Finish Dries Too Slowly on Quarry, Mexican, or Stone Tile Floor

When finish dries too slowly on quarry tile, Mexican tile, or stone flooring, it can be due to residue being left on the floor, finish being applied too thick, environment being too cold, poor ventilation, or the second coat of finish being applied before the first coat was dry.


Common Causes and Solutions-

 

Cause:
Residue was left on the floor during floor preparation.

Solution:
Using Unitex Melt Down Stripper, strip old finish from floor. Damp mop floor with diluted neutralizer in water. Rinse floor. Allow floor to dry and then reapply finish.

 

Cause:
Finish was applied too thick, which means the surface will dry but the undercoatings may not have or may not have bonded to the floor.

Solution:
Provide good ventilation and allow time for the thick coating to dry.

 

Cause:
Environment was too cold when finish was applied.

Solution:
Increase the temperature of the floor if possible. Turn up heater in room. Do not apply finish to surfaces that are less than 55°F.

 

Cause:
Poor ventilation, which doesn’t allow the solvent or water to evaporate from the coating before it will harden.

Solution:
Improve ventilation in room by opening windows, putting fans in the room (do not aim them on the floor), and/or turning on HVAC fan system.

 

Cause:
Second coat of finish was applied before the first coat was dry.

Solution:
Using Unitex Melt Down Stripper, strip the old finish from the floor. Rinse floor with neutralizer. Make sure floor is dry, and then reapply finish per label directions.