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Tuesday's Ask the Experts: Hard floor care

December 15, 2009
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Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Can you explain the "negative aspects" of applying floor finish on a weekly basis, as well as using a neutral floor cleaner on a daily basis? This is the expectation of a high-ranking facility official.
The answer:
Neutral cleaner is formulated to aid in the cleaning of finished floors without damaging the finish. Daily use of a properly diluted solution of neutral cleaner will facilitate soil removal and cause no harm to the floor when used in a mopping program or by non-abrasive auto scrubbers.
Applying finish to the same floor weekly will lead to a serious and wasteful build-up in a matter of a few months. It is certainly expensive to place 50+ coats of finish a year, obviously unnecessary, and even more expensive in terms of the time and wasted material involved in removing the excess by stripping. Not to mention the un-green aspect of so much needless waste and pollution.
Sealed-in soils ruin the clear appearance of the floor, so scrubbing and rinsing before finishing can’t be skipped. Add more time and cost to this overly frequent finish application.
Many people think that adding coats of finish to floors is the way to keep them looking good. They are unaware that wise floor maintenance is what keeps up the appearance. Proper daily cleaning... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
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