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Friday's Ask the Experts: Polishing procedures

January 14, 2011
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Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I was recently bidding on an auto dealership and the competition stated that they would use a three-step process which included "polishing" the new finish immediately after laying it so that the brand new floor would shine more. I stated that the "polishing" or high-speed burnishing is not necessary immediately after you apply finish. It is more of a maintenance procedure. Who is correct?
The answer:
I have found that burnishing the bare floor, before you apply the first coat of finish smoothes the floor which was "roughed up" by the strip pad. This extra process does improve the gloss of subsequent coats, but is not necessarily in every case.
Although I have often heard that same statement, I have tried it personally with several floor finishes and found that it only slightly improved the appearance. Additionally
... Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.
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