Floor Care in 4 Steps


All carpet maintenance programs should consist of the following 4 steps:

Step 1: Floor Preparation

Before proceeding, remove all furniture and roll up all walk-off mats. Sweep the room or vacuum to remove all debris from the floor surface.

Safety is very important during floor maintenance, for both the person doing the cleaning and especially for people walking in the area being cleaned. Slips and falls can happen in a second and can be very dangerous, causing broken bones, head injuries or worse. The proper use of floor signs, as well as following correct cleaning procedures, can reduce the risks of injury. Always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment.

Step 2: Stripping

When choosing a stripper, the performance is the key factor. Keep in mind that if you buy a cheap or poor quality floor stripper, you might not save money in the long run.

The following factors are important to consider:

  • Ease of penetration of the film
  • Cost in use
  • Odour
  • Free-rinsing
Time-Out-Plus Champion Formula-1 Dynamite
Level of Performance
Dilution 1:20 1:12 1:10 1:4
pH (1%) 10.4 10.9 10.9 12.5
Dwell Time 5-8 minutes 3-5 minutes 3-5 minutes 3-5 minutes
Active Ingredient Solvent Solvent
Solvent
Solvent/Caustic
Phosphate None None
None
None
APE None None None None
Odour Mild Citrus
Lemon-mint Mild
Recommended Neutralizer Film Away Film Away
Film Away
Neutralizer

Step 3: Sealing

When choosing a sealer, just remember the acronym SAP:

Safety: It must not increase slip potential or emit harmful fumes.

Appearance: The higher the gloss level, the greater the degree of colour enrichment.

Performance: Thickness, durability, and maintenance requirements.

Foundation Accolade Gard Nu-Coat
Level of Performance
Coverage 1600 ft² - 2500 ft² (4 L) 1830 ft² - 3014 ft² (5 L)
1830 ft² - 3014 ft² (5 L)
1830 ft² - 3014 ft² (5 L)
Number of Coats 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3
Drying Time 30-60 minutes 30-60 minutes 30-60 minutes
30-60 minutes
Solid Contents 16% 20%
15%
12%
Resilient Floors Yes Yes
Yes
Yes
Non-Resilient Floors Yes Yes Yes Yes

Step 4: Floor Finish

When comparing floor finish consider these factors:

  • Maintenance: Is spray-buffing or burnishing required? If so, how often?
  • Ease of removal
  • Performance curve
  • Appearance of glossiness
Orbit Glacier Gran-Prix XL Defence
Level of Performance
Coverage 1600 ft² - 2500 ft² (4 L)
2000 ft² - 3200 ft² (5 L) 2000 ft² - 3200 ft² (5 L)
1830 ft² - 3014 ft² (5 L)
Number of Coats 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-3
Drying Time 30 minutes 45 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes
Solid Content 20% 25%
19%
16%
Resilient Floors Yes Yes
Yes
Yes
Non-Resilient Floors Yes Yes Yes Yes
Burnishing Yes Yes
Yes No

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