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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Wax/grease pencil usage

June 15, 2011
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I am interested in using a wax or grease pencil to mark layers of finish on VCT. It is my understanding that Wal-Mart uses this procedure to alert their floor care technicians that a floor is in need of a scrub and top coating. The pencil marking is visible to the trained eye only. I’m not sure what color and would like to know more about the process and if anyone uses this.
The answer:
We recommend putting down your base coat(s) and marking the top base coat with a red marking pencil. Then put down another coat and mark it with a yellow marking pencil. Put down another coat and mark it with a green marking pencil. Put down as many additional coats as necessary.
Train your employees to look for the three dots as they scrub the floor. If they see the green dot they scrub and go. If they don’t see ... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.
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