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ICAN/ATEX: How can I maintain shine without damaging a sealer?

July 09, 2013
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Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

Tuesday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

We recently installed polished slate floors.

Which buffer or polisher would be best to maintain the shine without damaging the sealer?

Tuesday’s Answer:

If it is a topical sealer, it adheres to the surface of the slate and, usually, is itself protected by several coats of finish that are designed to take the traffic and wear and be repaired so the floor continues to look good.

If the sealer is a penetrating sealer, it is in the slate and should not be harmed by polishing even if there are no finish coats on the surface.

Any soft light colored polishing pad should work to bring out the shine without damaging the finish or the tile.

Do not use a scrub or ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor


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