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Floor Below Wax Bench Gets Slippery

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I work at a bench in my basement with a concrete floor. Problem is that some of the wax shavings drift down and get ground into the concrete by my shoes (or by the old-tire mats that I put down a couple years ago) as I'm scraping, before I can vacuum them up. Over the years this has made the area where I stand extremely slippery. It's slippery even to the extent that I think it's a little dangerous - not primarily for me when I'm standing there, but for people walking through the area on some other mission. . Anyone else experienced this issue, and have a solution to propose? Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 9
 Yes....I have an actual HEAD factory tuning anti fatigue mat...the wax doesn't stick on it, so I sweep and its all good n' clean.   But what several others here have done is use a rug remnant or cheap rug, most of the wax shakes off and or it can be vacuumed, and after a few years it gets too clogged up toss it and replace....but it wont be slippery even when saturated.
post #3 of 9
hair dryer or wax iron, fiberlene and a scraper??  Heat, lay out the fibrelene to soak it up and scrape the remains?? 

or more practically, what about a good dose of wax solvent (base cleaner comes to mind) and some elbow grease??

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I work at a bench in my basement with a concrete floor. Problem is that some of the wax shavings drift down and get ground into the concrete by my shoes (or by the old-tire mats that I put down a couple years ago) as I'm scraping, before I can vacuum them up. Over the years this has made the area where I stand extremely slippery. It's slippery even to the extent that I think it's a little dangerous - not primarily for me when I'm standing there, but for people walking through the area on some other mission. . Anyone else experienced this issue, and have a solution to propose? Thanks in advance.
 
post #4 of 9
Use less wax and vacuum more often. Put a trash container at the end and work on scraping as much wax as possible to the ends and into the container. Some put a 'gutter' on their bench edge to catch the shavings.

Following is a video on 'efficient waxing' that lets little to hit the floor. Scraping and wax solvent can remove it from concrete. How about a running mat that is moved when waxing and laid down for foot traffic?


Edited by Alpinord - 4/11/10 at 9:29am
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the responses. Yes, obviously I'm going to try the "elbow grease" approach for remediation, but I was really looking for preventive measures going forward. I already have the trash can at the end of the bench to collect a fair bit of the scrapings but it doesn't have a big mouth and some stuff drifts off to the sides. I don't really use a ton of wax to start with - I crayon on and then sometimes drip on a small bit just to supplement - but I'm definitely going to revisit the Fiberlene trick to see if that helps. I also like the idea of a bigger mat that intentionally traps shavings. Will have to try that AFTER the elbow grease application, as right now the floor is too slippery for any kind of mat to stay put ;).
post #6 of 9
how bout a perferated mat like they use to prevent slipping at fast food joints, the wax would fall into the holes and you could pick it up and sweep or vacume it away once too much wax accumulates. If you could find a metal grate i think it would work the best but might be a little pricey and wouldnt sit well on a floor that isnt level.
post #7 of 9
A cheap way I address this problem is in the Fall look for a large cardboard box at work, grocery store, etc (about 4x6 ft or bigger) and put it under my bench at the beginning of tuning season.  Absorbs the dripped wax and shavings.  Then I throw it out at the end of the season.
post #8 of 9
My solution is to take a strip of luan plywood board about 6 inches wide and as long as my bench and attach a strip of 3/4" x 1 1/2" pine on one side. I cut slots about 2 1/2" deep and just as wide as the vise clamps in the luan where it needs to pass by my three vise clamps on the bench. Finally, I take more luan strips to form a bridge over the slots I cut to hold the shelf to the bench.

This is wide enough for all my skis and catches both dripped wax and scraped wax well. My bench isn't quite long enough for my 215s or 223s, but I can deal with that.

I made it detachable but it need not be. I thought I'd want to remove it occasionally but with a shop vac, that's unnecessary.

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 Yes, obviously I'm going to try the "elbow grease" approach for remediation,

Bah.    Pedro's Oranj Peelz'll  take that clean off.
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