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Friday's Ask the Experts: Increasing efficiency

July 27, 2012
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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 new court house has terrazzo flooring as you enter each floor (there are 4 floors). I would estimate as much as 3000 sq. ft. per floor to maintain daily. What equipment would you recommend to increase efficiency for daily maintenance and also scheduled maintenance, as required. I know the right equipment will reduce the labor cost for maintaining the terrazzo and make time available for other duties.

The answer:

There are several factors to consider depending on what’s been done already. If the floor has a penetrating sealer applied and no topical finish or sealer applied, the best approach is to keep it that way and to use a combination of diamond impregnated floor pads and normal polishing pads under an auto-scrubber. By combination, I mean that once you get the shine established with the diamond pads, then, for daily cleaning, you use a white or soft hogshair pad and then, once a month or quarter or less, go back to ... — Bill Griffin, president of Cleaning Consultant Services Inc.

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