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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Question

What is the prescribed best practice in cleaning and drying auto scrubber pads including floor stripping pads? The information we have varies as to soaking in solution, rinsing off only, or doing both.


Answer

Here is my preference:
To remove light build-up, simply use the donut hole and brush the pad thoroughly or shake outside against the side of a building. The least aggressive cleaning method for buff or scrub pads is to rinse in a custodial sink using hot water and a spray nozzle (pressure is important). Stand each pad upright and start at the top and work toward the bottom and then rotate. Allow to drip dry in an upright position.
When finished stripping, immediately place each strip pad in a large trash bag to keep it damp. Then, place the pads in a mop sink and clean as described above. Soaking in stripper is expensive, dangerous, and not eco friendly, and unnecessary if you keep them wet. If the pads begin to hold dried floor finish, use a high pressure washer to clean them. Keep in mind that heavily worn strip pads or burnish pads still can be used for scrubbing operations.

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