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Jun 28

How to maintain your floor part 3: Floor maintenance

Once you have stripped and polished your floor, a few simple floor maintenance procedures will help keep your floor in good condition and extend the care cycle, before you once again have to strip and polish your floor.

In the last of our three articles, we set out for you simple floor maintenance tasks.

Important

As before, always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and, where relevant, dilution guidance.

Check the suitability of the floor surface for maintaining

Before starting check that your floor is suitable for maintenance applications. Consult and follow closely the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not proceed if you are in any doubt and seek professional help.

In this article we principally have in mind the following types of floor surface: vinyl, thermoplastic, rubber, linoleum, composition, asphalt, sealed wood and sealed cork floor surfaces.

When and how often should I maintain a floor?

Suggesting the frequency you should apply floor maintenance procedure is a little tricky, as the timing and frequency will vary with the type of floor and the volume of traffic that the floor carries. Generally speaking, the greater the traffic, the more frequent the floor maintenance cycle.

Preparation

Ensure adequate ventilation to the area in which you are working – open doors and windows as necessary.

Place safety signs where they can be clearly seen.

Remove all obstructions (furniture, etc) from the floor area to be worked on. Sweep away all dirt, crumbs and dust.

If necessary, wet mop the floor in order to ensure fully clean and dry thoroughly before moving to the next stage.

Floor maintenance methods

There are a number of methods that you can use to maintain your floor.

Application by spray cleaning

This is the term used to describe the application of floor maintainer via a spray bottle, before using a burnishing or polishing machine.

Follow these steps when using the spray cleaning method:

  • Make up a solution of maintainer in a spray bottle as per the manufacturer’s dilution guidance.
  • Adjust the burnishing (polishing) machine to a comfortable and safe height.
  • Spray a fine mist of maintainer solution onto the floor.
  • Polish the floor with the machine using an appropriate floor pad, usually red.

Mop and buff

This is the term used to describe the application of floor maintainer via a floor mop before using a burnishing or polishing machine.

Follow these steps when using the mop and buff method:

  • Make up a solution of maintainer in a bucket of cold water as per the manufacturer’s dilution guidance.
  • Mop the solution onto the floor.
  • Polish the floor with the machine using an appropriate floor pad, usually red.
  • Burnish the floor with a white floor pad.
  • Mop the floor for excess water, if your machine does not have an integral vacuum.
  • Allow the floor to dry.

Do you have a question?

If you have a specific question about the process or a suitable product why not contact Gopher Supplies?