From Strip to Finish

From Strip to Finish

From strip to finish

Do you feel how nice it is outside?!! Milder weather can mean only one thing in our industry—floor stripping and finishing season is upon us, friends!

If you are looking for information on the basics of floor stripping and finishing, I hope this post will help you.  I am including step by step instructions and procedural charts to outline  what you will need to complete these facility maintenance tasks. This will be particularly helpful for training or supplemental educational purposes. As always, if you have any questions at all, please email me at Katie@pennvalley.com and I will be happy to help you.

Steps to Floor Stripping:  

  1. Prepare the area for floor stripping by dry mopping the floor to pick up debris, taping off doorways and edges and putting out wet floor signs to warn others of your project.
  2. Put on protective wear to keep your eyes and skin safe.
  3. Mix the stripping solution with cool water at the proper ratio.
  4. Spray the baseboards with stripper and scrub clean with a pad and then rinse.
  5. When needed, scrub the edges and corners of your floor with Doodlebug pads to remove floor stripper.
  6. Apply stripping solution liberally to the floor and let it dwell for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Scrub the floor with black or hi-pro pads on your floor machine. Make sure the pads you are using are clean and flip or change as needed.
  8. Use a wet/dry vacuum to clean up the leftover stripping solution.
  9. Using a wet mop and clean water, mop up the floor. Change the water frequently to ensure you are not spreading left over stripping chemical around the floor.

Here is a procedural chart that you can print and hang in your janitors’ closets or hand out to your employees for reference: Floor Maintenance Procedures- Floor Stripping

Steps to Floor Finishing:

  1. Prepare the area for floor finishing and properly mark entrance ways with wet floor signs so nobody slips on the floor or walks through your work zone.
  2. Put on protective wear to keep your eyes and skin safe.
  3. Rinse your finish mop in cool, clean water.
  4. Line your bucket with a trash liner to protect the floor finish from whatever chemical residue may be in your bucket from previous projects. Pour your floor finish in the bucket.
  5. Once you have finish in your mop, wring out the bottom half of your mop until it stops dripping.
  6. Outline the area you are finishing. Fill the outlined area with finish from your mop, making figure-8s.
  7. Flip your mop as needed to get as much finish as possible from your mop.
  8. After 10 minutes, you may use a fan to help speed up the drying process. Make sure the fan is set up to blow above the finish and not directly on your drying finish.
  9. When the floor is dry to the touch, you may apply your second coat of finish. This may take 30-45 minutes or more, depending on the weather, humidity, ventilation and product involved.

Here is a procedural chart that you can print and hang in your janitors’ closets or hand out to your employees for reference: Floor Maintenance Procedures- Floor Finishing

 

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