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MAINTENANCE FOR FINISHED FLOORS

 In order to obtain good cleaning results and to increase the life span of your floor finish, it is highly recommended that you always dust mop, vacuum or sweep your floors, prior to cleaning them with neutral cleaner daily or cleaner maintainer (when prepping to burnish) Make sure to always mix your chemicals at the manufacturers recommended dilutions to achieve best results.  (Mixing neutral cleaners too strong can leave a residue that will attract dirt and make it harder to maintain your floors!)

DAILY CLEANING

 Always, make sure to dust mop, sweep or vacuum floors FIRST. Before cleaning your floors with your neutral cleaner, you should attach red pads to the pad drivers of your auto scrubber.  Now fill the auto scrubber solution tank with clean, cool water and add your concentrated neutral cleaner at the recommended dilution. You are now ready to clean your floors.  Always check your pads to ensure they are clean and free of any soils or sand. (Sand in your pads can cost you thousands of dollars in product & labor!)

BURNISHING

It is recommended that you burnish your floors at least once per week to increase the life span of your floors. Always dust mop or sweep the floors prior to cleaning.  The days you are burnishing you should ensure that you have clean red pads on your scrubber.  Second, fill the auto scrubber with clean cool water. Third, add your concentrated cleaner/maintainer product to the clean cool water at the proper dilution. Fourth, clean the floor like you normally would, using your auto scrubber. Once the floor is dry you can now burnish your floors with your burnisher. Always use the recommended burnishing pads that are compatible with the maintainer, finish and speed of machine you are using.

SCRUB AND RECOAT

 When you start to see the floors losing their luster or yellowing, it is time to scrub & recoat. (Schools normally do this during school breaks) First, you should attach blue pads to your pad drivers on your auto scrubber. Second, dust mop, vacuum or sweep the floors. Third, fill the auto scrubber with clean cool water. Fourth, add your concentrated general purpose cleaner to the clean cool water at the proper dilution. Fifth, clean the floor like you normally would and damp mop hard to reach areas by hand. Now you are ready to recoat the floors with two coats of finish. (Stay away from the walls with finish, because people don’t walk there!)

HEAVY DUTY SCRUB AND RECOAT

 If the floors are in bad shape and have been neglected, you will need to do a deep scrub & recoat. First, you should attach green pads to your pad drivers. Second, dust mop, vacuum or sweep the floors. Third, fill the auto scrubber with clean warm water. Fourth, add your concentrated general purpose cleaner to the warm water at the proper dilution. Fifth, with your vacuum off and your squeegee up, clean the floors like you normally do. Now, go over the same section of floor again with the squeegee down and the vacuum on. (This is called a double scrub) If you have removed all the dirt and cannot see any brown or yellow spots, you are ready to recoat. You may need three or 4 coats of finish to restore back to normal.

***The goal is to protect the floors and always keep the floors free of dirt. If you maintain the floors properly you should only have to maintain the top two layers of finish. If you maintain your floors properly, it will save you time, money and keep the environment we live in a healthier place! ***