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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Floor Care

May 13, 2010
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Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I just completed a project where we had to scrub & finish 150,000 square feet of VCT but only in 5,000 square foot sections due to it being a construction remodel with gondolas and what not being moved and repositioned. Do you have any tips on cutting and/or blending the lines? The finish provided by the big box retailer was from SC Johnson, one of their high maintenance, high gloss finishes. When we’re able to do complete stores in a matter of a couple of nights, we usually overlap our stripping, under lap our finishing, and than are able to connect on the next night with minimal lines. This....was another story, help! We’re bidding on a lot of these projects and though it was quite profitable, I’m always looking to excel.
The answer:
If over-lapping the stripping and under-lapping the finishing does not work, your next best solution is to tape cardboard to the floor along your cutoff line. Apply 3 inch wide masking tape to cardboard that is 2 feet wide. Make sure the tape cuts an exact line along the side of the tile. Go easy on the scrub operation...
Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
(719) 598-5112
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