I was recently asked to write about the trials and tribulations of caring for hard floors by Flooring Magazine, below are some of the key points from my article.
There is a range of myths about how to treat, strip and clean different floors. Until you have experienced using the wrong product you just don’t know the damage you can cause.
A prime example of this is the use of the wonder invention of its time ‘Oleo resins’ as a sealer for wooden floors. Unfortunately to the untrained it seemed a great idea to apply these products to vinyl floors.
Many contractors have tried with out luck to strip them back, but with no suitable product to tackle the task, this remains a huge problem. The solution was either to live with discoloured floors or rip up the vinyl and lay fresh material and apply a suitable sealer.
Chemist John Ayres, regarded as ‘Mr Floor Care’ in the cleaning industry has, during his long career, owned several successful floor care product manufacturing businesses, namely Brichem which he sold to Henkel and more recently Xola Hygiene. His legacy is an important one – the creation of a floor stripper that safely removes ole-resinous seals from vinyl and linoleum floors, this is now exclusively sold as Sovereign Seal Remover through Jangro’s network of 41 independent UK distributors.
John Ayres told The Flooring Magazine It’s a very complex product and a little goes a long way. Depending on floor surface it can be diluted up to 10-1 but it is the only cleaner designed primarily for vinyls.”
I was contacted buy a building contractor who was extremely proud of his work for a showcase restaurant in the west end. Everything was on time and looked good; he laid a specially made piece of lino, circa 10k, incorporating the restaurant’s logo and various patterns. He put the finishing touches to it by ‘preserving’ it with an Oleo based sealer, in this case Bourneseal. He then contacted my company in desperation because it had turned yellow over night.
I have never seen a man more relieved than when he returned the next day having cleaned off the seal with Jangro Sovereign Seal Remover, and looking to buy a water based sealer.
Please see the next edition of Flooring Magazine for the full article.
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Why not also read The Proffesional Cleaners Guide to Floorcare