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Properly maintaining floors is all about minimizing, rather than relying on, the stripping process.  Traditional methods of removing floor wax involve spreading toxic stripping chemicals across the floor, agitating to heat the mix and break down the wax, wet vacuuming and then mopping up the resulting slurry, and then comes the kicker – in the end, the slurry usually finds its way into the building’s plumbing (via the toilet).

The traditional method is referred to most aptly by floor technicians as “slurry stripping”.  Most serious injuries during the refinishing process are of the slip-and-fall variety.  Imagine walking across a melting ice skating rink without skates and you’ll have a pretty good mental image of what it’s like to walk on a slurry-covered floor.

Two good questions to ask yourself at this point are:  Does your flooring company carry Workers Comp insurance?  Is the technician a bona-fide W2 employees, or has the company classified them as an independent contractor to save a few bucks?  Even if you don’t think the answers to those questions matter, an uninsured or underinsured worker hurt while working in your facility can cause you to rethink your understanding of workplace liabilities.

Let me introduce you to the “dry stripping” method, along with a short list of significant reasons it is superior to slurry stripping.

  • Elimination of slips and falls due to slippery floors
  • Need for multiple pieces of equipment eliminated
  • Difficult and time-consuming end-of-job cleanup reduced
  • Cleaning of baseboards no longer required
  • Traditional slurry stripping air quality impacts abolished
  • Water usage reduced
  • Amount of electricity required significantly reduced
  • Amount of necessary floor finish reduced

According to studies, dry stripping saves an estimated .88 gallons of water per square foot.  Aside from the reduction of water, the reduction of electricity, and the reduction of airborne contaminants, dry stripping eliminates the pouring the slurried finish and stripper solution down the drain and into the environment.

We have discovered that the dry stripping method does an extraordinarily good job of preparing the floor and the first wax coating has a much higher gloss than with the slurry method.  This is because dry stripping does not unnecessarily remove the base coat of finish—the one filling the tiny pores in the surface of the floor tile.  This also reduces the time it takes for the finish to dry and set, which improves your indoor air quality.

Dry stripping with oscillating technology is the most revolutionary process to ever be introduced to floor care and will positively transform your hard surface floor care program.  The green advantage is enormous, and this method is the ultimate environmentally-friendly floor care approach.

Finally, the recoated floor will be shinier than any other method you have ever used.

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