Carpet strippers are complicated-looking machines when, in reality, they just strip flooring materials. If you were to try this by hand, you’d soon realise why machines are used. This guide explains exactly how to set up an area for a floor stripper, how to use one safely and other additional things to think about like safety and maintenance.

 

With this guide, you’ll be tile stripping in no time!

Preparing the Surrounding Area

You’ll want to consider what route you’re going to take because it’ll have a big impact on the efficiency of the machine and how long it takes you to complete the job. Completing the area in a series of strips or sections will allow for a more efficient process from beginning to end and will also result in a smoother finish.

Depending on the task and type of carpet stripper you’re using, you may want to prepare some form of vacuum. If a lot of debris will be created then some form of a dry or wet vacuum will help to clean up after you. This is important as it will allow you to use the machine more efficiently and safely.

Ensuring that debris is cleaned up is an important but often overlooked step. Debris can cause a bumpy ride as well as alter where the blade sits on the surface, making it less effective in some situations. Make sure you pause regularly to sweep up and clear the floor for the next section which is as important from a health and safety point of view as it is from an efficiency point of view.

How to Use the Carpet Stripper

Heavy-duty floor strippers use an oscillating blade system to remove materials like vinyl, carpet, linoleum and other soft materials from concrete and wood floors. There are multiple blades available for floor strippers so it’s important that you consider your specific requirements and pick the most suitable one for the job.

To install a blade, tip the machine back and use a wrench to loosen the bolts on the reverse side of the striker plate. Slide the blade in between the striker blade and the retainer blade, then tighten the bolts to keep it in place and tip the machine forwards.

The pitch of the blade alters what angle it oscillates at. Check your manual to understand what pitch your machine uses along with any recommendations the manufacturer has in relation to this.

On concrete floors, the bevelled side of the blade needs to be facing upwards at a fairly harsh angle. If the blade ‘jumps’ from the cut then the blade is probably too shallow. On wooden floors, this angle will want to be more shallow to avoid damage to the wood. You’ll want to follow the wood grain to minimise gouging.

Plug the machine into the correct socket and switch the switch on. As you push the machine forwards, the oscillating blade will remove the respective flooring. Don’t force the carpet stripper. If you need extra leverage then approach strips from the corner of the blade.

What to Avoid

Avoid Expansion Joints: Expansion joints hold parts together whilst absorbing their expansion, contraction and vibration. The blades of heavy-duty floor strippers get stuck on these unless they’re manoeuvred over them at an angle. They’re difficult to detect before removing the surface but if they’re spotted then make sure you cross them at an angle as this avoids damaging your blades. Failing to do this will lead to unnecessary costs and time wasted.

Avoid Anything Sticking Up: Anything sticking out the ground offers a very similar problem but they’re more detectable so you can address them before removing any flooring. You’ll want to circle anything sticking out and, depending on the sensitivity of your carpet stripper, you may be able to strip close to it. If your controls aren’t strong enough then you can remove the parts around it later.

Avoid Bolts: Similar to anything sticking out the ground, bolts can get in the way and snap your blade because they’re usually made of metal. To avoid this happening, which would cost you money to repair, assess the area you’d like to strip very carefully beforehand and proceed with caution.

Carpet Stripper Safety

You’ll want to make sure that you’re wearing all the correct safety gear when you’re using a floor stripper. Firstly, you’ll want to wear some metal cap shoes because you’ll be moving around a working blade. You may also want to wear some goggles in case any debris comes up at speed. It’s also never a bad idea to wear a helmet and gloves when working in these kinds of settings.

Make sure you don’t attempt to maintain our carpet strippers because, if necessary, we can send a fitter to you or exchange the model you have. It’s against our conditions of hire for our clients to tamper with the machinery in this way as it poses a serious health and safety risk.

Concept Flooring Technology’s Floor Stripper Rental Options

Wolff Turbo Stripper: This is a great self-propelled, walk-behind stripping option if you’re looking to remove any bonded flooring such as studded rubber and sports flooring. With a 2.6kW motor, detachable weights, and 150kg overall weight, it’s a very manoeuvrable option.

Blastrac BMS220: This is a ride-on heavy duty floor stripper option that is ideal for larger areas with a reduced amount of ventilation. With 110v of power and weighing 960kg/1080kg, it’s a great tile stripper that can also be used to remove carpet, vinyl and other materials.

Innovatech Terminator T2200: This is another ride-on carpet stripper option and it’s designed to work economically. It can fit through a doorway and it’s particularly good at stripping vinyl, wood, ceramic tiles and carpet with a propane power source and 1048kg of weight. We also have an Innovatech Terminator Infinity which is battery powered making it even more convenient and efficient.

Other Machines and Accessories

Blades: You’ll want to make sure that you have the necessary blades for the job. There are a few different types to choose from and each does better at taking up certain types of materials. If you have any questions about blades then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Concept Flooring Technology.

Preparation Grinder: Depending on the type of job you’re doing, you may wish to return the concrete beneath to an even finish. You may wish to use a preparation polisher machine to achieve this. You can choose from single-headed hand-held grinders to planetary polishers with 8 heads. Just make sure you take the time to research the different models available so you get the one that’s most appropriate based on your specific requirements.

Heavy-duty floor strippers are simple to use once you understand how they work, how to prepare the area before stripping and if you follow the step-by-step instructions carefully. It’s also important to remember to maintain your machine and to have safety at the forefront of your mind at all times because carpet strippers can be dangerous.

If you have any further questions about carpet strippers, or if you’d like to hear about our other services and products to hire, then don’t hesitate to contact us at Concept Flooring Technology by calling 01494 485952 today!

Handheld grinding systems are undoubtedly ideal for carrying out jobs in smaller and inaccessible areas due to their lightweight nature and the fact that they are so easy to carry around.

They’re ideal for reaching corners and smaller areas that the walk-behind machine cannot get to, another key factor that makes them so popular.

With this in mind, we are going to talk you through what you need to know about using a concrete handheld grinder in terms of safety, what purposes we’d recommend them being used for and why it may well be the ideal piece of flooring equipment for you.

Handheld concrete grinders, if not used safely, can be incredibly dangerous. When they are being used, some precautions that need to be taken include wearing safety clothing, checking the condition of the hand grinder before using it, choosing the proper tool attachments, and handling the grinder as instructed.

Purposes

For small areas such as a garage floor or a piece of concrete furniture then a handheld concrete grinder is a brilliant solution. A few other common uses for this type of grinder include:

  • Cutting and grinding iron, steel and other metals, bricks and stones and rusted bolts
  • Cutting up stuff for disposal in the trash
  • Sharpening blades
  • Metalworking and construction
  • Emergency rescues
  • Metal cleaning
  • Stripping, cleaning and deburring tasks
  • Restoring edges on rough tools like hoes

Handheld Concrete Grinders are often workshops, service garages as well as auto body repair shops. Construction workers and contractors frequently use them for preparation and maintenance tasks. These are also easy to store pretty much anywhere in your home, garage, storage closet, workshops or businesses for any given purpose, including DIY or even crafts.

At Concept Flooring Technology, we have a range of high-quality flooring machinery for hire including

handheld grinders including the 180MM Hitachi G23SC3, ideal for reaching smaller, enclosed areas. Or the 125MM Makita Planer PC5000, which comes with a variable speed, along with an anti-restart function.

To find out more about our products and services, please feel free to contact us today. You can reach us on 01494 485952 or email us at enquiries@conceptft.com. We’d be delighted to help with any enquiries you may have.

Getting rid of dust appropriately and safely is crucial when preparing commercial flooring for any kind of project. Although dust may not seem particularly dangerous, this isn’t exactly the case. Even a tiny amount of dust that is inhaled can cause a great deal of harm. This is why using Extraction equipment will lower the amount of dust in the atmosphere and in turn, the amount you could potentially inhale.

With this in mind, we are going to run through necessary safety precautions relating to dust, when using scabbling or grinding equipment. Let’s get started.

Assessing Your Environment

Scabbling and grinding concrete or other construction materials is a process that is undoubtedly going to produce high levels of dust. If you were to inhale any of this dust, your respiratory system is going to be harmed. The individual using the grinder will be at the highest risk.

Controlling Risk Hazards

Prevention is the greatest cure in terms of safety and this is very much the case in terms of limiting the risk hazards involved with concrete grinding.

You can go about limiting the risks involved in this process for even beginning. For example, this would consist of:

  • Identifying architectural finishes that do not need scabbling
  • Using high-pressure water jetting
  • Using chemical retarders and pressure washing
  • casting in proprietary joint formers, for example, mesh formwork

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)

By the nature of the work you’ll be carrying out, you’re going to need respiratory protective equipment. You’ll need to have RPE with an assigned protection factor of 20. For example, an FFP3 disposable mask or half mask with a P3 filter.

You need to ensure that your RPE is also compatible with other items of personal protective equipment you will be using. For more extensive work that is likely to take over an hour,

You may wish to use powered RPE, this works by utilizing powered respirators – using a motor to pass air through the filter to provide a supply of clean air to the wearer.

Supervision

Ensure controls are properly used and RPE is worn in the correct manner. Ideally, anyone using tight-fitting masks will be clean-shaven and face-fit tested.

Monitoring

You may be required to have a health surveillance programme carried out. Health surveillance is a system of ongoing health checks required by law for employees who are exposed to noise or vibration, ionising radiation, solvents, fumes, dust, biological agents and any kind of substances that are hazardous to health.

At Concept Flooring Technology, we provide a wide range of flooring machinery available for hire as well as dust extractors. Safety is paramount when operating flooring machinery, this is why our knowledgeable team will help you find the right equipment to get the job done. Get in touch with us today for further information about how we can help you.

Flooring is subject to a lot of wear and tear, especially in high traffic areas like hallways or the floors of commercial buildings. Flooring is built to last, but sometimes what’s laid down, must come up. Flooring can be removed for many reasons; from changing the aesthetic look of a building, to an issue with the adhesive or sub layer.

If you’re looking to remove flooring, you’ll need the right machinery for the job. A floor stripping machine can be used to remove several different flooring materials, so if you want to know more about this machinery, how it works and the benefits, read on.

What is a floor stripper used for?

A floor stripper is a rotary driven floor machine that’s powerful enough to remove the top layer from a floor’s surface. Floor strippers can be used on a range of different flooring materials, including carpet, vinyl, rubber, wood and ceramic tiles. Floor stripping can be a one or two step process, starting with the removal of soft flooring.

The machinery can also be used to remove adhesive or a sub layer; for example, you can use a floor stripper to remove old shellac or varnish from wooden floors, or paint from cement floors. The flooring is then ready to be treated with a new adhesive, varnish or paint.

When should I hire a floor stripper?

If you need to remove a layer of soft flooring or adhesive, a floor stripping machine is for you! As mentioned, a floor stripper can be used to remove a range of different materials or to prepare a surface for a new coating. There are many different reasons to use a floor stripper; you might want to improve the aesthetic appearance of a floor, remove build ups of adhesive or varnish, or address a sub layer failure.

Floor strippers come in different sizes and you can choose between a walk behind machine or a ride on model. The type you choose will depend on the size of the area you want to remove, the type of flooring and the power you have access to. It’s best to choose a ride on machine for larger areas and a smaller, walk behind model for smaller areas in offices or schools.

How they work

Floor strippers use rotary blades to gently remove the top layer of flooring material, without damaging the floor underneath. Blades are available in different configurations and thicknesses, depending on the type of flooring you want to remove. If you’re removing flooring like vinyl or carpet, it’s important to slice the material into strips first. This makes the flooring much easier to remove and it ensures that the blades can reach underneath the material.

Some floor stripper machines use chemicals to help remove the top layer of flooring. However, a process known as ‘dry stripping’ is generally considered easier and less time consuming. Dry stripping works by using friction from rotating blades to remove the top surface of a floor, effectively sanding it away.

If you do use a chemical floor stripper, it’s essential to make sure that each floor substrate is compatible with the stripping product, to avoid damaging the floor. The chemicals must also be properly diluted, as too much can damage floors or permanently bleach them.

The benefits of floor stripper machines

There are many benefits to using a floor stripping machine and they’re a highly effective way to transform the look of your flooring. See below to find out more about the benefits of this machinery.

Versatile

Floor stripping machines are very versatile and they can be used on a wide range of different flooring materials. These machines are suitable for stripping carpet, rubber, vinyl, ceramic tiles and more. There’s no need to use a different machine for every surface, the only thing that might need changing is the size or thickness of the blades. Most machines can accommodate a lot of different blade sizes so you can switch things up, depending on the job.

Improves the look of flooring

Flooring can become dull and discoloured over time, either because of general wear or tear, or layers of varnish or another finish that have built up and trapped dust and dirt. A floor stripper will remove the dirty or discoloured top layer of your flooring to reveal the fresh flooring underneath. This is a great way to improve the look of your flooring, remove dirt and prepare the flooring for a new coat of varnish, adhesive or paint.

Save time and money

Floor stripping machines are a much easier way to remove finishes from floors than using stripping compounds. Often, the compounds can be quite expensive, and may require multiple applications. Removal of the compound can also get quite messy in some cases, but a floor stripping machine is effective and mess-free. It’s also much quicker in comparison to manually applying a compound, saving you time and money on your next project.

How to safely use a floor stripper

It’s essential to make sure that anyone operating the machinery is fully trained and aware of how to safely use a floor stripper. Always read the user manual thoroughly before you begin and provide additional training for staff if necessary. If you’re not confident using a floor stripping machine, it’s better to hire a professional company who can operate the machinery for you. See below for some more tips to ensure you stay safe when using a floor stripper.

Regular maintenance

Regular maintenance will help your machine last longer and ensure that it’s safe to use. Maintenance should always be carried out by qualified personnel, but if you choose to hire a floor stripping machine, you can be confident that the equipment will be maintained to a high standard.

Maintenance might include lubricating the swing bolts from time to time and changing the blades to make sure they’re always sharp.

Wear the right PPE

It’s important to wear the right PPE when operating a floor stripping machine. Anyone using a floor stripper should wear ear protection, safety gloves, eye goggles and a safety mask to protect the user from airborne contaminants. All personnel in the work area (including the operator) should also wear a hard hat to protect them from flying debris.

Always ensure proper ventilation

Some floor stripping machines are powered by propane engines, which generate carbon monoxide while in use. Ventilators must be used when operating the machine in an enclosed space, as well as carbon monoxide monitoring.

Transporting the machine

Always remove the blade before transporting the machine, to avoid causing harm or danger. Floor stripping machines should also never be transported unless the wheels have been blocked, to prevent the machine from moving on its own. You’ll also need to disconnect the power supply and the plug of the clutch before removing the handle. This helps to avoid damage to the hydraulics.

Floor stripping machines for hire from Concept Flooring Technology

If you’re looking to hire a floor stripper for your next project, get in touch with the experts at Concept Flooring Technology. Our machines can be used for tile stripping, carpet, vinyl and many other flooring materials. All models are powerful for rapid floor removal, while still being compact enough to fit through a standard doorway. We offer both ride on and walk behind models, as well as a range of other machinery for all your flooring needs. Whether you need a floor grinder, sanding machine hire, cleaning machines, polishers and more, we can help.

Unsure which machinery you need? Our team is happy to help, so give us a call today. We can offer advice on all machines to hire, as well as which consumables will be best to achieve your required finish. For more information, call us on 01494 485952 or contact us online.

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