-fast acting polish & sealant remover from many floor surfaces
-no neutralisation required after stripping, work done faster
-removes with ease up to 4 coats of water based polish/sealant
-highly active cleaning product also suitable for tile & grout cleaning
-one of the most affordable floor strippers out there
Evans Easy Strip Floor Stripper – How to use
All floor strippers should be diluted before use. By using undiluted floor stripper on a sealed floor you run the risk of staining the floor surface. Add 1 part Easy Strip Floor Stripper to 10 parts hot water and mop the floor like you wash the floor. Wet the floor generously and do not dry the excess. Allow 3 to 5 minutes to work and start agitating the floor with either a low speed floor buffer and a green/black floor pad or a semi hard brush. Extract all the moisture with a wet vac ideally or a mop. Easy Strip Floor Striper doesn’t require neutralisation after stripping so the next operation is polishing.
Evans Easy Strip Floor Stripper – Where to use
This high quality floor stripper is at its best on vinyl floors, lino floors, amtico floors, marmoleum floors, sealed marble floors, sealed travertine floors, sealed ceramic floors and sealed wood floors. In other words, you can use Easy Strip Floor Stripper to strip any type of floor. When stripping wood floors try not to over soak the floor to avoid wood expansion. The same application technique applies on all types of floors so no special training is required. Never allow Easy Strip Floor Stripper to dry on the floor.
Evans Easy Strip Floor Stripper – Floor cleaner
Most floor strippers are also floor cleaners. Easy Strip Floor Stripper can be used with success for tile and grout cleaning but only on unsealed floor tiles. Do not use on sealed tiles or any other polished surfaces to avoid damaging the finish. Mix Easy Strip Floor Stripper with hot water, wet the floor, let it work for 5 minutes, scrub the grout with a hard brush and remove the waste. Job done and the grout will look like new.
Evans Easy Strip Floor Stripper – Dilution
The dilution ratio will depend on the type of stripping you plan to do. Easy Strip Floor Stripper can remove around 4 coats of polish at once but it all depends on how thick the floor polish was applied, the type of floor polish and how old it is. The standard dilution ratio is 1 to 10. If that doesn’t work fast you should try 1 to 5. Allow time to work and if there is a lot of polish on the floor repeat the floor stripping until the floor is polish free. Many people use floor polish as a cleaner and over years they will build up a very thick coat of polish over the existing floor. To remove it in full it will take time. Tip: use hot water in dilution to double the stripper power.
Evans Easy Strip Floor Stripper – Safety
Easy Strip Floor Stripper is a highly active product that needs to be treated with care and protective equipment should be worn. It burns your skin, it can blind you and it can intoxicate you. Only work in a well ventilated area and be well informed before you start. Do not mix Easy Strip FloorStripper with any other active cleaning product and store it safely away from children.
Evans Easy Strip Floor Stripper – Recommendation
You are just about to start using one of the most powerful floor strippers. Dispose of all the mops heads after you are done with the stripping to avoid using it on polished surfaces later on by accident. Clean the bottom of the stripper bottle to avoid drips. Wash all the equipment and seal the bottles. Easy Strip Floor Stripper can be used on all types of floors ONLY IF the floors were sealed with a polish or sealant.
Evans Easy Strip Floor Stripper – professional floor stripper that requires no neutralisation
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A Look At Floor Strippers
Getting your floor waxed or finished will protect it and make it glossy. It will be free from stains and scratches. But it won't remain this way for long. Over time, the protective and attractive layers will become dirty and wear down. You must have noticed how waxed floors start to change colours after a few months. Usually they become yellow. The darker the yellow, the more necessary you are in need of a change. The rate at which this happens depends on how much human traffic there is on the floor. In addition, grime, UV rays, cleaning products, temperature changes and moisture will slowly eat away at the floor wax of your premises. That's where a floor stripper comes in. It helps you get rid of the old, and prepare for the new. A floor stripper will work quickly to remove the wax and polish build-ups on your floor. The more powerful the stripper is, the faster you can get the procedure over and done with. It will remove polish coats that have been repeatedly burnished and hardened using high-speed floor machines.
First impressions count. The appearance of your floor can be taken as a reflection of how you live. It may even determine if you get a second date. For businesses, you don't want to lose out on a lucrative contract, or bid, because the one offering it paid you a visit and didn't like your floor. The stripper serves as a polish remover, and enables you to get rid of heavy build-up of old oxidised wax, polymer, acrylic, metal inter-lock and other floor polishes. Floor maintenance is an investment and a source of pride.
Floor strippers- Then and Now
We've come a long way when it comes to stripping floors. During the 50's and 60's, most strippers were ammonia based, and were very labour intensive. Ammonia was popular as it has the ability to unlock the zinc cross-linking bond that’s found in metal interlocked floor finishes. The strippers were nasty. You would slosh the fluid on the floor, and the ammonia would be so strong that it would chase you out of the room to get some fresh air. Then you'd have to dash back in and started scrubbing it. You'd still have to spend hours going over the floor with your floor machine. Sometimes a single task took 3-4 do-overs. Today, thanks to innovations in technology, the chemicals to the work for you. One very welcome change that was applauded by cleaning professionals and building occupants alike was the elimination of the strong odour that has long been characteristic of floor strippers.
These products come in ready-to-use or concentrate formulas. They are premixed in exacting proportions during manufacturing. There are concentrate products that come with instructions for dilution ratios with water. There have been numerous advances in the industry over the last few years, which have led to the development of products that are safer for cleaning crews, building occupants and the environment. In fact, as an end user, you can now use green floor strippers to create a healthier work environment. When green strippers were first introduced into the market a couple of years ago, distributors said end users questioned the product's effectiveness. In fact, performance and higher costs were the main points of concern. But that was just like every green entrant that has been developed. Buyers soon developed a liking for them. According to a recent survey, 75% of in-house service providers use green floor finishes and strippers in their cleaning programs. According to Contract Profits Magazine, business service contractors have also taken up the mantle and are using green floor finish and strippers. They have already gotten into schools. You can thank parent-teacher associations for this. The push for the products has reached the media and the parents read it in the papers and see it in the news. They don’t want their kids getting surrounded by harmful chemicals, that's why they encourage the use of these safe products. Generally, green floor stripers have a maximum pH of 11.5, and their volatile organics don't exceed 3% of the weight of the product. The traditional products had a pH of up to 14%, and the VOC levels could clock 30%. That high level of acidity was considered toxic, and led to the reduction in quality of indoor air. In addition, manufacturers have formulated the strippers to be safe to use for the personnel handling them. Many of them today are packaged ready-to-use in dilution control systems. This has led to the reduction of accidental contact with the skin, since there are less chances for spilling or splashing when diluting the product.
If you want your floors looking their best, you'll need to know how to strip and wax a floor. It's not rocket science. Simply follow these steps:
1. Remove all obstacles from the room you will be working on. This includes all tables, chairs, lamps, rugs, or any other items that sit on the floor.
2. Get the stripper. There are different products to choose from, and you can even get a floor stripper for sale that takes only one application. Mix it in your mop bucket according to the directions on the label. You can mix in one bucket. Pour the floor finish stripper and water in the recommended ratio. Most floor strippers require a significant dilution before they can be used safely and effectively.
3. Test the stripper on an obscure section of the floor, to ensure that you have the right product, and that you've mixed it well. If there is any damage, you may need to try a different product of floor finish stripper or contact a professional.
4. Apply the mixture generously to the floor, using a cotton or blend mop. If you don't apply enough the floor will dry, which will make it harder to rinse clean. Ensure you work on only small sections at a time. For instance, if you are working by hand, plan to strip 2-by-4-foot sections of the floor. In case you are using a floor scrubber, you can strip in larger sections-like 100 square feet at a time.
5. Allow it to stand for a while as the floor stripper does the work for you to remove the polish and emulsify the wax.
6. Use a floor machine to scrub the area with the stripper. Some areas, such as corners, receive less traffic and may have more wax build-up. Ensure that you take your time in such areas so as to remove the build-up. As you continue scrubbing the floor, you'll notice the areas you're working on starting to appear duller and duller. You can also use scrubbers and scrapers such as poll scraper or putty knife. You can also use a toothbrush and scrubbing pads. Don't use tools that you'd like to keep looking nice, or for use for other projects. For instance, you may use the knife afterwards (albeit after cleaning it thoroughly), but the toothbrush won't be usable. As you strip sections of floor near the edge, check out the baseboard for dirty finish and see if you'll need to strip it as well.
7. Pick up the bulk of the loosened wax and stripper using your wet/dry vacuum.
8. Repeat this process until the entire floor has been stripped.
9. Get a clean cotton or blend mop and rinse the entire floor with a neutral rinse. Use a wet vacuum or mop to remove all the residue left over from the stripping. To ensure that it's neutral (in terms of pH), you can add 1 or 2 ounces of white vinegar to the last rinse. Ensure you thoroughly rinse out the mop head when you dunk it in the bucket of water, and replace the water frequently. This ensures that the seal and floor finish will adhere to your floor without flaking or peeling.
10. Your floor is now prepped. It's ready for the floor sealer. It will make your floor to look better for longer. When it comes to applying the sealer, use your mop bucket and finish mop. Ensure you saturate the mop. Allow to dry.
11. Apply your floor finish. Note that you should use different mops for the various procedures in order to prevent disastrous results. For instance, a stripping mop should not be used to lay the finish. You can use anywhere between 2-4 coats depending on your type of floor, and the results you see. Allow drying time between each coat.
Tips For Using Floor Strippers
· How well do you know your floor? Not all floor strippers work for all floors. You need to find the one that's most suited to your situation. For instance, you can't use a linoleum floor-stripping agent on wood floors. You should get a polish remover that is safe for your floor whether its vinyl, rubber, renoleum, terrazzo marble etc. It may get all the wax off, but you may end up ruining your floor. That's why it's imperative that you know your floor.
· To increase efficiency, rent the major equipment. Renting the appropriate equipment such as a floor waxer with changeable pads will help you complete the process faster and save your time and energy. The floor scrubbers scrub away sealers and floor finish, and a wet-dry vacuum will suck up the stripper and sealer/floor finish residue afterward. You can rent floor scrubbers that include squeegee attachments, which can take the place of the wet vacuum as well. Since you'll probably only be using it about once every few months, it's a viable route to follow. The larger machine sizes will strip the floor more quickly, and are recommended especially if you are stripping a large area rather than a room or two of a residential house. You can get one from your local convenience store- or where you got your other cleaning supplies.
· Ensure that floor is bare and free of dust before applying the floor stripper. Move all your furniture, rugs, and loose objects to another room. Thereafter, sweep or vacuum the floor thoroughly to remove all dust.
· Familiarise yourself with your tools. Don't go using your floor waxer or buffer blindly. These machines an easily get out of control. Be sure to go through the operating manual that comes with them. The same thing applies for your floor stripper. Find out the proper method for applying it, how much you should use, and how you should mix it.
· Open all your windows and doors. Floor finish strippers create toxic fumes when applied, and you should never use them in an area with poor ventilation. In case your working space has poor air floor, you can set up fans in front of window or doors, and/or wear a respirator mask. Be careful not to point the fans directly at the floor, since they could dry out the floor finish stripper and interfere with the stripping process.
· Don't put your floor stripper in the auto scrub machine's solution tank. Fill the tank with only water or a neutral (7.5 - 9) pH cleaner. This will reduce chances of contaminating of the floors that have a wax or seal finish. Once you put your stripper in the tank you won’t be able to guarantee that you have rinsed out when you use it later on the floors that have finish. However, you can use the auto scrub unit to pick up the stripper slurry. You can also use it to scrub or strip the floor, as long as you use the appropriate pads or brushes. The pick up tank is well up to the task. After you're done, remember to clean out all the tanks, rims, pads, solution hoses, etc. This will preserve the machine and enhance its life.
· Mix the stripper solution bucket lined with a trash bag and apply it using a contaminated stripper mop. Ensure that you've identified the mop and/or bucket is identified as having stripper to, to prevent someone coming and using it on the floor.
· You can get a floor stripper on sale that has been advertised as being "no rinse”. This means that you don’t need to rinse them off the floor after you are done. However, remember that floor finish strippers are powerful solvents. You may be more comfortable to rinsing even "no rinse" strippers to ensure that no damage or discoloration occurs.
· Protect yourself with additional safety features. This is because floor finish strippers come with harmful chemicals that you can absorb through your skin and damage the eyes. Rubber gloves are mandatory. It's highly recommended that you get a pair of goggles for extra protection. You should also wear long sleeves and long pants to cover as much of your skin as possible. Always have the location of the nearest running water faucet at the back of your mind. It should be capable of flushing out your eyes or rinsing your skin for over 15 minutes with running water in case they come into contact with the floor finish stripper.