Flagstone? I thought that was just outdoor material people used by the pool or on walkways? Nope. Flagstone can be found just about anywhere and can be found in many homes around the valley.
Flagstone, like many other stones, is a very porous material. For that reason, a topical coating is generally applied to interior installations making it easier to clean and harder to stain. We are occasionally called out to inspect flagstone floors that have had rugs with rubber backings stuck to the floor or, in this case, tape that peeled the finish from the flagstone…
In the above picture, a painter used masking tape to mask off the floors not realizing it would pull the coating off of the floor once he pulled up his tape. This is now a nightmare for both the homeowner and the painter. The only way to fix this mistake is to completely strip the flagstone coating from the floor, clean it and re-coat it. This gets to be expensive if you have a large amount of flagstone. The problem with stripping is that you can’t just strip one area. If it connects, it all has to be done. If the mistake only happened in a master bathroom then only the master bathroom would have to be stripped etc… see Flagstone Cleaning Services page for additional information.
In the end, removing a flagstone coating is best left to the professionals. It’s a messy job and extremely labor intensive. To really do it right, you must have the proper tools and know how. Also note that after applying the flagstone coating you must leave your furniture off the floor for 24 hours to allow the coating to dry. If you do not, your furniture could fuse itself to the floor. 🙂
Hopefully this post comes to mind the next time you are considering masking tape near your flagstone coating.