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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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My question is, why do I see a slightly gray foggy look in the floor finish now? Did I leave the burnisher on the floor too long? Not long enough? Did I not clean it properly before I started? It is about 4000 sq ft. What would I charge to maintain the floors every other week?


Answer

A burnisher remaining too long on one spot will burn (overheat) the finish and leave a dark brown burn mark, not a gray foggy look. I suspect you are seeing a dirty floor through a clear finish coat, the restorer.
Basic rule of thumb. Never put any coating onto an unscrubbed floor. Mopping usually will not loosen and remove all the ground-in particles in the finish and you will seal them in with a coating, whether it is regular finish or a restorer, which is a buffable finish coat. The floor finish will no longer look clear, but hazy due to the sealed-in dirt.
Worse yet, the only way to get it clear again is to strip off the dirty finish. As to what to charge, that depends on what you are doing, how long it takes, and what you desire to earn for your time. Make it worth the time and travel.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com