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If you want to get your floors looking like new, buying a floor stripper is definitely a step in the right direction. These versatile machines can be used to remove the topmost layer from many different types of flooring leaving it ready to be polished. This buying guide explains floor stripper basics, including how much you can expect to pay for one.
Floor Strippers: An Overview
Floor strippers use rotating discs to remove a floor's finish. They are commonly used on:
- Wood: to remove wax and varnish
- Cement: to strip away paint, concrete floor wax, and other residue
- Tile: to remove wax and other finishes
- Stone: to remove wax, dirt, and grime
Most floor strippers on the market today can also function as floor buffers. Switching between stripping and buffing functions on these machines is as simple as changing the pads. Plus, once you have applied a new finish to your floors, the floor machine can be used to keep them looking great.
Depending on the type of flooring you have, it may need to be refinished as often as every five years. In high traffic areas, consider stripping and refinishing floors as often as it takes to keep them from becoming slippery and looking worn. If you have a warehouse, the appearance of your concrete floors may not be a priority. But, cracks and holes in the concrete can make for dangerous work conditions. No matter what surface you're refinishing, the use of a floor stripper will make the job easier and provide cleaner, safer surfaces.
Floor Stripper Sample Costs
- In general, new floor strippers cost approximately $500 to $5,000.
- For around $500 to $1,000,you can buy an electric floor stripper/floor wax remover
- Machine free (mop on) floor stripper might cost you around $1,000 per drum (55 gallons)
- A high-powered electric stripper/burnisher that is able to handle 25,000 square feet per hour costs roughly $3,000 to $4,000.
- A propane high-speed floor buffer/stripper might cost your about $3,000 to $5,000
- Other things you may want to consider purchasing for floor stripping include:
- Floor stripper solution costs around $5 to $25 per gallon
- Floor stripper pads costs approximately $25 to $75 per case
- Propane floor stripper brush costs $300 to $500 per brush