Without a doubt, floors endure more hard use and tough treatment than any other part of a home or commercial space. Whether it’s kids stomping around, pets jumping and playing, or continual lines of customers and employees going about their day, floors have every right to start showing a bit of wear and tear after enough time has passed. Professional flooring and Tampa commercial cleaning companies know how to reduce the wear and tear to ensure floors stay beautiful for as long as possible, but eventually all commercial floors need to be stripped and rejuvenated.
The Basics: What Is Floor Stripping?
When a floor is stripped, all of the wax finish applied in the past is removed. While floor finish certainly serves important purposes, it doesn’t last forever. Any old finish needs to be removed from the floor so the surface can be refinished.
How is Floor Strupping Accomplished?
There are a few methods that any professional company might use to strip floors in need of a facelift. It can be a labor intensive job because there is so much wax, soil, and debris to remove before the floors can be refinished.
In most cases, a stripping liquid containing alkaline and other components is applied to the floor to break up the wax. A buffing machine is then used to further break up the top layer of wax so it can be removed. To do such a tough job, stripping agents are often potent and shouldn’t be inhaled purposefully, so most commercial floor stripping Tampa jobs should occur at night or over the weekend when other people are not in the building.
After the floor is cleared of all old wax, it should be rinsed and dried to neutralize the stripping agents and prepare for a fresh new coat of wax finish.