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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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We recently had Roppe rubber tile put down in one of our units. We will not put down sealer or finish due to the patient population for this area. What is the best way to care for this product? The Roppe rep. and the installer were no help. They say a 1000 rpm machine will bring out the natural paraffin wax to produce a low luster sheen. Before I purchase the machine, tell me if it is effective? We are also having difficulty keeping the floor looking clean with just a flat mop method. We are having to scrub once a month with a slow speed, neutral cleaner and white super polish pad. Any ideas to help maintain between scrubbings


Answer

Answer #1:
Roppe rubber tile is a wonderful flooring, if you don't mess it up. We've been teaching the following at Janitor University for 17 years with uniform excellent results on rubber floors.
Contact someone from Taski a division of Diversey (formerly JohnsonDiversey) for most of your products.
#1 - Use a Taski High/Low brush on a slow speed (175 rpm) buffer or get a Taski Mono buffer for scrubbing these floors.
#2 - Clean floors daily by mopping with Taski WiWax (Taski MiniMop or Unger Smart Mop Combo are the best mopping tools for this).
#3 - Clean heavy duty soil and oil with Taski Profi instead of WiWax (Taski MiniMop or Unger Smart Mop Combo are the best mopping tools for this).
Avoid trying to get "wet look" on Roppe rubber floors. Satin clean is the appearance you want.

John Walker, President
ManageMen, Inc.
Founder, Janitor University
Former ISSA Director of Education and Training

Answer #2:
The above is a proven system of maintenance and will result in a good looking floor. You may also wish the read the extensive information on the Roppe website at www.roppe.com/technical/index.html#. Click on technical resources and then on raised rubber tile.
I doubt it is necessary to purchase a higher speed machine to get the results you desire. The website will confirm that.

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