Floor Care topics including floor finishing and stripping. Mopping, cleaning, floor machines, dust mops, matting and hard floor issues.

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Burnishing Floor Finish A Quick Guide

Floor Burnishing

The best way to maintain floor finish shine is high-speed burnishing. Floor burnishing is done with a rotary machine that has a pad turning speed of more than 1000 rpm but more commonly done at 1500 to 2000 rpm. Burnishing floor finish is helpful for two reasons.

First it makes floor finish shine but more important, it makes the floor easier to keep clean. This is because it smooths out the scratches in the floor, removing areas for dirt to settle. Once dirt gets is in the scratches, it is difficult for regular cleaning to remove and with foot traffic will continue to further scratch the floor. This will damage the floor finish shine. Read more

Floor Finish Shine

Floor Finish Shine How It Works

How Does Floor Finish Shine? In another post, I talked about floor finish solids and what they really are. In this one, I will cover why floor finish shines. Floor finish shine is a result of nothing more than the reflection of light on a smooth surface. Getting a floor to have a glossy, wet look is a challenge for many in the floor care industry. This may shed some light (pun intended) on the reasons your floors look dull.

Before we can prescribe a fix for your dull floor, we must establish an understanding of how floor finish shine happens and why floors need finish in the first place. Read more

Floor Finish Solids Wax Solids

Floor Finish Solids Explained

What Are Floor Finish Solids Anyway?

Floor finish solids are an extremely important part of any floor finish. In fact, the solids are really all that is used after floor finish is applied.

The solids are the plastic or polymer molecules that are left on the floor when you apply finish and can have a big impact on the performance of the finish. The size and make up of these polymer molecules can very from brand to brand and can require different types of maintenance. Chemical liquids such as water, emulsifiers, wetting and leveling agents make up the remainder of the floor finish content. But in the end though, the solids are what make up to protective coating that you rely on.  Read more

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Backpack Vacuums Not Back Pain Vacuums

Don’t Backpack Vacuums Hurt Your Back?

When asked this question, I always have to laugh and tell my soon to be famous story of the lady that worked for me cleaning offices and her experience with backpack vacuums. She was constantly having back and arm pain. Read more

dirty carpet

What Does Dirty Carpet Look Like?

I have always been told about the how dirty carpet causes damage to the structure of the carpet itself, but I had never actually seen it. While it just makes sense that abrasive soil and sand grind away at the plastic fibers, I am from Missouri and I have to see it for myself.

dirty carpet up closeUsing a microscope, I took some pictures of well used carpet. To put it lightly, I was amazed at what dirty carpet looked like up close. Jagged edges, debris, and broken fibers were prevalent through-out the entire carpet.

Vacuuming To Prevent Dirty Carpet

Keeping this kind of damage to a minimum starts with vacuuming. Not just any vacuuming but consistent, overall vacuuming.

Most people focus on the dirt they can see when vacuuming. It is best for the carpet to vacuum the entire area. Dirt gets trapped deep in the carpeting. As foot traffic pounds away, the dirt gets packed into the base of the carpeting. This forms a layer of dirt that grinds away at the carpet fibers. As the carpet fibers break, the overall appearance of the flooring is diminished. Therefore, the carpet is damaged, and damaged carpet cannot be fixed.

Regular vacuuming will keep this dirt from building up and add to the life of the carpet.

Choosing The Right Vacuum Cleaner

The performance and efficiency of your vacuum cleaner plays a key role in the life of your carpet. By using vacuums with higher air flow or cubic feet per minute and superior filtration, more dirt is removed from carpet. Any vacuum can pick up visible dirt. For the best results, use one that will get the dirt you cannot see.

There are many types of vacuum cleaners. It is personal preference and facility demands that decide which types you should consider when selecting a vacuum cleaner. On board tools and size are important to some but noise levels, capacity and portability may be important too others.

The important thing is to remember to use it often. Staying in control of the dirt is what makes any vacuuming program successful. Keep in mind, dirty carpet takes more vacuuming than you may think!

How Many Coats of Floor Finish?

How Many Coats of Floor Finish Do You Need?

I am always getting the question “How many floor finish coats do I need to properly protect floors?”

I have always used  4-6 coats as my standard answer. This comes from experience and the manufactures guidelines. Read more

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Square Scrubber Floor Stripping 101

The idea of a square floor scrubber has been around for decades with limited success. The concept was good but not good enough to change the way the cleaning industry operates. This is quickly changing thanks to the pairing of square scrubber floor stripping with abrasive pad technology. This process mechanically removes floor finish without the need for hazardous chemical strippers. Read more

water base gym finish

Why You Want To Use Water Base Gym Finish

Water base gym finish has many advantages that make it an attractive option when refinishing your basketball hardwood courts, but understanding these benefits and making sure they are the right choice for your gym floor maintenance program is a must. Read more

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Cleaning Up Close: Gym Floor Finish

Refinishing gym floors is a very labor and time intensive process. I wanted to understand the effects of use on gym floor finish and how the damage to the surface caused the floor to lose it’s shine. I had an opportunity to take a closer look at a floor using a microscope at 400x magnification. I was surprised at what I saw. Read more

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6 Back Pack Vacuum Advantages You May Not Realize

Do you use a back pack vacuum? You should be. There are many back pack vacuum advantages that many have yet to adopt.

The concept of the back pack vacuum is very simple. There is a canister that contains a motor, filters and collection bag. This is connected to a light weight wand by way of a hose. The wand typically has a floor tool attached that swivels. Once you place the canister on your back with the shoulder straps all you have to do is adjust the fit to be comfortable and start vacuuming. Read more