Stripping Surfaces With Faber CottoSolv
The powerful Faber CottoSolv formulation allows you to remove those old wax and polymer treatments that are ruining the ambience, stripping them away to the bare surface underneath. That way you won’t have to go the arduous route of having the installation redone, or struggle trying to hand-scrape the wax off. It works on both natural organic polymers, and the synthetic ones, allowing you to restore the surface to its original state, ready for new treatments to be applied. Dark oxidation marks that have ruined the floors, walls and worktops, plant efflorescence on the absorbent materials like cotto, plus even mould and algae growths- you can rely on the Faber CottoSolv to remove them from your installations. Since it easily dissolves organic substances, you can bring it out when deep cleaning your surfaces, especially for those instances when you’re facing stubborn layers of grime that refuse to budge. Whether you’re cleaning trafficked areas, dealing with grease and oil residues, or those suction cup marks that are formed on ceramic surfaces during the industrial handling processes- the product will deliver a superior clean.
Where can you use it? It works for indoor and outdoor applications, on surfaces ranging from granite, clinker, ceramics both craquelé and glazed, marble, concrete, cementine, porphyry, travertine, limestone, quartzite, tuff, agglomerates like marble-resin, marble-quartz and marble-cement, all through to porcelain stoneware, from the lapped, textured, and natural to the polished types.
How To Use The Faber CottoSolv
For the application, you can use different equipment depending on your particular situation and the size of the area you’re working on. These are the likes of cloths for worktops and walls, mops, or even single disc machines for the large floors. Before you begin, first clean away the dust, loose particles and debris, plus the coarse grit from the surface. You can simply sweep it off with a broom, or bring out your vacuum cleaner.
Next is planning your method of approach. It’s recommended that you work in small sections at a time. The main factor that determines this is the rate of absorption of the material. For cotto, terracotta and other highly absorbent surfaces, you can divide up the area to 4 – 5m2 that will enable you to use the Faber CottoSolv effectively without it penetrating into the surface, as this would affect its functionality. For polished natural stone, be it ceramic tiles or stoneware, where the rate of absorption is lower, then you can work on larger sections at a time, based on your capability and the equipment you’re using. Once ready, proceed with these steps:
- Prepare the solution to be used. The product can be applied diluted or undiluted, depending on the intended purpose. These include:
- For simple degreasing action, dilute with a 1:9 ratio (mixing 1 part of Faber CottoSolv, with 9 parts of water)
- For the cases where you’re dealing with stubborn residue and you need stronger degreasing action, mix 1 part product with 2-4 parts clean water. This also applies for when you’re dealing with acid-sensitive materials like during worksite cleaning.
- When you want to get rid of really stubborn polymers or resin, then dilute it to 50%. However, if you’re dealing with the absorbent materials like concrete or cotto, use it undiluted.
- Apply the solution onto the surface evenly. Distribute it with the brush or single disc machine, working it onto the area thoroughly.
- Allow 10-15 minutes of dwelling time. During this period, the product will chemically dissolve the gunk, wax, resin, polymers and other material that are on the surface. You can increase the efficiency of this by adding mechanical action into the mix, simply by passing over the area with the brush or single disc machine. However, this should not be done continuously, but rather at intervals depending on how stubborn the grime is.
- Pour clean water onto the surface. Here, your goal is forming an emulsion with the mixture of solution plus the residue that was being removed from the floor. Distribute the water evenly on the surface, then use a liquid vacuum cleaner to extract all the contents from the floor. You can also work with absorbent paper towels or cloths for other smaller surfaces.
- Thoroughly rinse the surface using clean water. You can open it to normal use after it has dried.
Double Wax Stripping With Dec 21
Here, the Faber CottoSolv is used together with the undiluted Dec 21. As always, the initial cleaning will need to be carried out first. When this is done, follow these steps:
- Apply the Dec 21 to the surface. Distribute it over the entire area with the single disc machine or brush, ensuring that you obtain an even application.
- Let it stand for 10-15 minutes. Mechanical action with the brush or machine (making passes at intervals) will boost the process. The abrasive disc used here depends on the material of the surface, though green discs are generally employed for the wax stripping.
- Add the Faber CottoSolv onto the surface, after diluting it with a 1:1 ratio with water. Cover the entire area too, ensuring that you have distributed it uniformly and vigorously.
- Give it another 10-15 minutes to work its magic.
- Remove the residue by pouring water onto the area, forming an emulsion with the contents on the floor, then following through with extraction using suction with a wet vacuum cleaner.
- Rinse the surface and let it dry.
Tips To Enhance Your Efficiency When Working With The Faber CottoSolv
- Ensure that the surface remains wet, covered with a layer of the solution, all through the treatment.
- When dealing with the highly absorbent surfaces, you may be needed to pour more of the product onto the area. This is compensating for the quantity that will have been absorbed into the material.
- Selecting the right pad is key, for those working with the surface care machines. This mainly depends on the type of material, and also factors like the level of soiling, or the type of the treatment that is being removed. For the polished and delicate surfaces, like limestone, marble plus glazed materials, it’s recommended that you use a white pad. For the rough surfaces, such as concrete, cotto and terracotta, plus the unpolished ones too, you can use a light blue or green pad.
- In case you want to repeat the treatment for those sections that were not completely satisfying, first allow the surface to completely dry from the initial process.