Offices and workplaces often have a variety of flooring materials within the same business location. The cleaning and care for some floors include stripping, sealing, and waxing. For example, tile, some types of vinyl, and an assortment of wood flooring do well with an occasional floor waxing and sealing to keep them looking great, and to help repel dirt and moisture. Let’s take a look at what it means to strip, seal, and wax floors.
What it Means to Strip, Seal, and Wax Floors
Stripping Your Workplace Floors
When your tile, vinyl, or wood floors are looking worn, it’s time to schedule them for stripping and re-waxing. Floors that most often need this type of attention are high-traffic areas like hallways, food service areas, bathrooms, classrooms, showrooms, front lobby areas, office spaces, and kitchen areas.
Stripping floors will require specialized chemicals and tools to make the job go smoothly. The time it will take to complete the floor stripping project will depend on the size of your space.
Floor Stripping Procedures
Cleaning and stripping office and workplace floors is a multi-step process. It starts with cleaning to remove dust, dirt, and debris from the area. Once the flooring has been cleaned and prepped, it will need to be scrubbed and stripped with a special machine designed to take off the remaining wax without harming the floor itself.
Floor Sealing and Waxing Procedures
Once your floor has been cleaned and stripped, a new layer of fresh wax or sealant is applied. Each type of flooring will require its own type of wax or sealant solutions, and processes for application.
Wood requires certain waxes to be applied and buffed on. If your wood floors have been re-sanded, they will need to be resealed properly. This process might need more than one coat to provide a good moisture and stain-resistant layer.
When it comes to applying a sealer or wax on a tile or vinyl floor, it’s a similar process to hardwood flooring. However, these types of floors will need their own solutions and application. Applying more than one coat will provide more coverage and protection from moisture, traffic, and dirt.
Types of Floor Waxes and Sealants
1. Paste and liquid floor waxes are common for wood flooring. If your office hardwood is starting to show wear, these floor waxes can be used in between full wax stripping for a longer-lasting finish. When the time is ready for a complete sanding of your wood floors, you have options for finishes, from high gloss to less shiny options.
2. Stone and tile sealers are perfectly designed for marbles, granites, and travertine types of hard surface flooring. They can have a strong odor, though, so it’s best to work in an empty workplace with good ventilation.
3. Tile sealants and waxes are perfect for ceramic tile to keep them from absorbing moisture and stains. These act as a tough barrier for your high traffic workplace floors.
4. Vinyl flooring sealants are designed for vinyl tiles to protect the finish and supply a good defense against debris or moisture accumulating in the cracks between the tiles.
All office and workplace flooring is going to require specific treatments and sealant applications. It’s important to understand the solutions and processes of each flooring type before proceeding. Even better is to hire a team that specializes in keeping office and workplace floors looking great.
When You’re Ready for a Clean Workplace Every Time
The easiest way to keep your office and workspace clean on a regular basis is to hire a professional team to clean. Let us do the cleaning work for you – either on a regular schedule, or for your deep cleans or spring cleaning. Click here to learn more about our floor cleaning services.
Our professional cleaning staff is bonded, insured, and maintains OSHA compliance. We are happy to clean your space for you, including specialized floor stripping and sealing. Please contact us online or call us at 571.384.3415 for answers to your cleaning questions and to schedule your personalized janitorial cleaning estimate today!