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1 Resilient Floor Care A Systems Approach

2 What Is Resilient Flooring? Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) Linoleum Sheet Vinyl Rubber Cork Synthetic Sports Floors Definition of Resilient: Bouncing or springing back into shape, position, etc. after being stretched, bent or, especially, compressed.

3 Non-Resilient – Resilient Flooring Radial rubber & Cork flooring –Too resilient. So much flex, acrylic finishes tend to shatter –Need to use a true carnauba wax system Synthetic (non-wood) sports flooring –Need to use a finish system that allows for more traction and durability than regular floor finishes

4 Selecting A Cost-Effective Finish System Use a seal? Use a finish? Use a seal/finish? –How many coats? –How often? Burnish? –Do we have a machine? –What speed? –Which pad? Use a restorer? –Spray on? –Mop on? –How often? How does it wear? How high gloss? – How often is there time for: burnishing? Refinishing? Using a restorer?

5 Trilogy ® Floor Care System Ultra high speed burnishing –Over 1500 rpm Cord-electric to 2000 rpm Battery and propane to 3000 rpm High speed burnishing – rpm Standard speed – rpm Products to match your equipment Choose the program that fits your facility

6 Systems & Programs Systems generally refer to sets of products designed to work together Programs generally refer to cleaning programs –All cleaning programs have three steps: Daily maintenance – dust mopping & damp mopping Interim maintenance – burnishing; scrub & recoat Renovation - stripping –The better the daily maintenance is performed the longer the interval between interim procedures –The better the daily and interim maintenance is performed, the longer between renovations

7 Hillyards Philosophy Cost effective programs revolve around using time-efficient procedures, not cheap products –Labor makes up 85-90% of M&O budget Saving 10% on products saves 1% of budget Saving 10% on labor saves 8 ½ -9% of budget –Begin all cleaning programs with renovation – start clean to stay clean –Perform daily maintenance tasks in such a way as to minimize interim procedures –Perform interim procedures in such a way as to minimize renovative procedures Renovative procedures use the most labor So, the resilient floor program begins with…

8 Stripping The Floor Is stripping always necessary? –NO! –Only when: Changing coating systems Changing suppliers Removing heavy buildup Removing factory coatings on new floors

9 Stripping The Floor Apply stripper Let stand recommended time Agitate edges & hard to reach areas w/ swivel pad holder Scrub with single disc floor machine (buffer) Use a wet-vac to pick up solution Neutralize the floor (stripper) –The stripper that removed finish will inhibit the new finish bonding to the floor Rinse at least twice with clear water Check the floor for residue

10 Stripping Donts Stripping is a process, not an event –Everyone must work together Dont drag cords through solution and onto the clean floor Dont roll wheels through stripping solution and onto the clean floor

11 Stripping Donts Dont walk through stripping solution and onto the clean floor Dont allow stripping solution to dry back on the floor, or on baseboards, doors, walls, cabinets, etc. Dont allow stripper or neutralizer to dwell on the floor too long – this can damage the tile

12 Stripping Donts Dont allow stripping solution to run under doors or to splash onto an area that will not be stripped Dont splash stripping solution onto adjacent carpeting Dont use an auto-scrubber to apply stripping solution – it will destroy pump seals

13 Stripping Donts Dont use an auto-scrubber to pick-up stripping solution – and if you do… Dont store equipment (including mop buckets and wringers) without cleaning –Clean using clean stripping solution –Clean the entire machine – squeegees, recovery hoses, recovery tanks, underside of scrub decks

14 Stripping Dos Protect areas that wont be stripped –Make dams under doors or in doorways –Lay towels or tarps on adjacent carpeting –Roll equipment over towels before transporting out of the area to protect adjacent flooring –Wipe your feet before walking onto adjacent flooring Pay attention to details –Badly stripped edges and corners make the whole floor look bad

15 Stripping Dos Coat vertical surfaces (baseboards, cabinet fronts, doors etc.) with Super Hil-Tone before stripping – Will help shed the stripping solution –Inhibits finish dry-back –Minimizes clean-up with stripping solution –Remember to clean the treated surfaces later

16 Rinsing the Floor After neutralizing, give the floor two additional clear water rinses Dont forget the baseboards and corners! –Cove base cement may dissolve & ooze back on to the floor - it will look like yellowed finish! When the floor is dry, wipe your hand over the surface. If it comes up with a residue, give it another rinse. If there is no residue, the floor is ready for sealing.

17 Sealing The Floor Apply same as finish –Clean, damp synthetic finish mop, flat finish mop, or finish applicator (not dripping) –Cut in perimeter first – leave an exit by the door –Apply in continuous passes all the way across the floor Apply every other coat in the opposite direction

18 Why Seal? Seal protects the flooring Seals are generally less expensive than finishes (depends on the finish) –Seal has larger molecules, so less soaks into the floor –Seal provides a base for finish – You use less finish Follow recommended coverage rates Think of plywood – several thin coats makes a very strong, durable product

19 Finishing The Floor Apply floor finish in the same way you applied the seal Allow adequate drying time between coats –If too many coats applied too quickly or too thickly Delamination can occur Plasticizer migration can occur Will cure softer, and be less durable

20 Floor Finish 99.9% of todays floor finishes contain no wax –Today, we finish floors, we dont wax them. How many coats? –Rule of thumb: divide the % solids of the finish into 100. The answer is the number of coats to get optimum appearance. How thick? –Rule of thumb: thinner is better. Use middle of mfg.s recommended application rate If 1000 – 1500 sq. ft./gal. per coat, aim for 1250 sq. Ft.

21 Applying Finish Stay away from the baseboards

22 Applying Seals & Finishes Buffers cant scrub the last 2 in. of the floor to the edge. –Over time, finish can build up – unless the edges are hand scraped every time the floor is scrubbed, a time-consuming and labor-intensive process.

23 Applying Seals & Finishes Apply the first coat as close as possible without touching the baseboard Apply each successive coat two inches inside the previous coat will feather the finish to the edge, preventing buildup and requiring less hand-work when scrubbing or stripping. –People dont walk right next to the wall, and in rooms there is usually furniture against the walls. –In halls and large open areas with no furniture, the first coat touching the baseboard without slopping up on it to prevent a dry gap is acceptable.

24 Gloss Restoration Mop-on restorers –Mop on after cleaning (mopping or auto-scrubbing) the floor, let dry then burnish Mop-on cleaner/restorers –Use in an auto-scrubber to clean and apply restorer in one step before burnishing –No auto-scrubber? Use to mop the floor clean and apply restorer in one step before burnishing

25 Gloss Restoration Spray buffing – regular speed –On a clean floor, apply a mist of spray-on restorer to a small area (5x5) –Immediately, with a standard 175 rpm floor machine with a white pad, go over the sprayed area, back and forth until it dries and polishes Useful for blending out traffic lanes For general gloss restoration Turn and change pads frequently Dust mop when finished Time consuming – not the process of first choice –If you only have a 175 rpm machine

26 Gloss Restoration Spray buffing – high & ultra-high speed –On a clean floor, apply a mist of spray-on restorer to a small area (5x5) –Immediately, with a burnisher with a beige polythermal pad, go over the sprayed area, until it dries and polishes. For general gloss restoration Turn and change pads frequently Dust mop when finished Time consuming – not the process of first choice

27 Gloss Restoration Dry burnishing – high and ultra-high speed only –Use beige polythermal pad –Most effective with softer finishes General rule of thumb – the higher the solids content, the harder the finish Generally speaking, harder finishes do not respond to dry burnishing as well as softer finishes Generally speaking, softer finishes dont powder as much as harder finishes –Dust mop when finished

28 Daily Maintenance Dust mopping with a treated dust mop –Removes grit Grit is as damaging as sandpaper shoe soles –Damages finish –Damages tile –Removes and controls dust Dust hides the shine Minimizes hand dusting Decreases A/C filter changes (indoor air quality) First line of defense against finish wear

29 Daily Maintenance Regular damp mopping –Gets what the dust mop leaves Rinse mop often Change water often Auto-scrubbing – Faster – more efficient Decreases labor costs Increases productivity – Produces better results – cleaner floors Reduces drying time

30 Interim Maintenance Scrub and re-coat uses a neutral cleaner –Buffer or auto-scrubber Red, blue or black pad –Quickly remove only top layer of dirty finish –Pick up solution with a wet-vac –Rinse until clean (wipe hand on floor) –Let dry –Reapply finish 2 to 4 coats - no more – only replace what you remove

31 Scrubbing vs. Stripping ISSA standard times per task –Stripping a floor 75 minutes / 1000 sq.ft. –Scrubbing a floor 45 minutes / 1000 sq. ft. Stripping means resealing and refinishing –3 seal + 3 finish = six coats applying & drying time Scrubbing means replacing only the finish you scrubbed off –2 or 3 coats applying & drying time

32 Scrubbing vs. Stripping Scrubbing floors saves –Time –Money (labor is 85-90% of M&O budget) –Product Less seal Less finish Less neutralizer

33 Controlling Buildup Many facilities are on a five year stripping rotation (or longer) –They strip only 20% (or less) of floors annually To prevent buildup when scrubbing, replace only what is removed –Start with 3 seal, 3 finish coats after stripping –Assume one coat wears off and one is scrubbed off – reapply only two coats If 3 are reapplied the floor will have 4 coats. The next time one wears off and one is scrubbed off and you add three youll have 5 and so on. Over a period of time youll create a heavy buildup.

34 Review Start clean to stay clean. Focus on prevention through diligence in daily maintenance procedures. Use interim procedures regularly to prevent floors from getting out of control. Use renovative procedures only as necessary.

35 Resilient Floor Care Are there any Questions?

36 Quiz 1.(T/F) neutralizing after stripping isnt really necessary. 2.Stripping is necessary when changing, or, when finishing, and if theres a. 3.(T/F) Apply finish the same way you mop a floor. 4.Seal is used to create a for finish. 5.The final step before applying the first seal coat is to the floor for.

37 Quiz 6.The most important part of a resilient floor care program is. 7.(T/F) The more finish coats applied, the longer you can go between stripping or scrubbing. 8.(T/F) After scrubbing a floor, apply one more coat of Finish than you removed for the best appearance. 9.(T/F) Damp mopping with a cleaner/ restorer is an efficient way to clean and apply a restorer in one step. 10.(T/F) Dust mopping is the first line of defense against finish wear.

38 Answers 1.(F) neutralizing after stripping isnt really necessary. 2.Stripping is necessary when changing coating systems, or suppliers, when finishing new floors, and if theres a heavy buildup. 3.(F) Apply finish the same way you mop a floor. 4.Seal is used to create a base for finish. 5.The final step before applying the first seal coat is to check the floor for residue.

39 Answers 6.The most important part of a resilient floor care program is each step is equally important – a floor care program means skipping any step will affect the total performance of the coating system. 7.(F) The more finish coats applied, the longer you can go between stripping or scrubbing. 8.(F) After scrubbing a floor, apply one more coat of finish than you removed for the best appearance. 9.(T) Damp mopping with a cleaner/ restorer is an efficient way to clean and apply a restorer in one step. 10.(T) Dust mopping is the first line of defense against finish wear.

40 Resilient Floor Care Thank you for your participation.


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