Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on theInternational Custodial Advisors Network(ICAN)"Ask the Experts"page:We are stripping and refinishing 3500 square feet of vinyl composition tile (VCT) in a doctor''s office. We have been charging .25 cents per square foot. We put down four coats of Phazer™ Multi 25 floor finish. We use the Phazer™ system which applies heavier coats of finish at the rate of 2 gallons for 1300 feet or 35 percent heavier than conventional finish applied with a mop and bucket. Four coats of finish applied in this manner leaves 135 percent of the polymers on the floor. At 25 cents per square foot we barely break even. What would you suggest for a square footage price?
For those readers who don’t know, Phazer™ is a back pack finish application system from Ecolab® and the finish you describe is the one recommended for the application device. Moving on from there, Unisource® sells Multi 25 on its website for $70 per gallon. Here are some facts about the product from Ecolab''s MSDS. It has a coverage of 1000 to 1600 square feet per gallon, with one coat equaling two coats of conventional finish due to the high solids (25 percent) and the product''s ability to be placed in heavier coats than would normally ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor