Stripping floors is a necessary task that many Facility Maintenance Professionals don’t look forward to completing. Whether it’s the smell, the heat, the humidity, or lack of tools- Stripping Floors is one chore that would gladly be skipped- and we don’t blame you!
There may be things you are doing wrong that you don’t even know about! How great would it be to fix just one or two small things and create a more pleasant and efficient experience for your staff.
Can you use any of this information to help make stripping your floor easier and more efficient?
Here is the list that they sent out:
1. Lack of preparation
A lack of preparation can lead to delays and mistakes. One common example of under preparation is to not take the time to know what type of floor is being worked on and the procedures necessary for that floor. The tools used for one flooring type don’t always work with another. For example, chemicals appropriate for a VCT floor may not be suitable for stone flooring. Also, it’s very important to be prepared by having all the necessary tools and equipment ready before starting the job. Commonly forgotten items include:
- All necessary buckets for stripping, neutralizing, and waxing
- Anti-slip shoes
- Scrapers and extra blades
- Caution signs and caution tape
- Extension cords
- Trash bags
- First aid kit
2. Working on too large of an area at one time
Rather than working on a large flooring area right from the beginning of the job, it’s important to manage smaller parts of the floor at a time. Otherwise, the floor could dry in some places while another area is still being worked on.
3. Not diluting the stripper with cold water
Most floor strippers on the market need to be diluted with water. Skipping this step, or doing it incorrectly, can cause big problems. For example, hot water can cause the active ingredients in the stripper to evaporate before it has done its job.
4. Not using the correct amounts of finish
Not using enough finish will streak the floor, making it necessary to recoat it. Using too much finish will also cause streaking, creating the need for extra buffing and further coats.
5. Not using a clean mop
Dirty mops will discolor and streak the floor’s finish. This is a big problem that can only be resolved by re-stripping the floor to remove the streaking.
6. Not letting the coats dry enough
Not allowing the coats to completely dry before applying more coats is another mistake that causes significant streaking. This will make it necessary to dry buff the surface using a polish pad, followed by a recoat. To prevent this problem, finish should be dried for around 30 minutes between coats. Dryness can be tested by applying tape over a small area, and checking to see if the finish comes off when the tape is pulled away.
Source: Insightful Selling, Adon Rigg, July 2014
Now put this list to work! We can help you get the tools, training and information you need to strip your floors in the most efficient way possible. Our Janitorial experts will work on site with you to ensure a smooth transition from your old processes to your new one!