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ICAN/ATEX: What are the proper procedures for finishing the floor surface in a school?

April 1, 2014

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I know the procedures for stripping/finishing floors, but everyone has his own idea of sealant/finishing procedures.

In a school setting, once the floor has been stripped, what are the PROPER procedures for finishing the floor surface?

Tuesday’s Answer:

There are different approaches to applying floor finish, which may vary depending upon the size of the rooms, equipment available, type of finish used, and overall job conditions.

For a school, this would be my preferred method:
  1. Never lay floor finish unless 100% of the wasted stripper has been removed from the floor, baseboards, and doors. Once you lay finish, it is too late to remove the unsightly residue. Final rinsing assumes that all traces of debris and stripper has been scraped and thoroughly rinsed.
  2. Using a clean dust mop head, dust mop the floor with either a microfiber head or a regular head treated as a tack rag. To tack the head, lightly spray it with a trigger sprayer turned to maximum mist and use the floor finish straight in the spray bottle. Do not over-wet the head, or you will deposit small traces of wet finish on the floor. About three sprays on a 36” head for each classroom is about right. The objective is to  ... Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.

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