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Saturday, August 29, 2015


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?


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 one of the sides of the machine, hold the machine in place by keeping the handle in a neutral position.
4) Actually tilt the handle (at the hand holds) to the left or right (depending on the side you wish to increase pressure on) and hold steady over the spot needing abrasion.
5) It may help to keep the handle steady against the operator’s body during the heeling. Handle should be a waist level or lower for good control.
6) Hold in position for a few seconds and then lower the machine and move it away to see if the mark or scuff is gone. Remember that the extra pressure will wear away finish as well as the mark. Too lengthy a hold in that spot will damage the finish, so be cautious.
7) Tip: When you tilt (one side up and the other down) the handle to heel the machine, lean into it with your body and keep the handle from moving up or down. You want the pressure on the side of the machine and onto the pad, and not on the front or back so that the rotary moves side to side.

I couldn’t find a manual on-line that describes this, so try to work with the above. Any rotary machine can be heeled to do the task you wish. The action of the pad, based on its aggressiveness, is more important than the make of machine.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor