2) How do I get rid of the greyish haze that sometimes
Simple, use an old pad instead, new pads on smooth new(ish) waxed floors are too smooth to remove some off the burnished on film that builds up, a new pad also makes the floor heat up which 'cooks' on some spray buff, an old pad has enough dirt and grit and dried on spray buff to hone away this crap. Top
3) How do I buff a floor?
Uh, I guess I covered that already. Top
4) Is a buffing machine dangerous?
Why yes, yes it is!
A loaded pad becomes sticky, it gets that way when one uses too much spray buff, it also trips a lot of breakers because the buffing machine is under increased load (all hail the circuit breaker, as olde style fuses can get costly!) A loaded buffing pad can send the machine out of control as it slips, then grips unexpectedly, it could send you into the wall, or even damage stuff around you.
Always make sure nobody is around the machine when you plug it in, and make dang sure that the lever buttons are not stuck in the on position. Top
5) Do I need to strip this floor?
I don't know, you tell me! If the wax just looks a bit dirty on the surface, or is just worn out a bit and is not too yellowed, you can just scrub it with the LIGHT GREEN pad with your buffing machine using soap and water from the mop bucket. Then mop it up and wax, I'll get to the waxing part, just hang on. Top
6) How do I strip a floor?
Ahhh, I'm glad I brought that up, otherwise why have we gotten this fart, er far. (genuine typo!, how could I delete that!)
Now, Ahem, yes, stripping the wax.
Mix the stripper into a solution with water according to the instructions on the label, the stronger the stripper ratio the better. Spread this solution around the floor with a household mop, if you are lucky you can use a doodlebug pad (abrasive pad on a stick) and/or the mop to get the floor and corners without needing the buffing machine or a scraper, but if you live in 'fat chanceville' you will need the machine and a BLACK or DARK GREEN abrasive pad, the kind you can easily see through, the open pore design ensures that the pad doesn't get gunked up with slimy wax and stripper, yes slimy, and VERY slippery, watch yourself, and any other bozo who may stumble onto your jobsite.
You know all the wax is off when you no longer slip on the floor. after you doodlebug the corners, clean up the stuff with a mop or wet/dry vac (fill mop bucket only halfway with clean water) inspect the floor for any wax left that you can scrape up with your scraper.
Nice and stripped, good job!
Now change your dirty water, get some fresh stuff fill the mop bucket this time, now you are going to rinse the floor, scrub the floor again with this clean stuff.
Now the floor looks real good.
But it isn't waxed yet, just hold on, I know your excited!
I'll get to that! Top
7) How do I put wax on the floor?
Well, gravity keeps it there, keeps it put, other than that, you still need to spread it onto the floor for the miracle of gravity to do it's thing.
Take a mop, pour wax onto the mop head until it's saturated, spread a strip of wax along the wall, this is your feeder strip which also spreads the wax out so it's not pooling in certain spots, make sure it's not pooled, then wax like you are mopping the floor, except a bit slower, don't let the wax get tacky and then start waxing, it will rip up the nice film and basically it looks bad, let it dry first. The real trick is to work diligently, but quickly.
After about 3-4 coats, or when you are satisfied, stick your wax mop into a garbage bag and tie it, this will keep your mop ready for the next job, without the need to wash it out and to keep the wax wet.
I knew you knew that!
(don't worry, there won't be any pop-quiz's) Top
8) Why do I need to learn this stuff?
Well, you don't need to, I just felt like writing about something that I know about, and if you learn something, I guess I wroted this real good then. Top
9) Who the hell am I?
Well...Who the hell are you?!
I'm just a guy with a website that does floor maintenance, that's who I am.
10) Why does this page burn my retina?
Grasshoppah wax-off too much, Grasshoppah need rest!
Enough of This; Time For Comics!