Strip & Wax Floors
To strip & wax floors properly is an art. If either one is done improperly time and money is wasted.
Depending on the installed surface special care needs to be taken to protect them. Over time finishes and grime can build up creating the need to strip & wax floors like VCT (Vinyl Composite Tile) floors in bathrooms, hallways, break rooms, school rooms and food service areas. The stripping process removes soil and waxy buildup so that a new finish can be applied to the original surface. Different solutions and machines can be used so that odor is controlled when removing old finishes.
Too much wax (finish) build-up can be a problem
A Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT) is the flooring surface that is most often stripped and waxed
- Waxing, finishing or polishing are preparation coatings that create the finished appearance. Finishes provide additional protection against soil abrasion and scratching. 2-5 coats may be specified by the manufacturer and/or the end user.
- Spray buffing is a maintenance procedure used to remove daily wear and tear and restore luster to the surface.
- Different wax stripping techniques require different machines.
- If the proper procedures, strippers and finishes are not used, the job may fail, yellow or only look better for a short time.
- Always follow the manufacturers guidelines
- Note: Not all hard surfaces should be covered with finishes.
- Many natural stones, cement, grout or tile may require sealers after restorative cleaning.
- Usually associated with hard surface & grout lines, Sealing a floor provides a coating of protection against moisture, contaminates and stains. It also helps to level the surface, increase adhesion of finishes and improve the appearance of final finishes.
Lets take a look at the differences between Acrylic and Polyurethane Finishes:
- Acrylic is far less durable than Polyurethane.
- Acrylic will wear and yellow after short periods of time.
- Acrylic is less expensive.
- Acrylic requires more interim and restorative maintenance.
- Acrylic requires a chemical stripper to remove ( Water +VOC’s)
- Polyurethane is more durable.
- Polyurethane can last up to 5 years with preventative(dust mop and vacuuming) and scheduled maintenance (low or high speed burnishing).
- The time in between stripping and re-finishing greatly reduces restoration costs and down time in your space.
- Most manufacturers are suggesting this for their products immediately after installation.
- Polyurethane requires mechanical abrasion to remove (No water- No harsh odor)
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