If you think you need to have your floors stripped but you’ve had this service done before, you likely have lots of questions about how it works, why it’s important, and what it accomplishes. For this blog post, we wanted to talk about the top 4 things you need to know about floor stripping.

What floor stripping does

Simply put, when you have your floors stripped, you’re removing the finish of your floors, which often involves removing layers (upon layers) of wax.  This multi-step process is an important first step if you’re wanting to refinish your floors.

How it’s done

The first step in stripping tile floors is to remove all furniture and objects, such as sofas, desks, signage, and other types of items, from the area. Once that’s done, the floors will need to be dust mopped as a means of removing dirt and debris from the part of the floor that’s going to be treated.


The next step involved applying a commercial stripping solution. Generous amounts of the solution will need to be applied—and the solution will need to sit atop the flooring for a short period of time. (Stripping solution should not be allowed to fully dry on a floor.) This step helps loosen your floor’s finish. Lastly, the stripping solution will need to be neutralized, rinsed, and dried. The floors will need to be completely dry before new floor finish can be applied.

How long does it take to strip floors?

This is a complicated question that can’t necessarily be answered in a blog post. The answer will be dependent on several factors, such as the type of flooring you have, how big the area that needs to be stripped is, the amount of wax that needs to be removed, and how many people will be working on the job. If you have additional questions on this point, call TJS Janitorial and Floor Cleaning today to get a free estimate.

Signs you need to have your floors stripped

There are several signs that it’s time to have your floors stripped. Examples include discoloration from UV light, discoloration, blotchiness, scratching and scuffing, oxidization (which causes your floors to look as if they have a hazed, powdery residue), among others.

Have questions? Call us today to receive a free quote

If you think it might be time to have your floors stripped, we can help. Call TJS Janitorial and Floor Cleaning today to schedule a free floor stripping estimate.


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