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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Resilient floor finish

April 26, 2012

Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Maintenance of resilient flooring in very busy kidney centers presents a real challenge. One must deal with spillage of saline solutions, dyes and use of various other chemicals/disinfectants which eat away the finish. What type of floor program best suits this situation?

The answer:

An Internet search for "chemical resistant finishes" will turn up a variety of sources for coatings with this property. However, most floors never see these specialty finishes applied. Instead, the familiar VCT is installed and the custodial staff is told to keep it looking good. Your floor finish supplier should be able to direct you to a finish that is formulated with these qualities in mind and that will at least reduce the maintenance needed to keep it looking good. Additionally, you may wish to consider using matting in those areas where the spillage is the most common and ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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