Stripping Hard Flooring Using the Dry Strip Method
Dry stripping is a way of removing old finish from the floor through the use of friction. The powder buildup this creates is then dry vacuumed up. A large supply of stripping pads should be handy for dry stripping. Do not use dry stripping on vinyl asbestos tile due to the possibility of putting asbestos into the air.
- Sweep and dust mop the floor with a treated dust mop.
- Using a putty knife or chewing gum remover, remove gum and sticky substances.
- In a mop wringer and bucket set, prepare a neutralizing rinse solution per label directions.
- Put wet floor signs at perimeter of area to be stripped.
- Attach black floor pads to the bottom of a floor machine and use constant slow circular motions on floor. Overlap areas as you go.
- When pad becomes overloaded or dulled, change it. This will happen often.
- Using a wet/dry vacuum with the dry pickup bag in place, vacuum the area.
- Dust mop area with an untreated dust mop.
- Wet mop area with the neutralizing solution.
Warning: Always test material for colorfastness, follow label directions, and never mix product unless specified in the label directions. Each situation reacts differently and results may vary.