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Saturday, September 05, 2015


I need to figure out a way to give a bid and schedule on strip, refinish, and buff of floors in a very used building. So far they have only had it stripped and refinished once a year and it looks real bad.


With modern floor finishes, a once a year strip and recoat is not unheard of, nor is it necessarily insufficient for good maintenance. However, if the traffic is truly heavy and the daily maintenance poor, the finish will be damaged rapidly and there may not be much left in the traffic lanes at year’s end.
Your pricing should reflect cost of the strip operation, the placing of at least five clean coats of finish, and the periodic renewal of the surface by either spray buffing or burnishing. The frequency of the latter will depend on the wear experienced, and during the year a heavy scrub and recoat may prove necessary to keep finish on the floor.
The key to extended major floor rework is daily maintenance, the removal of grit that will destroy the surface under foot traffic. If you have no control over that and the quality of interim care, it will be hard to schedule major renovation. You just will have to watch and act according to the conditions you find.
Get your production times in mind based on the area and operation, assign your costs and profit, and tell the building owner that this is what the service will cost when needed. This may prompt better daily maintenance, since that is far less expensive than strip and recoat or floor replacement.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor