Non-Mechanical Stripping

1. Assemble all chemicals and custodial hardware prior to beginning procedures. Read safety instructions on MSDS’s and chemical product labels and comply as directed.
2. Place Wet Floor Signs and a 3′ by 5′ absorbent mat to serve as a placement mat for the materials and equipment at access area(s) to foot traffic.
3. Move all moveable objects from area(s) to be stripped.
4. Dust mop floor with a synthetic, untreated dust mop to remove loose soil. Use scraper to remove gum, etc. dispose of litter.
5. Pre-clean base boards if necessary.
6. Mix ‘Stripper’ with cold water in a clean bucket with wringer at pre-determined dilution from pre-test.
7. Apply stripping solution liberally to manageable area of floor with dedicated stripper mop. Do not allow dry back. Re-wet floor if stripping solution begins to dry before final pick up procedure.
8. Allow stripping solution 5 to 10 minutes dwell time. Agitate solution with mop while stripping solution is working.
9. Pick up stripping solution with a wet pick up vacuum.
10. Check floor area(s) for any remaining un-stripped floor finish. Look carefully along edges, in corners or in dips and valleys. Repeat procedures as and if necessary.
11. Mix ‘Neutralizer’ with cold water diluted at 1:128 (1 oz per gallon, 8 ml per liter) in a clean bucket with wringer. When excessive amounts of ‘Stripper’ are 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.
12. Apply neutralizer solution liberally to floor with a clean, dedicated, neutralizer mop.
13. Pick up neutralizer solution with a wet pick up vacuum.
14. Fill clean bucket with wringer with clean cold rinse water
15. Damp mop rinse floor with clean, dedicated, rinse water.
16. Change water in buckets frequently. Do not rinse floor with dirty solutions.
17. 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, neutralizer and clear water rinse again and re-test to ensure the floor is at the desired pH. If the pH is too low, rinse the floor with ‘Cleaner & Conditioner’ at 1:128 (1oz per gal / 8ml per litre) and then clear water rinse again.

Alternate Procedure Options
Note: To determine the proper dilution required to non-mechanically strip an area, pre-mix ‘Stripper’ at two dilutions. As an example: 1:4 for regular stripping and 1:2 for heavy duty stripping. Use container cap for ease in measuring (e.g. One capful of ‘Stripper’ to 4 capfuls of water). Pour two dilutions on floor in area that represents the toughest stripping required. Allow 5 to 10 minutes contact time. Remove solution from test area (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 successfully established dilution.

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