Q. After stripping the wax, do you usually pick it up with an autoscrubber, or just the old fashioned mop and bucket with squeegee?
A. You only strip out an area that can be scrubbed and picked up before the stripper dries. Many experts teach that it should be a 10' X 10' area. I believe this is WRONG. You want to paint out the stripper 7' wide (which is the left to right arc of a standard swing buffer). Or, if using an autoscrubber paint out about 4-5 machine width passes. Only paint out a distance of 20'-30' so there is time for one pass, working the edges and a final pass for scrub and pickup. All has to be completed before the stripper dries. If it starts to dry, apply a slight amount of water on the second pass.
If the stripper dries on the floor it MUST be re-emulsified by adding water and scrubbing one more time. When using a swing buffer, you can re-wet the stripper by having gallon jugs of water nearby, or better yet - mounting a solution or shampoo tank to the buffer handle. Make one pass up the path forward, overlapping 1/2 the machine diameter on each pass. Make sure the edges are worked right behind the machine as this makes the edge less slippery and others can walk without falling down. Then it is safe for the assistants can come behind and do the edge work. After going from the back of the area to the front, then make one more pass working from the front to the back, overlapping each pass. Then, squeegee all the stripper back to the edge of the area and pick up with a wet vac.
If you use an autoscrubber to pick up stripper it will tend to plug up the machine. However, if you have already used it for stripping, then just make sure it is cleaned up after each use. You never apply stripper thru the autoscrubber feed tank. Only apply with a wet mop. Make the first pass with the squeegee up and off, and the second pass with the squeegee down and picking up. Then rinse twice with mops. Never use mops to pick up wasted slurry as it is very time consuming and it contaminates the mops.
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