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How to Remove Wax Coating From Porcelain Tiles

Many manufacturers, especially those in China, apply a thin wax coating to porcelain tiles before shipping. The wax coating protects the tile's surface from mars and scratches during shipping as well as during installation. The wax coating creates a dull, muddy surface on the tile and may interfere with sealing products. Wax-stripping products remove most wax coatings, although an alkaline solvent product may be required for heat-hardened wax.

Porcelain tiles may have a wax coating applied at the factory.
  1. Pour a small amount of wax stripper on the tile after installation for easiest wax removal.

  2. Scrub the tile with a poultice or nylon emulsifying pad.

  3. Rinse with water and a clean cloth.

  4. Repeat the process if necessary to remove all signs of the wax coating.

Warning

  • Try a sealer and coating remover for tough-to-remove wax, but use care. These products are solvents, requiring ventilation and protective clothing. They also may darken the tile surface or leave an oily residue. Test the product on a leftover tile before applying to the entire surface.
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