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Friday's Ask the Experts: Cleaning tile flooring

September 17, 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: Our church is becoming busy and we have never had a "professional" custodian. In the past we have used volunteers to help with the cleaning. Now we need to strip and refinish a tile floor. What’s best to use after stripping, a liquid mopped on finish or a sprayed-on and buffed-in product?
The answer:
A programmed, progressive floor care approach will prove least costly and maintain superior appearance levels. Since you are starting with a total strip, I would apply 5-6 coats of finish and then maintain it with buffing or burnishing. The floor finish should be formulated for periodic burnishing. If you do not have a high-speed burnisher, you can use the standard 175 rpm floor machine. Purchase a premium restorer or spray buff compound along with a matching buff pad from your JanSan supplier.
Mop on the restorer and buff when dry, or use the spray-on product which is buffed in and buffed out. In other words, the first pass spreads the product across the tile and the following passes produce a shine. This process should ... — Gary Clipperton, National Pro Clean Corp.
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