Floor Maintenance, Stripping, and Waxing
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Floor Maintenance, Stripping and Waxing

January 30th, 2013   •   No Comments   

Our crews at Austin Professional Cleaning Services  (APCS) have many years of experience with Floor Maintenance, Stripping, and Waxing VCT floors.  This article will provide you with tips on how to keep your business, office, or facility looking clean and your floors almost like new!

 The concept is fairly simple, but the procedure itself can be complex and tiresome. We suggest you hire an All Maintenance Janitorial Company that has at least 3 years of experience in floor-care services.  However, if you choose to tackle the project yourself, read below our step by step procedures.

  1. Prepare the work area. Purchase all the supplies necessary to do the job, and tape-off the area to keep people away while the work is being done. While stripping, the floors are extremely slippery and when adding the wax, no foot traffic is allowed.  Prepare yourself. It is a good idea to wear gloves, work clothes, eye protection, and non-slip boots.
  1. Follow directions. Prepare the stripping solution of your choice by following the directions on the label of the container. Be sure to pay careful attention to the dilution instructions to prevent the chemicals from being too strong and thus posing risks to the workers and the floor surface. This will make your work and your expenses go up. Application of the stripping solution. Apply the solution to the floor, and allow it to sit for five minutes. This is the time required for the chemicals to begin removing the existing wax. Scrub the surface to remove the old wax. You will need an auto scrubber or low speed buffer. Be very careful around corners and sides of the walls, and inspect the area carefully to ensure that all of the sealant is removed.
  1. Clean & Mop. The area has to be clean; by this you are removing any scattered remains as well as stuck-on old wax. You will need to pick up all the water with stripper and residue with a shop-vacuum and a floor squeegee. Then, mop the floors at a minimum of 2 times to remove the chemicals that may be left on the floor. Prior to adding the wax, the floor should be PH balanced.
  1. Apply the new wax. Allow the area to dry completely; this may take up to 30 minutes or more depending on the size of the area as well as the indoor climate. Important: Take the indoor climate into consideration.  We recommend having the a/c on at a temperature of 65 degrees.  Apply the wax sealer by dipping the mop into the wax and applying it with figure eight-circular motion. Do not pour the bucket of wax onto the floor as the wax is meant to be applied with an even coat and a thin layer.  Wait. You should wait until each coat of wax dries completely before applying the next coat; this should take between 30 minutes to an hour between coats.  Be sure that no one steps on the final coat before it is dry to prevent floor streaks or floor impressions.
  1. Rinse all equipment that came into contact with the stripping solution or wax sealant after the job is done.

The appearance of your business facility say a lot about your company and it can affect the first impression of your customers. Stripping and waxing a floor surface is a job for professionals.  If you are considering doing it yourself, weigh the costs of renting the equipment and purchasing the right stripping solution and wax, not to mention the manual labor involved as well as the risk of ruining your floor. Although regular waxing and stripping can be expensive, it can also make the difference between a polished and professional appearance and an unappealing, grimy-looking environment that no one wants to step foot in. You’ll be surprised at how a good waxing and stripping job can transform the appearance of your building! If you make the wise choice of contracting the job out, be sure to hire a company with a proven track record of success and good customer service.


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