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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Heeling

June 06, 2012
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Can you send a procedure for the proper method to "heel" a swing machine? Can you provide me the name of a swing machine/floor scrubber that has an operating manual that addresses how to use the machine to "heel"? Can you provide me the name of a machine that will remove stubborn marks, scuff marks in VCT and vinyl flooring?

The answer:

Here is a sound definition of heeling from Coastwide® Labs. Heeling- Technique of applying pressure to the edge of a floor machine and pad to remove stubborn marks and scuffs. Care should be taken to avoid burning or damaging the floor surface when using this technique. This should only be done when using 175 rpm or less machines.
Here is my procedure for heeling.
1) Have in place the proper pad or brush in place on the correct ,machine for the operation you are performing.
2) Using the basic handle movement of Raise-Right, Lower-Left to control machine motion, move the machine to the spot needing the additional pressure and friction created by heeling.
3) Since the pressure is going to be on ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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