Q. Should you flood the floor when you apply stripper?
A. If the VCT is manufactured by Armstrong, they recommend waiting 4-5 days after the installation of new tile before wet cleaning. They also state, “No-scrub and/or no-rinse strippers are not recommended on tile floors less than two years old, because they may affect the adhesive bond.” With those warnings in mind, there are other considerations regarding flooding floors. The primary disadvantage of flooding a floor with stripper is the occurrence of stripper running underneath equipment or baseboards. Then, after the finish coat has been applied the stripper seeps out onto the floor, leaving a noticeable blemish that must be fixed. The second drawback of flooding the floor is extra chemical usage. However, the floor does require a heavy coating of stripper for the chemical to perform its dissolving action. One way to apply the stripper to achieve the ideal thickness or coating is the following procedure:
- Dip wet mop into stripper bucket and hold it above the water line for approximately 2-3 seconds, so the mop head can drain.
- Place mop on floor next to the baseboard and pull mop 20’ ahead to starting position.
- Mop backwards to the bucket with a side-to-side figure-eight motion to evenly apply stripper. The area just painted out should not exceed the normal path of the floor machine when fully moved from left to right (approx. 7 feet wide).
- Move mop bucket back another 20’ and repeat operations.
- Allow stripper to set 10-15 minutes before starting floor machine on dry tile and working into the wet slurry.
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