Floor stripping and waxing is a process commonly used to maintain and restore the shine and durability of hard floors such as vinyl, linoleum or wood. Here is a general outline of the steps involved in stripping and waxing floors:
Gather the supplies you'll need: You'll need a floor stripper, floor mop or broom, vacuum cleaner or broom, floor polish or polish, wax, and floor finish applicators.
Prepare the area: Remove all furniture, carpets or obstructions from the floor. Make sure the floor is free of debris by sweeping or vacuuming thoroughly.
Dilute and Apply Floor Cleaner: Follow the directions for your floor cleaner product and dilute it with water as directed. Apply the solution to the floor using a broom or mop, working in small sections at a time. Let the remover sit for the recommended amount of time, usually 10 to 15 minutes.
Scrub the floor: Agitate the floor surface with a brush or scrubbing machine to loosen old wax and dirt. Pay special attention to high traffic areas or areas with wax buildup. Work in small sections and keep the floor wet with the stripping solution.
Remove Old Wax: Use a vacuum or mop to remove dissolved wax and paint stripper solution from the floor. Be sure to rinse well and remove any residue, as any ink or wax residue can affect the adhesion of the new wax.
Rinse the floor: Once the old wax is removed, rinse the floor with clean water to remove any residue left by the stripper. This step is essential to guarantee a clean surface for the application of the wax.
Let the floor dry: Let the floor dry completely before applying the new wax. Ensure good ventilation during the drying process.
Apply Wax: Pour a small amount of wax on the floor and spread it evenly with a clean mop or applicator. Work in small sections to ensure even coverage. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the specific wax product you are using.
Allow wax to dry: Allow sufficient time for the wax to dry and cure according to the manufacturer's instructions. This usually takes several hours or overnight.
Buff or buff the floor – After the wax has dried, a floor pad or buff can be used to achieve a high shine. This step is optional, but can improve the appearance and durability of your wax finish.
Always remember to read and follow the instructions provided by the product manufacturers to get the best results and ensure your safety. In addition, it is recommended that you seek professional assistance or guidance if you are unsure of the process or have little experience stripping and waxing floors.