a residue build up. Other than that, you can find household cleaners specific to vinyl flooring almost anywhere. We have not personally tested any brands to recommend.

  14. I used vinegar and water and it left my floors very dull looking and an odd residue. Still looking for a good floor cleaner that will not leave a strange residue on my vinyl plank flooring.

  15. Thanks for sharing Diane! Yes, stay away from the wax 🙂

  16. I used quick shine deep cleaner and wax remover to remove the quick shine floor finish that I put on my lamenete floors thet caused a build up. Used a brush and a scrubbed pad to remove the old wax and worked great. Now I am not going to put ant wax back on the floors.

  17. Hi Carolyn, sorry to hear about the Orange Glo problem! We have no tried this personally, but it seems Windex will help remove it! Be sure to get the ammonia free kind. Try it on a small patch to test it out!

  18. Carolyn Garchitorena

    My contractor used orange glo wood polish on my vinyl floors and they are a mess,what would you suggest I use to cut through the oil to remove it from the floors? HELPPPPPP

  19. Hi Kim, thanks for your comment. We recommend reaching out to the manufacturer of the wax that you used on your flooring. Typically, they will be able to provide the best product or solution to remove their specific wax from your laminate flooring.

  20. What can you use to take wax off of Laminate floors?

  21. Hi Herb, thanks for your comment. Did you use wax on your laminate flooring? Unfortunately, this can make your floors look cloudy and dull. We recommend using water and vinegar to clean your flooring. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and will leave your floors fresh and clean!

  22. Does not work, the floors are less than a year old and look like crap.

  23. Yeah… Keep going!

  24. Thanks Fabian!

  25. Thanks for the information.Keep sharing such kind of blogs!

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