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
An efficient floor maintenance programme should allow for routine cleaning of the surface to remove soils as well as care of the protective finish to both maintain and enhance its overall appearance. By doing this you can extend the life of the floor finish, by reducing the need to strip and re-apply the polish.
So let’s now consider typical cleaning and maintenance methods
The cleaning method employed depends largely upon the extent of the soiling and the condition of the floor finish. Most procedures involve the use of Floor Care machines. Whilst versatile in their use, care is also required to ensure they are operated safely.
No matter which cleaning method is used you must always ensure health and safety:
• Wear the correct safety clothing and 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.
• Then prepare the area and assemble the equipment and materials needed for the task.
Start by picking up larger items of litter. Use a scraper to remove chewing gum if required.
Firstly we will consider:
If this requires only dust control then the technique to employ is MOP SWEEPING:
Mop sweep by starting with the edges and run parallel to the skirting. Using overlapping passes ensure the area is covered. To avoid raising the dust, keep the mop head in contact with the floor at all times using one side as a leading edge.
Remember, when mop sweeping a larger area, you will need to check and clean your mop head several times. Upon completion, remove soil, and suction clean the mop head.
Position the brush or place a clean pad on the drive board. Make sure the pad is central and firmly attached. Adopting the correct safe stance, position the brush or drive board making sure it is ‘locked’ on. Having fully prepared the machine, plug in and switch on the mains power. Lower the machine handle to a comfortable operating position. Keeping your arms straight, switch on the suction unit and start the machine.
The handle can be positioned so that the machine will rotate without any sideways movement. Lower the handle slightly and gently to move to the left. Raise the handle slightly and gently to move to the right.
Buff the floor cutting in at the edges first and then systematically infill making sure you overlap each pass. Take care not to hover on one spot as friction burns may occur.
Make sure you have sufficient mains cable to reach the furthest point of work and that the cable is always behind you and your line of work. Work back towards the power supply to reduce potential ‘taut’. Cover a manageable area at any one time to prevent overstretching and fatigue. Always use a clean pad or brush.
Switch off and unplug the machine to check the condition of your pad or brush on a regular basis and turn or change as necessary.
After use, clean the pad or brush thoroughly. If the machine does not have a suction unit, the floor may need mop sweeping after buffing.
Check, clean and store equipment and materials, close ventilation and remove warning signs.
LIGHT TO MODERATE SOIL
DAMP MOPPING Always keep your mopping unit behind you and your line of work. Start by cleaning parallel to the edges and then use a figure of eight to infill. Mop a manageable area so that you don’t overstretch. Change your cleaning solution as necessary.
Use an abrasive pad to remove stubborn marks and a cloth to wipe any splashes from skirting boards.
An alternative cleaning method for the removal of light or medium soiling and scuff marks from floor surfaces is
SPRAY CLEANING: Spray Cleaning uses the same techniques used in Buffing but with the addition of an application of sprayed cleaner. These techniques include machine control, changing pads, cutting in and systematic coverage of the floor without over-stretching.
As before, work back towards the power supply to reduce potential ‘taut’. Ensure the machine is in the upright position, hold the trigger spray bottle at arm’s length, and apply the cleaning agent directly onto the floor. Cover a manageable area at any one time to prevent overstretching and fatigue.
Taking this process one step further we can now consider:
SPRAY POLISHING: Is where a buffable detergent is applied during the procedure. The detergent present removes any soil along with the top layer of polish, leaving a gloss finish. The resins or polymers in the solution are applied to the surface during the procedure and form part of a newly restored finish.
MACHINE SCRUBBING AND DRYING. Scrubbing removes heavily impacted dirt using a brush or an aggressive pad with a cleaning solution, applied using a mop, sprayer or solution tank attached to the scrubber/polisher. The bristles of the brush or the pad fibres agitate the softened dirt to remove it effectively.
It is necessary to clear the area. Remove all furniture observing manual handling techniques, and store ensuring that all emergency exits remain free from obstruction.
Use an edging tool to access corners and edges, start the scrubbing operation by ‘cutting in’ parallel to the skirting. Continue by infilling the main area with overlapping passes. The application of cleaning solution should be carefully controlled to avoid over or under-wetting.
Keep the cable behind you and your line of work at all times. Cover a manageable area at any one time to prevent overstretching and fatigue.
Always use a clean floor pad or brush. Switch off and unplug the machine to check the condition of your pad or brush on a regular basis and turn or change as necessary. After use, clan the pad or brush thoroughly.
If using a wet suction machine to remove the slurry and dry the floor, work from dry to wet in manageable sections without overstretching.
Move onto the next section of floor and repeat the operation.
During the operation, plastic sheeting may be used to prevent ‘drip’ damage to adjoining floor surfaces. Remember to wipe any splashes from skirting boards. Check, clean and store equipment and materials, close ventilation and remove warning signs. Finally replace furniture.
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