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Monday, April 21, 2014

Question

I do the floor care at a small super market which has very heavy traffic and lots of salt residue in the winter. What type of floor finish is best for this situation? The finish that I am currently using quickly deteriorates and gets pitted.


Answer

The problem may not be the finish, but the prevention of soil and contaminates getting tracked onto the floor that grinds away the finish and shine. More frequent dust mopping and damp mopping; along with better/more entry matting is probably part of the answer. You'd also need to take a look at your scrubbing, burnishing and recoating frequencies to see if they are adequate for the traffic level in various areas of the building. Lastly, the only way to determine how a finish holds up under real life conditions, considering all of the above, is to test it in several high traffic area of the building. Do several small test strips right next to each other to see how they compare. Keep your strips not more than 3 to 4 ft wide and make a map of where you put each product so you don't get confused as to which product is in each location. Proof is in the pudding, not in the name or the promotional literature.
Bill Griffin, President
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