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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Question

One of the colleges that I clean has a lot of high spots on the VCT floor. After burnishing the floor with a 28" propane machine using a blue burnishing pad from Pioneer Eclipse, I see a lot of burned spots on the floor. Is there any way to prevent this from happening?


Answer

1) Use a less aggressive pad.
2) Keep the burnisher moving faster to lessen the time any high point is subjected to pad friction.
3) Use any adjustment the machine may have to lessen the pad pressure on the floor.
4) Knowing that burnishing removes some finish, make sure there are enough coats on the floor to polish.

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

Yes, remove the protruding tile with a hot air dryer, grind down the floor and replace the tile. You can reduce the occurrence slightly by visualizing in advance each high spot and firmly pressing down on the burnisher handle to alleviate burns. Or, consider a slightly less aggressive pad. To repair a burn, use a razor blade scrapper and pull it toward you, over the burn. Then as required, scrub with a green pad and carefully paint on the floor finish with a microfiber towel, 2-3 coats, applying it only to the bare spots.

Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp
(719) 598-5112
www.nationalproclean.com