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25 Percent Solids Floor Finish

25 Percent Solids Floor Finish. A Closer Look

Is using a 25 percent solids floor finish a good option for you?

A while back I wrote a post about how many coats of floor finish you should use to protect vinyl composite tile floors. In this post, I used images taken with a microscope at 400x magnification. With these pictures, it was easy to see how thin layers of floor finish first filled in the pores and then created a protective layer on top of the tile.

As stated in the original article, I used a 20% solids floor finish for this demonstration. But not everyone uses these types of floor finish. There are many types of floor finishes. In fact, finishes with 25% solids have really started to take hold in the market and thus made me want to redo the experiment. But first, what is a 25 percent solids floor finish?  Read more

Floor Finish Yellows

Why Floor Finish Yellows and How To Fix It

When it comes to floor finish, by far the most wide-spread issue people have is “yellowing.” The bad news is that there are several reasons floor finish yellows, or becomes discolored. Because of the variety of causes, getting to the root of the issue can take some evaluation of processes and products. The good news though, for most of these, the solution is fairly simple.  But you must first diagnose the cause.

Nothing is more frustrating than spending time, money and effort of the refinishing process and the floor finish yellows. In spite of the amount of work you put into cleaning a floor, all it takes is one flawed step in the process to ruin or at least set back your efforts. Read more

reduce cleaning costs

Reduce Cleaning Costs By Improving Results

I saw this soap dispenser at a rec center a while back. I wondered if they even realized how much money it took to make it that dirty? They could easily reduce cleaning costs by improving their results.

If something isn’t working, or at least working well, money is being wasted. If continued, cost will keep going up. Cleaning budgets are always under attack mainly because it is not easy to justify the cost when the results are viewed as “good enough.” The long-term result of poor or improper cleaning are not always immediately obvious. But when they do become apparent, it is often too late and the cost of playing catch up is much higher. Read more

cleaning thoughts from BaldGuyClean

Cleaning Thoughts From The Bald Guy

I spend a lot of time thinking about cleaning. I do research. Put what I learn into practice. And I like to share my experiences. I wanted to share some of my cleaning thoughts because there is a bunch of scary information out there. Read more

Fixing Restroom Odors

Fixing Restroom Odor – Do You Know Where To Clean?

Do restroom odors indicate a lack of work? I don’t think so. I believe it is due to a lack of knowledge. It has been said many times that the quality of work trumps the quantity of work. Another favorite is work smart, not hard. Both of these are extremely evident in the world of cleaning. Hundreds of thousands of custodians, housekeepers and janitors go through the motions of cleaning, working hard everyday without accomplishing very much at all. This is not smart, but is it their fault? Fixing restroom odors is easy if you know where to clean.  Read more

Cleaning Blogs

9 Great Cleaning Blogs You May Not Know About

As the author of this and several other blogs, I am always looking for great examples of cleaning blogs. There are an estimated 1 million blogs started everyday, most left abandoned after a short time. The reason I chose to start writing a cleaning blog was because there were not many places on the web to find cleaning industry information that was not product based or supported. Although most of these blogs are connected to  products and/or services of some sort, they focus on and provide great information and experience. Please visit them and let them know what you think. Read more

Floor Sealer

Floor Sealer Debate – To Seal or Not To Seal

Do You Need To Use A Floor Sealer?

Here is one of the more common questions when it comes to finishing floors. Do you need to use a floor sealer? The debate goes back and forth on whether you need to use sealer on tile prior to applying finish. This debate is due to a few common misconceptions. Although there have been many that have written on the topic, it seems few get it right. 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

safe cleaning products

Are Biodegradable Cleaners Safe Cleaning Products?

Biodegradable is, by definition, made of substances that will decay relatively quickly as a result of bacteria breaking them down into elements such as carbon that are naturally recycled. Leaving little impact on the environment as a result. Safe cleaning products require more than just being biodegradable.

The claim “biodegradable” is being associated with environmentally friendly, or green cleaning products. In many cases they can be synonymous, but there are a lot exceptions. Many things that are biodegradable and natural and plant based and earth friendly and “green” are not friendly to our own personal environments. In the world of cleaning and green cleaning, several come to mind.

Not All ‘Natural’ Chemicals Are Safe Cleaning Products

d’Limonene is one of the first I think of. Back when I first started cleaning, we had a product that we called Sewer Sweet. It may have actually been called that but I never knew for sure. It seemed that the label had always eaten off by the product. It had a very strong orange smell. It was really greasy when you got it on your hands. (We rarely used gloves of any kind back then unless it was cold.)

It would cause our skin to tingle and if it was spilled on the ground, it would be slippery and was extremely difficult to wash away.  We poured from a 5 gallon metal container into a drinking cup to then be carried to a stinky storm or floor drain.

If we made it to the drain before the cup dissolved, it would then be poured down the drain, giving the area a fragrance of orange for a few hours until the foul odors returned. I know now it was a completely natural product called d’Limonene, which is oil that is extracted from the peal of citrus fruit.

Safe Cleaning Products and Not So Safe

Although  d’Limonene is a solvent that is much safer than most other chemical solvents and is much less toxic than compounds like mineral spirits but is classified as a skin irritant. It is biodegradable, but due to its low flash point, it must be treated as hazardous waste for disposal. It is also currently regulated by the E.P.A. as a VOC.  d’Limonene is an environmentally preferable product (EPP) when used as is or as part of an EPP formulation but has many precautions to follow when using it.

Using d-limonene can cause polymers to swell. Many plastic materials can be damaged by its use. This includes equipment seals made of rubber or Neoprene, which are the materials used in many types of cleaning equipment and tools. It can also damage many surfaces that are plastic based or polymer coated. (ie: floor finish, sealed stone and poly based fabrics)

It is suggested that when working with d-limonene, solvent-resistant gloves should be worn as well as eye protection. It will deplete the natural oils in your skin and will irritate your skin and can cause sever damage to your eyes if not flushed immediately.

There is no question that biodegradable cleaners in general are a better choice. With the evolution of technology, there are very effective products available that can give you good cleaning results. Be cautious though. Be sure to read the label and safety data sheet before using any chemical product.

Just don’t assume that because something is natural or biodegradable that it is safe. Safety first. Results second. And if those two check out, then the product will almost always comply with green cleaning standards. Green cleaning means not only safe cleaning products, but effective ones as well.

sticky floor
,

Why You Have Sticky Floor and How To Fix It

/
A sticky floor can be a very troublesome issue. It can seem like…
Neutralizer and neutral cleaner for floors
,

Cleaning Chemicals - Neutralizer or Neutral Cleaner?

/
It seems neutralizer and neutral cleaners get confused a lot.…
Cleaning Rubber Gym Floors
,

Cleaning Rubber Gym Floors

/
Rubber gym floors can be a great alternative to hardwood athletic…
Winter Floor Care Tips - Removing ice melt from floors

Winter Floor Care Tips

/
Having a  proactive winter floor care maintenance plan is great…
High Speed Burnisher
,

My First Experience With a High Speed Burnisher

/
It was late on a Friday and my boss at the time came to me with…
how to remove black scuff marks from shoes

My Take On Removing Black Scuff Marks

/
It is a very common issue in floor care... how to remove black…
25 Percent Solids Floor Finish
,

25 Percent Solids Floor Finish. A Closer Look

/
Is using a 25 percent solids floor finish a good option for you? A…
25 Percent Solids Floor Finish

25 Percent Solids Floor Finish. A Closer Look

Is using a 25 percent solids floor finish a good option for you?

A while back I wrote a post about how many coats of floor finish you should use to protect vinyl composite tile floors. In this post, I used images taken with a microscope at 400x magnification. With these pictures, it was easy to see how thin layers of floor finish first filled in the pores and then created a protective layer on top of the tile.

As stated in the original article, I used a 20% solids floor finish for this demonstration. But not everyone uses these types of floor finish. There are many types of floor finishes. In fact, finishes with 25% solids have really started to take hold in the market and thus made me want to redo the experiment. But first, what is a 25 percent solids floor finish?  Read more

Floor Finish Yellows

Why Floor Finish Yellows and How To Fix It

When it comes to floor finish, by far the most wide-spread issue people have is “yellowing.” The bad news is that there are several reasons floor finish yellows, or becomes discolored. Because of the variety of causes, getting to the root of the issue can take some evaluation of processes and products. The good news though, for most of these, the solution is fairly simple.  But you must first diagnose the cause.

Nothing is more frustrating than spending time, money and effort of the refinishing process and the floor finish yellows. In spite of the amount of work you put into cleaning a floor, all it takes is one flawed step in the process to ruin or at least set back your efforts. Read more

reduce cleaning costs

Reduce Cleaning Costs By Improving Results

I saw this soap dispenser at a rec center a while back. I wondered if they even realized how much money it took to make it that dirty? They could easily reduce cleaning costs by improving their results.

If something isn’t working, or at least working well, money is being wasted. If continued, cost will keep going up. Cleaning budgets are always under attack mainly because it is not easy to justify the cost when the results are viewed as “good enough.” The long-term result of poor or improper cleaning are not always immediately obvious. But when they do become apparent, it is often too late and the cost of playing catch up is much higher. Read more

cleaning thoughts from BaldGuyClean

Cleaning Thoughts From The Bald Guy

I spend a lot of time thinking about cleaning. I do research. Put what I learn into practice. And I like to share my experiences. I wanted to share some of my cleaning thoughts because there is a bunch of scary information out there. Read more

Fixing Restroom Odors

Fixing Restroom Odor – Do You Know Where To Clean?

Do restroom odors indicate a lack of work? I don’t think so. I believe it is due to a lack of knowledge. It has been said many times that the quality of work trumps the quantity of work. Another favorite is work smart, not hard. Both of these are extremely evident in the world of cleaning. Hundreds of thousands of custodians, housekeepers and janitors go through the motions of cleaning, working hard everyday without accomplishing very much at all. This is not smart, but is it their fault? Fixing restroom odors is easy if you know where to clean.  Read more

Cleaning Blogs

9 Great Cleaning Blogs You May Not Know About

As the author of this and several other blogs, I am always looking for great examples of cleaning blogs. There are an estimated 1 million blogs started everyday, most left abandoned after a short time. The reason I chose to start writing a cleaning blog was because there were not many places on the web to find cleaning industry information that was not product based or supported. Although most of these blogs are connected to  products and/or services of some sort, they focus on and provide great information and experience. Please visit them and let them know what you think. Read more

Floor Sealer

Floor Sealer Debate – To Seal or Not To Seal

Do You Need To Use A Floor Sealer?

Here is one of the more common questions when it comes to finishing floors. Do you need to use a floor sealer? The debate goes back and forth on whether you need to use sealer on tile prior to applying finish. This debate is due to a few common misconceptions. Although there have been many that have written on the topic, it seems few get it right. 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

safe cleaning products

Are Biodegradable Cleaners Safe Cleaning Products?

Biodegradable is, by definition, made of substances that will decay relatively quickly as a result of bacteria breaking them down into elements such as carbon that are naturally recycled. Leaving little impact on the environment as a result. Safe cleaning products require more than just being biodegradable.

The claim “biodegradable” is being associated with environmentally friendly, or green cleaning products. In many cases they can be synonymous, but there are a lot exceptions. Many things that are biodegradable and natural and plant based and earth friendly and “green” are not friendly to our own personal environments. In the world of cleaning and green cleaning, several come to mind.

Not All ‘Natural’ Chemicals Are Safe Cleaning Products

d’Limonene is one of the first I think of. Back when I first started cleaning, we had a product that we called Sewer Sweet. It may have actually been called that but I never knew for sure. It seemed that the label had always eaten off by the product. It had a very strong orange smell. It was really greasy when you got it on your hands. (We rarely used gloves of any kind back then unless it was cold.)

It would cause our skin to tingle and if it was spilled on the ground, it would be slippery and was extremely difficult to wash away.  We poured from a 5 gallon metal container into a drinking cup to then be carried to a stinky storm or floor drain.

If we made it to the drain before the cup dissolved, it would then be poured down the drain, giving the area a fragrance of orange for a few hours until the foul odors returned. I know now it was a completely natural product called d’Limonene, which is oil that is extracted from the peal of citrus fruit.

Safe Cleaning Products and Not So Safe

Although  d’Limonene is a solvent that is much safer than most other chemical solvents and is much less toxic than compounds like mineral spirits but is classified as a skin irritant. It is biodegradable, but due to its low flash point, it must be treated as hazardous waste for disposal. It is also currently regulated by the E.P.A. as a VOC.  d’Limonene is an environmentally preferable product (EPP) when used as is or as part of an EPP formulation but has many precautions to follow when using it.

Using d-limonene can cause polymers to swell. Many plastic materials can be damaged by its use. This includes equipment seals made of rubber or Neoprene, which are the materials used in many types of cleaning equipment and tools. It can also damage many surfaces that are plastic based or polymer coated. (ie: floor finish, sealed stone and poly based fabrics)

It is suggested that when working with d-limonene, solvent-resistant gloves should be worn as well as eye protection. It will deplete the natural oils in your skin and will irritate your skin and can cause sever damage to your eyes if not flushed immediately.

There is no question that biodegradable cleaners in general are a better choice. With the evolution of technology, there are very effective products available that can give you good cleaning results. Be cautious though. Be sure to read the label and safety data sheet before using any chemical product.

Just don’t assume that because something is natural or biodegradable that it is safe. Safety first. Results second. And if those two check out, then the product will almost always comply with green cleaning standards. Green cleaning means not only safe cleaning products, but effective ones as well.

sticky floor
,

Why You Have Sticky Floor and How To Fix It

/
A sticky floor can be a very troublesome issue. It can seem like…
Neutralizer and neutral cleaner for floors
,

Cleaning Chemicals - Neutralizer or Neutral Cleaner?

/
It seems neutralizer and neutral cleaners get confused a lot.…
Cleaning Rubber Gym Floors
,

Cleaning Rubber Gym Floors

/
Rubber gym floors can be a great alternative to hardwood athletic…
Winter Floor Care Tips - Removing ice melt from floors

Winter Floor Care Tips

/
Having a  proactive winter floor care maintenance plan is great…
High Speed Burnisher
,

My First Experience With a High Speed Burnisher

/
It was late on a Friday and my boss at the time came to me with…
how to remove black scuff marks from shoes

My Take On Removing Black Scuff Marks

/
It is a very common issue in floor care... how to remove black…
25 Percent Solids Floor Finish
,

25 Percent Solids Floor Finish. A Closer Look

/
Is using a 25 percent solids floor finish a good option for you? A…
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!