Floor Stripping Procedure

1. Mix ‘Stripper’ with cold water in a clean bucket with wringer or auto scrubber solution tank at pre-determined dilution from pre-test.
2. Apply stripping solution liberally to a manageable area of floor with a dedicated stripper mop. Floor will not be as slippery as a conventional stripper will. Do not allow to dry back. Re-wet floor if stripping solution begins to dry before final pick up procedure.
3. Allow stripping solution 3 to 5 minutes dwell time. If using auto scrubber, fit with black super strip pads, turn solution on full flow, low pads full force, pads on, squeegee up, vacuum motor off. Move machine at slow speed. Use a dedicated stripper mop to apply ‘Stripper’ solution in all areas in accessible to auto scrubber. It is recommended to then return to the starting point and double scrub entire floor in its manner with the auto scrubber.
4. Double or triple scrub floor with 175-RPM rotary floor machine and abrasive pad (recommend a hi-productivity or super -stripping pad). If using auto scrubber, this function has already been completed. Squeeze solution away from edges and corners using a 14″ or 16″ floor squeegee with a 54″ or 60″ handle.
5. Pick up a stripping solution with a wet pick up vacuum or, if using an auto scrubber, re-scrub as many times as is necessary to completely remove film and pick up solution on last pass.
6. Check floor area(s) for missed build-up of finish. Look carefully along edges, in corners or in dips and valleys. Repeat procedures as and if necessary.
7. Mix ‘Neutralizer’ Neutralizer/Conditioner with cold water diluted at 1:128 (1 oz per gal / 8 ml per litre) in clean bucket with wringer or in clean auto scrubber solution tank. Rinse out stripping solution from stripping pads and re-install on auto scrubber. When excessive amounts of ‘Stripper’ were required to accomplish the desired results, if the stripping procedure is repeated or for any other reason more than the normal amount of ‘Stripper’ is used, this will increase the pH of the floor. Adjust the amount of ‘Neutralizer’ used accordingly.
8. Apply ‘Neutralizer’ solution liberally to floor with a clean dedicated neutralizer rinse mop or scrub using the auto scrubber.
9. Pick up neutralizer rinse water with wet pickup vacuum or with the auto scrubber.
10. Fill clean bucket and wringer with clean water or if using an auto scrubber, fill solution tank with clean water.
11. Damp mop rinse floor with clean dedicated rinse mop and clean water. If using auto scrubber, scrub and pick up solution with auto scrubber on first pass.
12. Change water in buckets frequently. Do not rinse floor with dirty solution.Check pH of floor and proceed with seal/finish application if floor test neutral. If acidic or alkaline, adjust pH accordingly before applying seal/ finish. If the pH is too high, neutralize and clear water rinse again and re-test to ensure the floor is at the same desired pH. If the pH is too low, rinse the floor.

Alternate Procedure Options
Note: To determine the proper dilution required to strip an area, pre-mix ‘Stripper’ at two label directions. As an example 1:8 (16 oz/128 ml) for regular stripping and 1:4 (32 oz/256 ml) for heavy duty stripping. Use container cap for ease in measuring (e.g. on e capful of ‘Stripper’ to 8 capfuls of water). Pour two dilutions on the floor in an area with the punch out of the stripping pad you will be using. Remove solution from test area(s) (a 14″ or 16″ window squeegee will accomplish this task quickly and easily) and examine floor. If floor finish has been successfully stripped, use the successful dilution established. If floor finish has not been completely stripped, increase dilutions and re-test new areas. Once the proper dilution has been established, proceed using proper dilution.

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