This article was originally published by Clean Link
By Louie E. Davis Jr.
Most facilities do not employ personnel with the knowledge necessary to properly refinish wooden gymnasium floors.
“Twenty years ago over half the coaches were trained to recoat gym floors but that is now a dying art,” says John Prater, president of Praters Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn.
Facility managers now depend on outside contractors to perform this vital function. Gym floors present a great opportunity to increase sales and gross profit margins for building service contractors willing to thoroughly educate themselves.
The most frequent function performed by contractors is recoating. Wood floor coatings are very durable but do wear with time so most institutions budget one recoating annually.
Screening the floor is the first step in the recoating process. Begin by inspecting the floor carefully and removing any gum or foreign matter. Dust mopping is then performed to remove loose dirt and debris. Treat the dust mop with a water-based treatment.
Louie E. Davis Jr. is a jan/san industry veteran and freelance writer based in Birmingham, Ala.