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ICAN/ATEX: Should screens be used for stripping finish off vinyl flooring?

November 6, 2013

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Should screens be used for stripping finish off vinyl flooring?

The screens that I am asking about are the ones used for cleaning wood flooring.

Wednesday’s Answer:

Using a screen mesh-sanding disc to strip VCT is not recommended because it can cause excessive abrasion and damage.

However, there may be cases where permanent sealer, polyurethane, or concrete sealer needs to be stripped and all previous attempts and procedures have failed.

If the floor covering warranty has expired (normally 5 years), a careful use of a sanding screen may be considered.

Floors must be conventionally stripped to remove as much finish as possible.

Next, apply the stripping solution again to the floor. Place a 100 mesh-sanding screen under a  ... Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.

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