Guide to Remove Worn Floor Polish, Dry & Re-Apply Emulsion Polish

Discover how to strip back a floor and re-apply a highly effective emulsion polish for future floor protection.

The removal of dirt, marks and current polish, stripping down and re-applying floor polish to provide further protection and assistance to any effective future maintenance required. To provide an extension of life to the covering of the floor and to help with much easier future maintenance this activity removes polish, dirt and marks. It then applies emulsion floor polish for protection of the surface.

learn how to remove floor polish and re-apply new coats of emulsion polish

As well as being on-hand with advice Wray Bros also provides the necessary janitorial supplies that will assist you in the task of stripping back a floor and re-applying an emulsion floor polish.  As this cleaning task involved the use of potentially hazardous cleaning substances and machines you must take great care to ensure you are fully prepared. An equipment checklist will allow you to go into the task without worrying about leaving something behind. Personal Protective Equipment will keep you safe at all times and warn others in the area of the dangers involved. 

Any cleaning task that includes the use of electrical equipment and cleaning substances must be approached with care. A safety first approach should be a priority. Follow the bullet points below to make sure you have covered everything and kept you and the immediate area clear of dangerStep by Step Guide
Follow the simple steps below and you will complete the task safely and methodically. Wray Bros are keen to promote safe and effective cleaning using only the highest quality of products. Our step-by-step guides are aimed at helping anyone involved in a cleaning task such as this.

Guide to removing worn polish and re-apply new coat of emulsion polish
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  1. Put on Personal Protective Equipment
  2. Assemble all of the equipment to be used and check each item for safety, paying particular attention to plugs and cables
  3. Place warning signs at the extremes of the work area
  4. Ventilate the area
  5. Pick up large items of litter by hand and mop sweep floor
  6. Prepare stripping solution in a bucket according to manufacturer’s instructions (always add product to water) and place in the machine tank
  7. Apply stripping solution by mop over an area of about 10m2, paying particular attention to the edges
  8. Allow to soak for about 5 minutes but do not allow to dry onto surface
  9. Commence stripping the edges first using the edging tool, paying particular attention to the corners
  10. Start scrubbing the floor in the area furthest away from the door; using an overlapping pattern to ensure the whole area is covered
  11. Ensure bucket is always behind line of work and machine cable is behind the machine and not lying in water
  12. Remove slurry with the wet suction machine, starting on a dry area and moving on to a wet area
  13. Repeat steps 8-12 until the whole area has been scrubbed
  14. Check the pad/brush for damage and cleanliness regularly and turnover the pad, change or clean as necessary
  15. After scrubbing place both machines onto protective plastic sheet
  16. Remove splashes from walls, skirtings and furniture as they occur
  17. In a mopping unit bucket prepare a solution of acetic acid in water. Rinse the floor well, then remove liquid with wet suction machine. Check pH of floor using indicator paper. If more than 9 repeat the rinsing process and re-test the pH for neutrality (pH7)
  18. When the floor is neutral and clean, allow to dry
  19. Apply one coat of Acrylic Primer Seal if required (Porous Floor Surfaces) thinly and evenly using the applicator. Start at furthest corner from the door. Avoid splashing skirtings
  20. Apply first coat of polish thinly and evenly using the applicator. Start at furthest corner from the door. Avoid splashing skirtings
  21. Allow to dry hard
  22. Apply further coats as required allowing to dry hard in between coats. All subsequent coats should be applied in the opposite direction to the coat prior and starting approximately 10cm from the skirtings
  23. Remove plug and RCD from power socket and recoil machine cable
  24. Clean all equipment and check for safety
  25. Return all equipment, materials to store and store safely and securely
  26. When floor is completely dry return warning signs to store. 



Suitable Jangro Products
Rinse-Free Polish Remover
Acrylic Floor Primer
Floor Polish Remover
Wet-Look Floor Polish
High Traffic Floor Polish

Equipment Checklist

• Low Speed Scrubbing / Polishing Machine with anti-splash skirt
• Drive plate and black heavy duty scrubbing pad
• Wet suction machine
• 2 buckets
• 1 abrasive pad (and pad holder)
• Warning Signs
• Sheet of protective plastic
• Floor Polish Remover
• Mop Sweeper
• Cloths and Bucket
• Warning Signs
• pH indicator paper
• Water Based Polish and Acrylic Floor Primer
• Polish Applicator and Tray or suitable mopping unit
• 2 mopping units and two mops
• Protective Overall, Gloves and Protective Shoes (if identified on risk assessment)

Safety Considerations

• Ensure PPE is worn at all times
• Ventilate area
• Place Warning signs at the extremes of the work area prior to the work commencing
• Check electrical equipment particularly plugs and cables
• Check if machine is fitted with a Residual Current Device (RCD)
• Do not plug machine in until it has been assembled and is ready for use
• Ensure hands are dry before plugging in machines
• Do not splash stripping solution or polish
• Always keep the machine cable behind the machine and out of water
• Stripping solution bucket must be behind line of work
• Do not allow the cable to become taut at any time
• Whenever not in use, always leave the scrubbing/polishing machine handle in the upright position.

Remember to take care of equipment! Once the task is over there is still some work left to do. Care of equipment is crucial to ensure equipment lasts for longer and remains at an effective level in the process. It also allows for quicker use the next time the same task is required.
• Always remove brush or drive plate and pad from under the machine after operation to prevent them becoming distorted
• Wash pads and allow to dry
• Clean wet suction machine inside and out and allow to dry
• Dispose of surplus polish, wash buckets, wipe inside and out, and store upside down
• Clean polish applicator thoroughly
• Remove mop heads from handles, wash and allow to dry
• Store mop sweeper head up.

Our guides are designed to help you make a sizeable cleaning task that much easier. If you’d like to see other specific Guides or need advice on any particular matter please contact us and we’ll do our best to help and make you look good.