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Monday's Ask the Experts: Cleaning Procedures

July 12, 2010
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Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I have a marble floor that has floor finish on it. The building owner wants us to "strip and wax it". I told him he should restore it by a restoration company, but he doesn’t want the expense. He wants me to handle it. Should I strip and seal it with a sealer, or strip and polish it?
The answer:
No easy answer here. In most cases you would not want strip and apply a topical sealer or finish to a natural stone floor. If a sealer is used it should be a penetrating or impregnator type sealer made for stone. However being the floor has a topical sealer/finish on it now, it should be removed or at least scrubbed and recoated. This isn''t what we like to do to a natural stone floor, but considering what has been done in the past and what your customer wants, it may be what you''ll have to do. If more than scrubbing...
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com
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