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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Paraffin buildup

August 2, 2012

Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Every quarter we scrub and recoat a histology dept.floor. They did not want to pay for strip and refinish. Their stations are caked with paraffin. I have used hot water in my floor machine tank with a degreaser with a black hi-pro pad. We scrape as much as we can. Our labor is about double but we cannot get all of the paraffin off. Any suggestions?

The answer:

I can offer a few. Avoid the degreaser since it will not dissolve the paraffin and reduces the friction generated by the black pad. And its high alkalinity may weaken your floor finish. Try a neutral cleaner for less mess. Prepare the floor by scraping it with a tool that allows you to stand and work a large area fairly quickly. A hair dryer will heat and loosen the paraffin, but the hot water ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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