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NorthStarPro

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Hi all.

I'm currently working in a VCT job that has become a nightmare.

The current floor is 6500 square feet of grocery space. The VCT looks to have lost the entire upper hard surface and is starting to powder due to excessive use. These tiles are thirsty and soak up the water, stripper and finish like crazy.

Should these floors be replaced?

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floorclean

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Get the dirt off (and wax ) as best you can. Get the highest grad stripper available and pour it directly on to the floor. POOL IT and don’t let it dry. Let us sit for about 45 mins then level it our. Picking up the excessive amount. The. Put on four or five “normal coats” then four coats of your finish. It should be fine following this procedure.
 

NorthStarPro

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Get the dirt off (and wax ) as best you can. Get the highest grad stripper available and pour it directly on to the floor. POOL IT and don’t let it dry. Let us sit for about 45 mins then level it our. Picking up the excessive amount. The. Put on four or five “normal coats” then four coats of your finish. It should be fine following this procedure.
There is not much wax on these floors. The tiles are dirty but specifically, a god amount of tile has been work away. The bare tile is very soft powdery and I don't think stripper will help. I'm more concerned about telling my client to replace his floor or me killing myself on this job.
 

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There is not much wax on these floors. The tiles are dirty but specifically, a god amount of tile has been work away. The bare tile is very soft powdery and I don't think stripper will help. I'm more concerned about telling my client to replace his floor or me killing myself on this job.
You asked, I advised. Not sure why you posted if you just want the floor replaced.
 
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NorthStarPro

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You asked, I advised. Not sure why you posted if you just want the floor replaced.
I'm sorry. Perhaps I didn't explain thoroughly enough?

The tiles are thirsty. There is no finish on these floors, just years of grime. The tile surface has been ground down due to age and traffic. The tiles have lost the natural protective layer (wear layer) and some places have been ground down to the pattern layer. Basically if you keep sweeping, the floor comes up.as powder.

I have already invested 45 hrs of labour into only 1000 square ft.

My question was, should I go about refinishing or tell the customer to replace the flooring?

I figure it would need to take 6-10 coats of finish to put a hard enough surface on this floor. Going forward is this even viable if the client will not take care of the floor?

I'm not trying to be difficult or ungrateful for advice. I just don't think stripping the floor would be helpful.

Thanks.