Home Painting

How to Strip & Wash a Floor

February 3, 2023

Floors are high-maintenance furnishings in your property. Vinyl tiles and stained laminate flooring look great when they are cleaned and a new coat of wax is used. However, there is a time when the wax buildup needs to be removed to restore the ground’s luster. Stripping the wax is completed at least once every year in commercial settings. In your house, you could have the ability to stretch at least two years involving wax stripping, based on the visitors in your property.

Stripping a Floor

Remove furnishings out of the area to be removed. Remove loose dirt, dust and debris from the floor, with a dust mop.

Set up your gear before you begin as flooring stripping uses a lot of gear in quick succession and the flooring cannot dry between steps. Mix floor stripper at a 5-gallon pail according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Place a cotton mop in this pail. Fill the wringer pail with clean water and place a fresh mop inside. Place the buffing machine at the farthest point in the room. Connect hoses into the wet vac. Prepare the room so that you will have the ability to work toward an exit.

Mop a liberal quantity of floor stripper onto the floor to cover a place of about 10 feet by 10 feet. Dip the stripper mop into the 5-gallon pail. Allow it to drip for an instant. Apply the stripper into the floor and permit it to sit for several moments or as recommended by the producer.

Scrub the floor with a black stripping pad attached to the floor-buffing machine. Work in the farthest corner toward the departure. Work the machine at a side-to-side manner, with plenty of overlap.

Vacuum the utilized stripper in the floor, with the wet vac.

Mop the vacuumed section with clear water before it has a chance to dry. If the older stripper dries on the floor, you will have to re-strip this area. Allow the vacuumed area to dry.

Inspect the dried area for missed spots and powdery residue. If shiny segments of missed wax are found, re-strip that department. If a residue is found, re-mop using all the clean water.

Apply three coats of floor finish or wax. Apply floor finish after the floor has dried, with a finish mop. Fill a clean, dry wringer pail with floor finish. Dip a mop in the solution and wring out the excess. Put on the floor end, using a figure-8 pattern. Permit the floor to dry between coats.

Washing a Floor

Remove loose dirt from the floor, with a dust mop.

Fill out a wringer pail using a neutral cleaning option, mixed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A neutral cleaning solution has a pH of 7 which is secure for all floor finishes.

Squeeze a fresh mop in the solution. Wring it out until the mop is damp, but not dripping with water. Swing the mop at a side-to-side, figure-8 pattern. Work in the farthest point from the space to the exit. Dip and wring your mop as necessary.

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