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traditional recipe for sealing a tiled floor

Postby Pauline Pearce » Mon Sep 13, 2004 8:49 am

You advocate heating beeswax and boiled linseed oil and applying to an old brick floor laid on earth but there is no indication of what proportions of each should be used in the recipe. Would you provide this information please?
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Postby Simon TL » Mon Sep 13, 2004 9:44 am

Pauline

Doing some more reading on this (we will be adjusting our pages shortly)...

For brick flooring, the best advice now seems to be to use a polish made from 3:8 beeswax and turpentine (no oil). Gentle heating in a double bolier will help to dissolve the wax so it can pentrate rather than sit on the surface. Do not saturate the bricks - you don't want to seal them totally, and too much polish will collect dirt and may become slippery. Subsequent coats can be applied annually.

The same recipe can be used on tiled and wood floors.

Linseed oil can be included in polish for wood, but should not be used on floors or for other materials, although some specialists recommend it rather than beeswax for earth floors.

Hope this helps!
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Postby J-Didi » Wed Mar 21, 2007 1:43 am

Hi, I'm new to this forum and I was wondering if there are any photos of the wax on brick floors. I have a large area of brick flooring that I need to seal/finish. The bricks are laid on a recessed slab on grade so moisture is not an issue. This is typical in our locale (Louisiana, USA).

However, sealing the bricks (to pevent stains) with urethane is also a common practice that i'm not very fond of. I was looking for a recipe using beeswax. Many of our older homes with brick floors were sealed this way.

Any photos/advice would be appreciated.
Thanks,
JW
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