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Friday, November 21, 2014

Question

What are the best maintenance methods for hard wood gym floors and what equipment do I need?


Answer

The first goal is to keep all abrasive materials off the floor to avoid damage. Use track off matting at entries. Require clean soft soled footwear for gym users and provide mats for others walking to seating for games and events.
Wide area treated dust mops are assets and microfiber dust mops will do a good job as well. Wood floors, even sealed ones, donít like a lot of water dumped on them so use scrub machines infrequently and with light solution flows. Damp mopping can handle most small pickups from spills.
For a complete review from one of the premier gym floor finish companies see:
www.hillyard.com/images/pdfs/WoodGymHigh.pdf
Other good sources of wood floor maintenance info include:
www.basiccoating.com
www.bonakemi.com

Lynn E. Krafft, ATEX/ICAN Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com