Strip Floors Less Often—Daily maintenance, matting and chemical-free scrubbing all help reduce the need for floor stripping
This article was originally published by Clean Link
By Kassandra Kania
Stripping and recoating hard floors is both costly and labor-intensive. And with limited resources, end users are relying on distributors to help them develop programs that allow them to strip floors less often. Daily maintenance, matting and interval scrubbing all help to improve the floor’s appearance and keep it looking good for as long as possible.
“For years, customers accepted the fact that floors had to be completely stripped and recoated after a certain period of time,” says Chris Martini, director of marketing and special projects for Central Sanitary Supply in Modesto, Calif.
Recently, however, Martini has noticed a change in attitude toward the stripping and recoating cycle.
“The mentality is shifting toward a scrub and recoat process and a focus on how we maintain the floor in between, as well as how we prevent dirt from getting on that floor finish to begin with,” he says.
Distributors agree that an effective daily maintenance program is the first line of defense in reducing the need to strip floors.
“A good floor care program always begins with the daily,” says Jeff Zluticky, senior territory manager for Massco, Wichita, Kan. “As a general rule, I recommend that you dust mop and autoscrub floors daily. If you can’t autoscrub, I recommend that you wet mop the floor.”
Zluticky advises customers to use microfiber dust mops to remove soil. He also suggests using cold water and a good neutral cleaner for daily scrubbing. But most importantly, he urges customers to stick to their maintenance schedule.
“If they can’t [clean floors] every day, then they should have some kind of schedule to keep it clean,” Zluticky says. “So many times people ask their floor finish to do too much. They put down a few new coats and say, ‘We’re going to abuse you, and we’re not going to clean you very well, but, by golly, we want you to look good for six months.’ We need to be fair to the finish and give it the help it needs to look good.”
Bill Allen, a sales rep for Fagan Sanitary Supply, West Elizabeth, Pa., has helped customers improve their floor care program by changing their dust removal procedure.
“By going to a backpack vacuum with an attachment for hard floors, customers can collect close to 100 percent of dust and debris,” Allen says.
Allen recommends using the least-aggressive pad possible when autoscrubbing and a neutral-pH, green-certified chemicals to clean floors, whether autoscrubbing or wet-mopping.
Kassandra Kania is a freelance writer based in Charlotte, N.C. She is a frequent contributor to Sanitary Maintenance.