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Friday's Ask the Experts: Average speed to strip and refinish floors

January 29, 2010
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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: For some time, I have been conducting time studies on the amount of square footage that can be stripped and refinished by our team members. I have seen several articles on benchmarking, but no one comes out and says, "On average, you should be able to complete xxxx square feet per eight hour shift." Is there an industry standard that would provide that? Granted, there are a number of variables (well, a lot), but on average, with average equipment and ample materials, what can be expected from a team of floor care techs?
The answer:
There are probably too many variable factors from floor to floor and building to building to establish an average stripping number that reflects reality. The supervision and workers'' skills and dedication vary on each project. The temperature and relative humidity affects work times, drying time, evaporation of stripper, etc. One floor has eleven coats of finish with build-up while the floor above has scarcely three coats and no build-up.
The closest thing to industry times standards are ... — John Walker, president, ManageMen Inc.; founder, Janitor University; former ISSA director of Education and Training
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