Avoid Common Mistakes when Stripping Commercial Floors

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There are many mistakes people can make when stripping the wax from commercial floors. The last thing anyone wants to do is cause damage to the floors that are intended to be protected by the wax itself.

Below are some of the most common mistakes maintenance crews and individual business owners have made in the past that you don’t have to. Avoiding these mistakes will help keep the floors protected for as long as possible.

Ignoring stripping, buffing, and waxing. Just because the floor was waxed last month doesn’t mean it will go another three months and still protect the floor surface. The wax on the floor will begin to wear down, especially if you have a lot of people walking on it.

If you have a tendency to mop the floor or clean it with a professional floor cleaning piece of equipment, but don’t see any major problem with the surface, that doesn’t mean the wax hasn’t broken down, dirt hasn’t worked through pores in the wax, and other problems are developing. Make sure you strip, wax, and buff the floors on a regular basis. Depending on the size of the commercial facility and the amount of foot and other traffic that goes across the force, it may be more practical to strip the floors biweekly, monthly, or bimonthly.

Using the wrong equipment. Using a floor stripper that is running at incredibly high RPMs, is very old and not running properly, or has other problems could cause damage to the floors. Stripping the floors can sometimes be a delicate process. The last thing you want is to get through the wax and begin damaging the tile surface.

Using corrosive chemicals. Using corrosive chemicals when stripping the floors could potentially cause damage to certain surfaces, including granite, marble, and even linoleum tile. Use chemicals that are safe and effective.

When you avoid some of these common mistakes, your floors will be in better shape for a longer period of time.

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