There is a great need in the market for even further performance and enhancement in the stripping of floors. With the introduction of high performance gas stripping machines combined with autoscrubbers to make a mechanised approach to large area stripping you require more aggression in the stripper. This aggressive action allows the stripping performance combined with mechanical energy to remove thousands of square meters of old, heavy buildup per hour.
Apply, scrub and rinse
STEAMROLLER II is not a no rinse stripper and must be applied, allowed to activate, scrubbed then rinsed off using a neutraliser (NEUTRO) to counteract alkalinity, particularly on stone/terrazzo surfaces. Planning the job to improve productivity will involve selecting the correct equipment first, so that you are able to utilise, not waste the time saving performance.
Why apply stripping solution from a bucket using a mop when you can dilute and pour directly from a 15Ltr drum in a shopping trolley via a tap and spread it over the working area with a fringe mop or apply it from your autoscrubber. Most people think that an autoscrubber is faster, when in fact pour and spread method is faster.
Give STEAMROLLER II time to work
Too many operators apply stripper to a small area then start scrubbing before it has had time to activate. It is far better to apply to double the area you envisage, even two or three aisles. You then have a product on the floor working for you to reduce your costs by allowing the finish to come off in the first scrubbing pass. The only thing you must watch for is drying. Always re-apply stripper to areas that are drying out.
Why wouldn’t you use Tynex brushes for stone or terrazzo or high productivity pads that rip the loosened film up in one scrubbing pass? This allows you to apply NEUTRO neutraliser on heavy stripping jobs where 1 to 4 parts stripper to water solutions have been used. You actually add the neutraliser as you are picking up the slurry. Why wait to rinse first then neutralise? This method is faster because you save one rinse pass. Where time is not a problem, pick up stripper slurry then apply neutraliser with a light scrub as you flood with squeegee up, allow 2 minutes, then pick up and rinse.