A Fresh Start With The Faber Solvent Stripper
Remember how the surfaces looked when they got the wax treatment? That glossy and elegant finish that accentuated the indoor space? Waxing surfaces – from floor and walls to countertops, set a glossy finish, one that is free from any scratches and stains. Unfortunately, things don’t remain this way for long. Over time, due to everything from the traffic witnessed every day, to soiling that gradually accumulates on the surface, as well as those accidental spills, the wax layers wear down and become a shadow of their former selves. This takes away the aesthetic appeal of the surface, and despite one’s best efforts to scrub things down, it doesn’t restore the area to its original look and feel. In such scenarios, there is only one recourse left: overhauling the existing treatment and having a new one applied. However, remember that these wax treatments are formulated to be hard to remove, as part of their role in protecting the surface. Getting rid of them requires tough action from formulations that are been developed to break down the treatments. That’s where the Faber Solvent Stripper comes in.
It’s not just about the old wax. There are also cases where there is a build-up of stubborn greasy grime on the different installations. This includes oil substances that strongly adhere to the surface, and barely budge when worked on with conventional detergents. You can leverage the powerful action of the Faber Solvent Stripper to get rid of these kinds of dirt.
Deep Cleaning Action
Here, you are a tough-acting solvent-based product that proves to be an asset for deep cleaning, getting rid of stubborn dirt, all through to organic and oily residues that have pervaded the surface. It’s a highly penetrating agent, getting into the material, and chemically breaking down the grime for easy removal. This reduces the workload when tackling oily dirt and stubborn stains, complementing the cleaning efforts around the process. For more powerful cleaning action, you can use the Solvent Stripper in combination with the Alkaline Cleaner or Wax Remover.
Setting The Stage to Re-Wax Your Surfaces
When it comes to giving your surfaces a new lease of life, the Faber Solvent Stripper ensures that the existing treatments have been effortlessly got rid of. This is because applying new coats over patches of the old wax will ruin the quality of the results, and negatively affect the functionality of the formulation. The Faber Solvent Stripper removes those existing layers, exposing the bare surface underneath. That way the new treatment can bond directly with the material being worked on. The formulation is suitable for indoor and outdoor applications, from materials ranging from natural stone installations, their agglomerates, to the likes of clinker, ceramics and porcelain stoneware. Conducting a test on a small, concealed area or on an unused tule will enable you to determine if the Faber Solvent Stripper is suitable for your particular type of installation.
How often should the stripping and waxing be carried out? This depends on the levels of wear witnessed. Floors should generally be stripped and waxed once or twice a year. In areas like schools, this is usually carried out during the Summer and Winter breaks. Restaurants, retail stores and other high traffic commercial establishments will require high frequencies of the maintenance, in order to keep them in optmial state all through the year. This can be reduced by using a finish suited for busy environments.
How To Use The Faber Solvent Stripper
There are two ways work with this formulation:
- Using the solvent stripper alone
- Using it in conjunction with a Wax Remover/Alkaline Cleaner (Double-wax Stripping)
In both scenarios, some important measures need to be carried out first. For starters, the surface should be swept/vacuumed, clearing away the coarse dirt, dust and loose debris that is on the area. You should also ensure that the surface is dry. For surrounding areas that are not to be worked on, cover them to protect them from the action of the solvent stripper. Also, a spot test is recommended for those cases where you’re uncertain about whether or not this formulation is suitable for your particular installation.
Here are the steps to take for the two different methods:
- Application for the Faber Solvent Stripper Only
- Pour the product onto the surface. You won’t need to dilute it or mix it with other chemicals.
- Work the stripper into the surface such as by rubbing it in with a cloth or mop. A single disc machine can also be used for those dealing with large surface areas.
- Give the Faber Solvent Stripper 5 to 10 minutes to act on the surface.
- Remove the residue and rinse the floor.
If there are any residues remaining, you can repeat the process. After cleaning and rinsing the surface, allow it to dry.
- Double-Wax Stripping
The recommended products here are the Wax Remover or Alkaline Cleaner.
- Start by pouring the Faber Solvent Stripper into the target surface, rubbing it onto the area and then giving it the 5-10 minutes dwell time.
- Apply the alkaline wax stripper directly onto the surface. The particular steps are indicated in the product label/spec sheet of the product selected.
- Clear away the residue and use plenty of water to rinse the surface.
Note that residue wasn’t removed between steps 1 and 2 here. The Wax Remover or Alkaline Cleaner is placed directly on the Solvent Stripper.
In both kinds of application, ensure that the area being worked on is well-ventilated. Remember that this is a highly flammable liquid, so keep it away from heat sources during use or storage.
During that 5 to 10-minute waiting period as the product chemically breaks down the dirt, wax and other residues that are on the surface, you can add to the effectiveness of this by rubbing it into the installation with your preferred equipment. This increases its penetration, enhancing the cleaning action.
For the recently laid tiles or grouted surfaces, you should first allow the adhesives or grout used to completely cure before applying the product.