This article was originally published by BSCAI Services.
One of the most innovative changes to occur in hard floor maintenance over the past few years is the concept of chemical-free stripping. The concept is not really new, as it uses technology that has been around for years. The process of applying orbital sanders and wood floor preparation pads to a finished surface to remove layers of floor finish through abrasion has been around for some time now. With the industry-wide push toward green cleaning, this method quickly gained acceptance and popularity among end-users. Besides the benefit of not having to introduce chemicals to strip a floor, the process was less messy and promoted the idea of top-scrubbing and re-coating, as opposed to stripping the finish down to the floor and re-applying it.
However, as with all new technologies, there have been challenges. The orbital pads, which typically move in an orbit of a quarter of an inch, load up with the finish that they are removing, which in turn forces the user to stop the process to clean or flip the pads before continuing. The constant stopping and starting is a drain on productivity.
About the author: Richard "Bo" Bodo is the Director of Business Development at Windsor, an IICRC Master Textile Cleaner, and contributor to industry standards, publications, and training programs. Bo has more than 12 years of industry experience in both chemicals and equipment.