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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Floor care times

June 17, 2009
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I would like to know the time standards for stripping and finishing floors, and for top scrubbing floors, and a time standard breakdown of the entire floor care procedure. What the best practice to figure how many square feet can be done in a day?
The answer:
The ISSA 447 Times booklet gives “standard” times for these operations, but these must be used with caution.
For example, the strip production rate for a 17-inch rotary and wet vac pickup is around 750 square feet per hour.
However, excessive buildup of finish requiring a second stripper application, more dwell time, another agitation, and another pickup will double the suggested time spent and drop the production to 375 square feet per hour or less.
And stripping is not just putting down solution and removing the loosened finish. The area must be first cleared of as much furniture as possible and the floor must be swept or vacuumed to remove grit and dust.
Then, there is the matter of drying times which vary due to ...Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX associate editor, lekrafft@juno.com
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