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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Uncomplicated stripping?

March 25, 2010
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Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Is there an uncomplicated way of stripping a 200 square feet section in the middle of a larger floor area which has about 10 coats of floor finish on it?
I need to strip this small section, refinish and blend (using a propane buffer) the damaged area into the main floor area. I anticipate having difficulty containing the stripper in a well-defined area.
How do I prevent the stripper from leaching?
The answer:
There are a couple of different approaches to spot stripping and blending, but it''s not an easy job. The one I prefer is to use large cardboard boxes that are double thickness. Determine your break-off point and tape the boxes to the floor.
Three-inch masking tape works fine. If you don’t have at least three feet of walk-off area next to carpet, then place old door mats to extend the area.
Do not apply the stripper heavy. With 10 coats, you may need two strip-outs. It would probably be safest to mix the stripper in a gallon jug, carefully apply it to ... — Gary Clipperton, National Pro Clean Corporation
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