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Sustainable Floor Care, what program is right for you?

Special Guest Blogger Becky Kaufold, Chemist, Spartan Chemical Company, Inc.

Sustainable Floor Care begins with product selection.  If the goal of the floor care system is to protect the substrate and pedestrians utilizing the floor, within the aesthetic expectations and labor constraints of the facility owner, then product selection is pivotal.

The floor finish selection process begins with a thorough understanding of the amount of traffic wear, as well as the availability and expertise of the maintenance staff.  Initial questions center on preventative measures.  Are adequate walk off mats present?  How long are the walk off mats? How often are the floors dust and damp mopped?  While these preventative measures are required constants for all floor care programs, inquiries help remind facility owners and maintenance staff of the importance.

Secondary questions focus on more intensive maintenance routines.  How often is the floor burnished?  What speed is the burnisher?  How often is the floor scrubbed and recoated?  How often is the floor stripped?  While secondary, these questions truly differentiate the type of floor finish capable of providing adequate protection within the constraints of the maintenance program.

Finally, no floor care program is complete without identifying the expectations of building occupants and facility owners.  Balancing these nuanced preferences, within the constraints of the facility usage and maintenance program, will truly determine floor care program success.  And the secret to this balance is usually a compromise.

A prime example of balancing expectations with facility use and maintenance is gloss.  High gloss is a common expectation, given the perception that high gloss floors equate to a well-maintained facility.  This correlation is not necessarily true and facilities with high traffic volume and/or minimal accessibility for regular intensive maintenance routines may find that lower gloss floor finish provides a much cleaner and better cared for perception than high gloss floors, which tend to highlight the wear and tear of traffic damage.   Conversely, if the maintenance staff or contractor is unaware of facility user gloss expectations when bidding jobs or developing a maintenance plan, the maintenance program may not properly account for more regular burnishing, recoating and stripping to maintain the expected appearance.

Proper investigation when implementing a floor care program will expose potential pitfalls that often plague a sustainable floor care program.  A small amount of time up front is the only way to ensure a floor care program that sustains the balance for those using and maintaining the facility.

About the Author:

Rebecca Kaufold has a BS in Molecular Biology and an MBA. She is the chemist responsible for new product development in coatings for resilient, wood and concrete substrates. She is delighted when overflow calls from Spartan’s customer service are routed to her so she can understand how to make her floor products just a little better for the customer.

Spartan Chemical offers a complete program of resilient floor care products to help you implement your sustainable floor care program. Kaufold recommends the following systems, based on your key value driver.

Rapid Repairability

Finish:  The Fixx

Maintenance: Xcelente™ neutral cleaner, Dust Mop Dust Cloth, burnish 3-7 times per week

Recoat schedule:  bi-annual strip and recoat, monthly top scrub and recoat

Floor Finish Remover: Shineline® Emulsifier Plus

Low Maintenance

Finish:  iShine

Maintenance: Xcelente™ neutral cleaner, Dust Mop Dust Cloth, burnish 0-4 times per month

Recoat schedule:  annual strip and recoat, 6-month intermediate top scrub and recoat

Floor Finish Remover: Shineline® Emulsifier Plus

Environmentally Preferred

Finish:  FloorFront®

Maintenance: Xcelente™ neutral cleaner, burnish 0-4 times per month

Recoat schedule:  annual strip and recoat, 6-month intermediate top scrub and recoat

Floor Finish Remover: Green Solutions® Floor Finish Remover

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NOTE: Want to be a Floor Care Expert? While we can’t promise you’ll emerge as brilliant as Becky, we are hosting an Open House at our Bowling Green Ohio location on 5/11/17 . At 9 a.m. you are welcome to join John Schauff, Spartan’s Director of Training and ISSA Accredited Training Expert for our CITS certified Hard Floor Care course!

Register Here: http://enichols.com/bowlinggreen-openhouse-2017/