Mix wax remover solution in a bucket. Follow the label on the wax stripper for mixing and dilution instructions. Dilution techniques may vary from product to product.
Dampen a mop in the stripping solution and apply to a small area of floor. Do not flood the floor area with solution, as it can work into and beneath the slate and damage any underlying materials.
Allow five to 10 minutes for the solution to react with the wax. If you see the solution beginning to dry, apply another layer.
Mop again to remove solution and wax. Rinse the mop in water between each application.
Continue this process until the wax is removed from the whole floor. You may need to apply more than one coat of wax stripper to an area to completely remove the wax.
Things You Will Need
- Wax remover
- Purchase a wax remover from a flooring or hardware store. If you are unsure about a particular product, consult an expert at the retailer. Spot test any wax removers or solvents on a small, inconspicuous area of your floor before use to make sure if will not damage the floor.
- You can also use a flooring buffing machine to remove wax; it can be faster than the mop, but you also run the risk of scratching the slate if you use too high a setting.
- Allow at least 24 hours for the floor to dry after waxing stripping before proceeding to seal the floor.