A quick alternative....
For a much quicker, cleaner, and very nearly as good wax job that also uses much less wax, try the following routine
1. Rub wax onto ski, by touching the wax block briefly to your hot iron base to soften it and then quickly rubbing it onto the base, repeatedly. Cover the base with a very thin film of wax.
2. Iron the wax into the base, keeping the iron moving, for a couple minutes.
3. Hold a piece of shop towel, or even regular paper towel, onto the iron's base, and iron one smooth stroke from tip to tail, letting the towel absorb most of the wax. (You can use "fiberlene" if you want to, but really, cheap paper towels work fine.)
4. Let it cool and ski!
The rub-on method will cover the ski base more evenly than dripping wax on, protecting the base from your hot iron, and using much less wax to boot. Once you get the hang of it (tap the iron, rub, tap, rub,...), it will go almost as quickly as dripping, and take less time to iron in. The thinner wax won't drip down your sidewalls, or (almost ever!) onto the floor. The paper towel absorbs most of the excess wax, all but eliminating the need for scraping (or cleaning up the wax shavings).
This is not a "better" wax routine than what you described. In fact, it's not quite as good. You will gain a minute improvement if you scrape and brush after cooling, but unless you are a racer looking for milliseconds, you won't notice the difference. If you've done it right, you'll find that there's very little wax to scrape anyway. Some of the best racers I know use this method for training skis, at least. The paper towel/no scrape method will give you about 95% of the performance of a full scrape--brush--brush again--clean-up job, with about 10% of the work, time, and mess. Give it a quick brush (nylon) if you're a perfectionist, and most people won't be able to tell the difference looking closely, much less skiing on them!
Why do it this way, if it's not quite as good? It's so much quicker and less of an ordeal--especially if you don't have a regular tuning area, as in a hotel room (not that I'd ever do that
) that you'll wax more often. It will save you money by using less wax. And it's certainly better than skiing on unwaxed skis because you didn't feel like going through the whole process.