When concrete sealer becomes damaged it will have to be removed. Stripping concrete sealer can seem like an intimidating job, but it can be done in an easy and eco-friendly way by using the right products.
Soy or Citrus Removal
Chemical removal is the quickest and easiest way to remove a concrete sealer. Harsh chemicals are hazardous to people and the environment, so an eco-friendly choice is to use a soy- or citrus-based stripper. They take a little longer to work, but they are much less harmful.
Step 1 - Clean Floor
Clean concrete with 1 part citrus-based degreaser to 2 parts water. Rinse well and let dry 48 hours.
Step 2 - Apply Stripper
Use a long-handled paint roller with a fine nap paint roll to apply a thick coating of soy or citrus-based concrete sealer stripper. Allow it to work for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 3 - Scrape Off Sealer
Use a putty knife to scrape up the loosened sealer and throw away the debris.
Step 4 - Clean Concrete
Clean the concrete with soap and water to remove any remaining sealer and debris. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and allow it to dry for several days before reapplying sealer.