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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Question

What do you use to stop floor stripper from passing under the doors? I had to do a hallway, and didn’t want the floor stripper to run under the door and strip the medical lab floor. I used some trash bags and some tape. What do you recommend?


Answer

Answer #1:
There a several approaches to blocking runoff, including commercial water wedge that fits under the door. Or, you can make your own liquid containment device by using a flat cardboard box and 3" masking tape. Tape the cardboard horizontally to the floor where you want it to cut off. Apply stripper lightly along this water barricade and keep the stripping machine off the tape. The cardboard also become a type of walk-off mat and a place to stage scrapers, strip pads, etc. When finished, carefully remove the barrier, place it in plastic trash bag, mop thoroughly, and lightly scrape (blend) the detectable line.
Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
ProClean College
(719) 598-5112
www.nationalproclean.com

Answer #2:
There are commercial products called “stripper dams”, available from sanitary suppliers. These are adjustable plastic strips with a rubber-type seal that prevents cleaning solutions from running under doorways and down adjacent hallways. There are also absorbent tubes which can be used for the same purpose, but they work differently in that they absorb the solution, similar to a spill roll. Caution should be taken if using an absorbent tube, or rolled towel, because the tube can cause more finish to be removed from the doorway than from rest of floor due to the increased dwell time combined with the poultice-like action of the tube. As a result, it can be difficult to blend in the covered area with rest of floor when floor finish is applied.

Glen Franklin, Franklin Floor Care
Floorfacts@peoplepc.com