If you want the floor of your shop to shine, you may occasionally want to strip off the existing wax, clean the floor and apply a new layer of mix. Stripping a floor can be time consuming and challenging, but with the right tips, you can handle it. Here are some essential tips to help:
1. Make sure you use the right type of stripper
When choosing a stripping product for your floor, make sure that you choose a product that works with the type of floor you have. For example, a stripper that works on a stone floor may not be appropriate for vinyl. In addition to the main stripping solution, also buy a can of spray for your baseboards.
2. Use tape to protect other flooring
So your solution doesn't run into other areas, place tape on those areas. For example, run a strip of tape over doorways leading to offices or areas with other types of flooring. If you like, you may also use rolled up towels to prevent the migration of the stripper.
3. Remember to let the stripper dwell.
Once you have mixed the stripper with the water, liberally apply it the floor with a mop. Then, let it dwell on the floor. The longer you let it dwell, the more effectively it will penetrate the wax on the floor.
4. Hire a floor machine and wear non-slip shoes.
You can get on your hands or knees and scrub off the stripper with a sponge, but if you want to ensure the floor is cleaned as effectively as possible, you should hire a floor cleaning machine. These machines feature rotating pads on the bottom that scrub the floor as you move the machine along. As you walk behind the machine on the wet floor, the risk of slipping is pretty high. To help keep yourself upright, wear non-slip shoes.
5. Strip while your business is closed.
Because of the slipping danger that can occur, you should strip your floors when your business is closed and you don't have customers or employees milling about. If that is not possible, make sure that you place safety cones and warning signs around the area where you are working. No one should work on this area until you are done using the machine and you have removed the rest of the water with a shop vac or a power squeegee.
If you want more tips on stripping your floors or if you'd like to hire a professional to handle it for you, contact a commercial cleaning company.