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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Question

I have some terrazzo floors that have years of finish buildup. I have used some of the best stripper on the market with the most aggressive pads but still cannot get this finish off without multiple (8 or more) passes. It is so old that it is yellow and cracked. It does come off with a scraper but it is such a large area that it would take a long time. I donít mind taking the time but wonder if there is a better/faster/more efficient way.


Answer

With so many coats of finish built up over the years, patience is your best ally on this floor. Stripper can only chemically soften so many layers before it is spent, used up. If you are removing 60 coats of finish at 6 coats per solution application, you will have to repeat the procedure 10 times.
So, just stay with it and be reminded that a heavy scrub and recoat program differs greatly from a light mop and layer-on-finish approach. Now you know why.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com