It is a very common issue in floor care… how to remove black scuff marks from shoes on finished floors. Lets face it, you see them on almost every finished floor. Nothing is more frustrating than to take the time to get a floor looking great with high shine and then walk in only to see back scuff marks everywhere. Read more
Is using a 25 percent solids floor finish a good option for you? High solids floor coatings have become very popular. But with the higher cost and reputation for difficult application, are they really worth it?
A while back I wrote a post about how many coats of floor finish you should use to protect vinyl 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
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 lack of understanding is due to a few common misconceptions.
Although there have been many that have written on the topic, it seems few get it right. I will try to clear it all up for you. Read more
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
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
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
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
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