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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Cleaning dark flooring

September 09, 2010
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Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: We have black tile floors and no matter what we do we can not keep a wet-look shine on these floors. We are currently using Equinox (Pioneer) and buffing daily. We have been working on getting a shine for 8 months now, but cannot figure these floors out. They shine to a point, but we can’t seem to get a deep enough shine and once we mop them, it puts us back to square one. I have been doing floors for 26 years, so I have an extensive knowledge of floor care. All of my light colored floors look amazing. Is there a secret to maintaining black floors?
The answer:
The color should not matter. A shine is due to light reflection from a surface. While your finish may be smooth and clear, the actual floor surface may not be. Old, abraded tiles take on a dull look due to the uneven light reflection.
The tiles themselves must, then, be clean and smooth. You may wish to try a different seal under the finish coats. Or, more coats of sealer to smooth the surface. To suggest to an experienced floor person that there may be too little finish left to polish and that more coats need to be added may seem insulting, but buffing takes off finish and daily buffing takes off finish daily. Do a quick scrub and recoat in a limited area and lay down five or six ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
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