The Jangro 3 Step Approach to Floor Care – 1 Preparation

Jangro has developed a programme of Floor Care which can be considered as a 3 step approach:

Jangro has developed a programme of Floor Care which can be considered as a 3 step approach:

1. PREPARE - getting the floor into the correct state to receive the appropriate dressing
2. PROTECT - select and apply the appropriate polish finish
3. MAINTAIN - retain the finish by a regular programme of maintenance

The first stage of the Jangro 3 step floor care programme is PREPARATION.
As the title suggests this is the stage where we prepare the floor by removing all contaminants. These include not only soil but also any old or worn dressing to provide a sound base on which to add a new layer of protective polish. We must also equip the floor chemically to effectively receive such protection by ensuring the surface has a neutral pH.

Equipment

• The first task is to prepare the area and assemble the materials you will need:
• Hazard warning signs, Circuit breaker, Scraper
• Rotary floor machine with drive board and appropriate pads
• Anti-splash skirt, Wet suction machine
• Edging tool, Jangro Floor Polish Remover/Rinse Free Polish Remover
• Measuring jug, Mopping unit
• Colour coded cloths and buckets
• Plastic sheeting and pH indicator papers

Health and Safety

The primary purpose of this stage is to remove existing polish from a floor, leaving it in a condition which will ensure the successful re-application of a fresh coat.

In order to ensure health and safety you must first:

• Wear the correct safety clothing
• Wear sensible shoes
• Position warning signs
• Ventilate where appropriate
• Check electrical equipment in accordance with safe use and care
• Never leave equipment where it may cause a hazard
• Check the information on the safety data sheet
• Follow the instructions on the product label

Floor Stripping
You are now ready to safely begin.

1. Remove all furniture observing manual handling techniques, and store ensuring that all emergency exits remain free from obstruction.

2. Prepare a solution of Jangro Heavy Duty Floor Polish Remover, adding the chemical stripper to the water at the recommended dilution rate.

3. Apply a liberal solution to the floor surface and importantly do not allow to dry out.

4. Allow 5 minutes’ contact time.

5. Then agitate the stripper along the edges using the edging tool. Continue by infilling the main traffic areas.

6. Using a mop or rotary floor machine and the stripping pad, continue the stripping operation by infilling and overlapping passes.

7. When using a floor machine keep the cable behind you and your line of work at all times. Only cover a manageable area at any one time to prevent over-stretching and fatigue.

8. Always use a clean floor pad. Switch off and unplug the machine to check the condition of your pad on a regular basis and turn or change as necessary. After use, clean the pad thoroughly.

9. Wait a further 5 minutes.

10. Use a mop or a wet suction machine to pick up the slurry. Always work from dry to wet in manageable sections without over-stretching. If necessary, repeat the procedure until all the polish film is removed. Alternatively, move onto your next section of floor and repeat the operation.

11. If the polish is not completely removed, apply more solution and again work through the procedure. If the floor is completely stripped, switch off and unplug all equipment and place on protective plastic sheeting to prevent damage to adjoining surfaces.

12. Rinsing with clear water, damp mop the floor. Check the pH of the floor using universal indicator paper.

13. Allow the floor to air dry thoroughly. Do not force dry. This stage is completed when the floor is clean, dry and neutral pH7.
14. When you have finished the task of polish removal, check clean and store equipment and materials, close ventilation and remove warning signs.

Problem Solving
Things, however, may not have gone smoothly and one of a number of problems may have been met. Let’s briefly look at some of the most common problems and how we can resolve them.

• Firstly the stripper doesn’t work. There are a number of potential causes to consider.

• It has to be remembered that certain seals such as polyurethanes will not be affected by conventional polish strippers. It you require to remove the seal then an appropriate stripper in conjunction with a stripping pad or brush will be required.

• The incorrect dilution may have been used, so again check the dilution rate on the label.

• Polish strippers are temperature sensitive. The use of hot rather than cold water may be the cause. Ensure that the usage instructions are followed.

• The stripper has not been left on the floor long enough. Allow at least 5 minutes’ contact time before scrubbing.

• There is a heavy polish build-up. Repeat the stripping process and/or use a stronger stripper solution.

• An incorrect or worn pad has been used. Change the pad for a correct or new one. The nature of the seal and floor dressing present may be the cause and require a different stripper.

• A strong odour may occur during the use of the stripper. There are two possible causes.

1. This may result from poor ventilation. Opening doors and windows will solve this possibly accompanied by the use of a weaker dilution.

2. Having thoroughly prepared the floor and allowed it to completely dry, you are now ready for stage 2 PROTECTION.

Protection will be the subject of part of the second part of this series on floor care which will be available soon.

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