Recently, I visited a local store called Solutions looking for an easy floor wax to revitalize my maple floors. I had done a little research online, and every product I read about required long periods of no traffic after application and buffing. I remembered my parents old buffing machine, and laughed at the prospect of buying yet another cleaning appliance. The owner of Solutions suggested Protex brand Premium Self-Polishing Wax made from 100% carnauba wax.
Carnauba wax comes from a Coperinica Cerifera palm tree, known as the "Tree of Life," of northeastern Brazil. It grows in moist regions, such as riverbanks, and reaches 25-50 feet. The fan-shaped leaves of the palm exudes the wax to protect the plant from dehydration. Palm leaves are cut from mature trees, sun dried, and then mechanically thrashed to extract the wax. Each tree produces about one kilo of powdered wax per yearly cutting. Workers carefully remove only 20 leaves per tree yearly to ensure the plant is not endangered. Carnauba wax is used in cosmetics, food, automobile wax, dental floss, surfboard wax, etc. If you have ever eaten candy corn, you have eaten carnauba wax. Apply this product to your floors, and you could literally eat off of them.
Protex brand Premium Self-Polishing Wax can be used on all floor surfaces, such as hardwood, cork, linoleum, asphalt, cement, terrazzo, etc. After mopping my old maple floors, I lightly applied the carnauba wax to the dry floors with a mop. After 30 minutes, the floor was safe for traffic and looked beautiful. Water droplets beaded nicely on the surface, and the floor had a beautiful shine. I am so pleased to discover this natural home product.
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