- THE MAGAZINE
The summer months are the busiest time of the year when it comes to refinishing floors. But as anyone that has ever refinished floors knows, the job can be long and arduous.
One of the most difficult and time-consuming steps in refinishing floors is ensuring that all the finish and soil buildup along the edges of the floor, in corners and in hard-to-reach areas is removed.
This month’s Floorcare Troubleshooter from Powr-Flite addresses these challenges and recommends these techniques:
- Scrub the edges using a scrubbing pad or razor scrape and chemical stripper. Wear gloves and goggles, make sure the area is well ventilated, and properly dilute the stripper before use. Allow for proper dwell time, then thoroughly rinse all surfaces clean.
- Used a "paddle stick" with a scrub pad along edges and in corners to agitate the stripper and loosen the finish and soils; then rinse clean.
- If using a rotary buffer, apply more pressure to edges by pushing down on one side of the handle and pulling up on the other while carefully maneuvering the machine as it moves along the edge. This technique can be effective, but requires considerable skill and experience to perform correctly.