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Old 10-01-2013, 06:31 AM   #15
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Paula, them long handled scrubbers, or anything like that hurt my back more than hands and knees do. Guess we all fall apart a little differently.
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Thanks for all the information and hints. I bought a gallon container of Zep floor stripper at Home Depot. You mix a small amount of it with hot water. Lots of elbow grease with a plastic scrubber and a scrub brush. The floor looks good now. Won't be using any kind of wax product going forward. Will use your hints to clean. Also I tried a little Murphy Oil Soap which seems to do well.
Most stripper will "flash off" in hot water so become less effective. Try cold to lukewarm water for better results. Done right, very little elbow grease is required to strip a lightly soiled floor. You must also apply a neutraliser after stripping and before applying any type of finish to the floor. If not, the new finish will not bond correctly. Is the floor vinyl or vinyl laminate? I see a potential issue with laminate as most sealers are water based and could cause laminate to swell.
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