wax/ propolis : removing it from cement floors
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    Default wax/ propolis : removing it from cement floors

    Is there a good way to get wax/propolis off cement floors
    Thanks, Charlie

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    Depends on the texture. If it's smooth try a putty knife. If it's rough try a plumbers torch and burn it off.
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    Default Re: wax/ propolis : removing it from cement floors

    Mineral Spirits. Brush it in, vacuum it out with shop vac or wipe up with rag.

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    Outside I power wash it.

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    Oakite floor cleaner and a power floor scrubber. Oakite is the only soap that we found to clean the propolis.

    Crazy Roland

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    Everyday scrape down with an ice scraper

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    Default Re: wax/ propolis : removing it from cement floors

    Quote Originally Posted by Roland View Post
    Oakite floor cleaner and a power floor scrubber. Oakite is the only soap that we found to clean the propolis.

    Crazy Roland
    Good tip,I'll have to check it out. 190 proof grain alcohol will dissolve propolis. Works great for feeder screens, etc. Maybe a little pricey for a large floor area!

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    I am showing my age. I can not find the product online. The clues are that it is an alkaline brownish powder, most likely used in the food and dairy industry. The fiber drum is almost empty and the label long gone. It was most likely purchased new in the late 70's.

    Crazy Roland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland View Post
    I can not find the product online.

    Crazy Roland

    Here's a list of some Oakite cleaners. Which one are you using?

    https://www.chemetallna.com/products...eralMaint.aspx
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    Default Re: wax/ propolis : removing it from cement floors

    Have found that bleach and hot water will looses up and remove propolis. (sorta) Suspect oxyclean with hot water might lift propolis off of things.


    The thing about cleansers and things you clean is to remember that likes dissolve likes. Meaning non-polar molecules will mix with other non-polars. Polar molecules mix with other polars. In general soaps have properties of both polar and non-polar molecules because they're big. Alcohol is another solvent that has properties of both polar and non-polar so maybe try that.


    If I had to guess what shape a propolis molecule is I'd guess non-polar. This means water won't work.

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    Default Re: wax/ propolis : removing it from cement floors

    Our food inspector would shut us down if we used something that was not approved by them. We use Ian's method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgl1948 View Post
    Our food inspector would shut us down if we used something that was not approved by them. We use Ian's method.
    good old elbow grease and daily maintenance

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    I have 55 gallon drum I push around and it scraps the floor. Do it each day before wash down and the floor is DONE.

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    Oakite ABC seems to line up best, but that is just a guess. More research by me needed.

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    I’ve used an electric heat gun and a crawler used to work under vehicles. I’ve laid on the crawler and just worked my way around. It’s darn slow; which is why I looked up this thread to begin with. I liked the idea of mineral spirits, but I’m not sure that would be exceptable to our inspector. I’m also not sure what it would do to our concrete sealer. Sounds like the best method is to scrape it off and crawl around on the floor with the heat gun as an end of season project. It’s such a waste of time. I can’t even hire kid to do it.

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