Base Board Cleaning

1. Assemble all equipment, chemicals and custodial hardware prior to beginning procedures. Read safety instructions on MSDS and chemical product labels, and comply as directed.
2. Move all moveable objects from area(s) to be cleaned.
3. Dust mop or sweep baseboards to remove loose soil. Use scrapper to remove gum, etc. Dispose of litter.
4. Place Wet Floor Signs at access area(s) to foot traffic.
5. Mix ‘Stripper’ with warm water in a clean bucket with wringer at predetermined dilution from pre-test.
6. Pre-test ‘Stripper’ on baseboards in an inconspicuous place to ensure that it does not harm or make the baseboards bleed their color.
7. Apply solution to baseboards and 6″ of adjacent floor area(s) using trigger sprayer or other suitable applicator. As an alternate, immerse cloths in stripping solution and lay cloths against baseboards and adjacent floor area(s). Keep cloths moist by spraying as required with additional solution from suitable sprayer.
8. Allow sufficient dwell time, 3 to 5 minutes, to emulsify build up and than abrade base boards and floor with coarse Doodle Bug pad, an abrasive edging brush, or #3 or #4 steel wool pads. These pads fit tighter into the cove base and cut the finish better.
9. Pick up stripping solution with a clean, dedicated, stripper mop or wipe clean with absorbent cloths.
10. Fill clean bucket with wringer with clean cold rinse water.
11. Damp mop rinse baseboards and adjacent floor area(s) with a clean, dedicated, rinse mop.
Note: To determine the proper dilution required to strip baseboards, pre-mix ‘Stripper’ at 1:8 (16 oz / 128 ml) and 1:4 (32 oz / 256 ml) using container cap for measuring (e.g. One capful of ‘Stripper’ to 8 capfuls of water). Apply the two dilutions to baseboard with suitable applicator, allow 3 to 5 minutes contact time and abrade with coarse Doodle Bug pad, or #3 or #4 steel wool pad. Wipe solutions from baseboards and examine. If floor finish/seal has been successfully stripped, increase dilutions and re-test new areas. Once the proper dilution has been established, proceed using proper dilutions
12. Assemble all equipment, chemicals and custodial hardware prior to beginning procedures. Read safety instructions on MSDS and chemical products labels and comply as directed.
13. Move all moveable objects from area(s) to be cleaned.
14. Dust mop or sweep baseboards to remove loose soil. Use scrapper to remove gum, etc. Dispose of litter.
15. Place Wet Floor Signs at access area(s) to foot traffic.
16. Mix ‘Stripper’ with warm water in a clean bucket with wringer at predetermined dilution from pre-test.
17. Pre-test ‘Stripper’ on baseboards in an inconspicuous place to ensure that it does not harm or make the baseboards bleed their color.
18. Apply solution to baseboards and 6″ of adjacent floor area(s) using trigger sprayer or other suitable applicator. As an alternate, immerse cloths in stripping solution and lay cloths against baseboards and adjacent floor area(s). Keep cloths moist by spraying as required with additional solution from suitable sprayer.
19. Allow sufficient dwell time, 3 to 5 minutes, to emulsify build up and than abrade base boards and floor with coarse Doodle Bug pad, an abrasive edging brush, or #3 or #4 steel wool pads. These pads fit tighter into the cove base and cut the finish better.
20. Pick up stripping solution with a clean, dedicated, stripper mop or wipe clean with absorbent cloths.
21. Fill clean bucket with wringer with clean cold rinse water.
22. Damp mop rinse baseboards and adjacent floor area(s) with a clean, dedicated, rinse mop.

Alternate Procedure Options
Note: To determine the proper dilution required to strip baseboards, pre-mix ‘Stripper’ at 1:8 (16 oz / 128 ml) and 1:4 (32 oz / 256 ml) using container cap for measuring (e.g. One capful of ‘Stripper’ to 8 capfuls of water). Apply the two dilutions to baseboard with suitable applicator, allow 3 to 5 minutes contact time and abrade with coarse Doodlebug pad, or #3 or #4 steel wool pad. Wipe solutions from baseboards and examine. If floor finish/seal has been successfully stripped, increase dilutions and re-test new areas. Once the proper dilution has been established, proceed using proper dilutions.

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