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Monday's Ask the Experts: Strip and refinish

December 14, 2009
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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: We have 42,000 square feet to be stripped and refinished, some areas once a year, others biannually. At least two coats of sealant and at least three coats of finish, six coats total. How many workers would I need, how much time to do the work and how much time for each worker in hours? Amount of stripper, sealer and finish?
The answer:
There are several variables that will affect your production time — including the experience of your crew. JanBid Estimating Solutions shows five additional variables that will also affect your job time.
They are: Size and speed of your machines (such as an 18-inch floor machine and a wet vac, or a 30-inch counter rotating propane stripping machine and large autoscrubbers); amount of furniture to move; edge buildup and discoloration; approximate number of coats of finish or buildup (five or 15); and if the floor is primarily one large area or comprised of small and congested rooms.
With this in mind, your labor could run as high as ...Gary Clipperton, National Pro Clean Corporation
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