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Tuesday's Ask the Experts: Dull floor finish

September 1, 2009
Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Are there any secrets to using and applying a "green floor finish?" We are experiencing the finish drying too fast and it looks dull.
The answer:
The difference between "green" and regular floor finishes is that the more environmentally friendly ones do not use zinc in the formula since it is known to have adverse effects on the aquatic environment. They also limit volatile organic compounds (VOC) to make using them less of an indoor air quality (IAQ) issue. Some other chemicals may have been eliminated as well.
You may enjoy reading the Green Seal report at www.greenseal.org/resources/reports/CGR_floorcare.pdf.
The finish is drying too fast to do what? Level well? Form a film? What does the manufacturer say the normal drying ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX associate editor, lekrafft@juno.com
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