Floor coverings within buildings are a major contributory factor in the creation of a pleasing environment and represent a significant investment.
They are also subjected to a level of wear and tear not associated with other internal decorations and surfaces. In fact it has been estimated that 80% of the soil entering a building does so via peoples’ feet.
The responsibility for the correct maintenance of floor coverings lies with cleaning operatives. Knowledge of the different types of floor coverings and their physical properties is essential when planning their cleaning and maintenance. Without this knowledge, not only will you be unable to clean the floor effectively, you could also drastically reduce the life of the surface and, in extreme circumstances, cause serious damage to it.
One of the most common problems I come across is floor polish “powdering” or not adhering to the surface of the floor. Ninety Nine times out of one hundred, the reason for this is the fact that the floor has not been neutralised before the polish is applied.
Stripping a floor normally requires the use of a highly alkaline (see note on the pH Scale) stripping product; it is always recommended that the floor is properly rinsed after stripping, using some kind of acidic rinse such as Prorinse from Prochem. If this is not available, vinegar is a good substitute. So often inexperienced cleaners forget to undertake this very simple task and cause themselves all sorts of problems.
A new innovation from 3M called an SPP pad is able to strip floor polish using only water. This of course does away with the need for using potentially dangerous floor stripping chemical and all the problems associated with that.
Finding Free Resources
Finding suitable high quality free training material has in the past been a major problem for contractors. A 40 page document recently commissioned by the Jangro Group, called a Guide to Floorcare is now available as a free download.
There is also a free DVD which complements the document and I am happy to it send to the first 50 applicants, please leave your details below, or you can view it on You Tube.