The Biggest Mistakes Floor Strippers Can Make

Stripping of floors is a process that is employed by a lot of companies. It is something that is done prior to waxing a floor after a long period of time. Old wax, soil, dirt and dust are all on the list of things that are removed when stripping of floors is done. If you have been in the floor cleaning business, you probably already know what kind of work this involves. It is one of the most tedious, intensive and demanding jobs out there for a floor cleaner. Because of its complexity, the amount of time and the huge effort it takes, there is room for a lot of mistakes to be made during the cleaning process and the stripping process.

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Customers Aren’t Your Guinea Pigs

One of the absolute biggest mistakes one can make is using the customer’s floor as a learning environment. This is a huge no-no. They say you have to learn on the job, but this isn’t the case in this type of work. You shouldn’t spend your time on the customer’s floor trying to figure out how the new steam cleaner works. Learn the skills you need to at your local work area or even at a technical college of some sort, but never use your clients as a training ground.

Know What You’re Doing!

Know your floors. Not knowing the different types of flooring and the different chemicals as well as equipment that can be used with them can lead to a lot of damage being done to a floor. Always use the right chemicals. Hard wood flooring and VCT flooring, for instance, have a huge basic difference in the two. You might not even be able to use the same floor polisher machine for one floor that you would for another. If you aren’t sure, make a couple of calls to someone who knows what they are doing before you ruin someone’s floor.

Be prepared. A lack of preparation can lead to a lot more time being taken for a job. Remember that a customer pays you for the work you’re doing on a particular floor type based on the size of the floor, not the time you take. By taking more time to do a job, you’re losing yourself money because you could be spending this time getting new clients. Always have all of the equipment you need for the work to be done before you even arrive at the client’s location. With the right preparation and a lot of caution, stripping a floor doesn’t have to be nearly as scary as it could be.