A reader writes: “I have found a quick way of stripping floors. We have rented a propane floor machine that covers a floor in a fraction of the time that an old fashioned 175 RPM machine. Your feedback is appreciated.”

As I read your comment, the old TV show “Lost in Space” where the robot would shout out “Danger, danger, Will Robinson” when some hokey monster (think the Tomato Monster) was about to attack.

I have serious concerns about your staff (who are untrained on the safe and effective use of this machine) could cause more harm than good. Although there may be a limited use of such a system (think big box store with a lot of open space), I do not believe that you are going to get satisfactory results in the long hallways you are trying to strip.

Consider the following questions and concerns: Since there are multiple coats of finish on the floor (hopefully all water based), it will require more than one pass to get all the product up. Do you know how to test to see if all the layers have been removed? What type pad are you going to use? What mix of stripper solution will be most effective? What about the carpet edges that can be damaged by runoff? What about the IAQ (indoor air quality) when a machine like this is used is close quarters? How are you going to pick up the slurry? Are you taping/protecting the carpet edges? Is this process going to create additional work?

I highly encourage you to conduct a test on a small area to make sure that this process will give you the desired results. Please make sure workers are trained in how to use the equipment safely. Check to see if there are any certification requirements in your area. The bottom line is to go slow now so that you can potentially go faster (effectively and safely) later.

Your comments and feedback are always appreciated. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.