Proper maintenance of resilient floors with floor finish or sealer protects the floor surface from deterioration. The resulting clean, shiny floors also project a positive image for your facility.

Purchasing our high-quality floor care products alone cannot ensure great-looking floors. Proper procedures must be used to maintain the floors. The procedures in this Page Guide, if correctly followed, will allow you to achieve the protection and appearance level you want for your facility while minimizing labor.

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Maintaining resilient floors is a continuous cycle of the four different procedures shown above. Since stripping is the most costly method of floor maintenance, it should be avoided until absolutely necessary. Start with the lowest cost maintenance procedures and the least amount of labor and work up to the more costly. When doing a step no longer achieves the Acceptable Level of Appearance,go to the next step. By doing the lowest cost procedures regularly and often, you will reduce your overall maintenance costs and achieve the goal of maintaining the Acceptable Level of Appearance.

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Tools, Accessories and Equipment

From safety equipment, mops, dust pans, caution signs, measuring cups,

dilution control systems, to floor machines, wet/dry vacuums and autoscrubbers

Assemble Materials Tools

Measuring Cup (unless using dilution control) Safety Glasses/Goggles Gloves Wet Floor Signs

Dust Mop, Handle and Frame Bucket and Wringer and Cotton-Blend Mop and Handle; or Fast Glide

Mopping System; or Autoscrubber

Routine Resilient Floor Maintenance Dust and Damp Mop Procedures

 

1. Use Appropriate Safety Equipment

• Put on safety glasses/goggles when using chemicals

• Put on gloves when working with chemicals

2. Prepare Area

• Remove trash cans/all movable objects

• Stack chairs

• Mop up liquid spills

• Sweep out corners and crevices with broom or counter brush

• Use a putty knife or scraper to remove gum

3. Dust Mop Floor

• Pick up soil with dust pan

• Dispose of soil

4. Mix Neutral Cleaner or Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner Solution

Neutral cleaner requires no rinsing (heavier soils may require a generalpurpose cleaner and rinsing)

5. Place Wet Floor Signs

• Put Wet Floor signs at all Entrances

6. Place Wet Floor Signs

• Put Wet Floor signs at all entrances

 

 

7. Damp Mop

• Damp mop daily or as often as required

• Change cleaning solution when it becomes cloudy

8. Autoscrubbing vs.Mopping

• Consider using an autoscrubber to save labor if the area to be cleaned is 5,000 square feet or more

9. Remove Wet Floor Signs When Floor is Completely Dry

10. Inspect Your Work

• Replace any furniture, etc. that you moved

• Look to see that work has been accomplished

• Report concerns and preventive maintenance needs to your supervisor

Restorative Resilient Floor Maintenance

Strip & Coat Procedure

 

Assemble Materials Cleaning Procedure

Tools

Safety Glasses/Goggles Gloves Stripping Boots Wet Floor Signs Dust Mop, Handle and Frame

Measuring Cup (unless using dilution control) Mop Bucket(s) and Wringer(s) (1 or 2) Mop Handles (2 or 3) Cotton-Blend Mops (2) (stripper/rinse) Finish Mop; or a Low-Lint Rayon or Rayon-Blend Mop and Handle; or Fast Glide Finish System Clear Plastic Trash Liner (unless using the Fast Glide Finish System) Doodlebug Holder with Handle Hi Pro/Brown Doodlebug Pad(s) Wipers/Rags Walk-Off Mat (place next to work area to keep adjacent/transition area

Clean and dry) Non-Marking Tape (to protect doorways and edges) Wet/Dry Vacuum with Squeegee, or Floor Squeegee with Handle (if not using auto scrubber) Scraper (and Handle, if

Needed) 175 RPM Floor Machine with Pad Driver, or Auto scrubber Floor Pad(s) – Hi Pro or

Black Air Mover/Floor Fan(s) Floor Dam, Stripper Stopper, etc. (optional – to prevent liquid from

Entering adjacent area) 1500 or more RPM burnished (optional) Appropriate Floor Pad for

Burnishing (optional)

Chemicals

Stripper, Baseboard Stripper, Neutralizer/Conditioner, Floor Finish, Dust Mop Treatment (optional) Sealer (optional – especially needed for old, worn tile or heavy traffic areas)

 

1. Use Appropriate Safety Equipment

• Put on safety glasses/goggles when using chemicals

• Put on gloves when working with chemicals

• Place work shoes into stripping boots to prevent slip-and-fall accidents

 

2. Assemble Equipment

 

3. Prepare Area

• Remove trash cans/all movable objects

• Stack chairs

• Dust mop and remove soil

 

4. Post Wet Floor Signs

• Put Wet Floor signs at all entrances

5. Select Stripper

• Match stripper to finish

 

6. Prepare Stripper

• Use tepid water – not hot

• Mix at appropriate dilution ratio

 

7. Strip Baseboards

• Apply baseboard stripper to baseboard if needed – allow stripper to work

• Scrub with brown Doodlebug pad – Hi Pro will damage rubber baseboards

• Rinse

• Wipe residue

8. Strip Edges

• Apply baseboard stripper to edges – allow stripper to work

• Scrape edges with scraper

• Scrub edges with Doodlebug – Hi Pro or Brown

• Rinse

• Pick up slurry with wet/dry vacuum or mop and bucket before it dries

• Wipe splashed stripper from baseboards, walls, etc. immediately

 

9. Plan Floor Layout

• Determine where you start

• Determine where you end

• Blend into remaining floor

 

10. Strip Floor

• Apply stripper to an area of approximately 100 square feet

• Allow stripper time to work (5-10 minutes)

• Double scrub area (eliminates shadow lines)

• Autoscrubber – double scrub without picking up or rinsing

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11. Pick Up Slurry Before it Dries

• Mop and bucket – use floor squeegee

• Wet/dry vacuum with floor squeegee and wand or front-mount squeegee

• Autoscrubber (rinse at the same time)

12. Thoroughly Rinse Floor and Inspect Your Work

• Wet mop floor with neutralizer/conditioner

• Then wet mop floor with clear water one or more times as needed

• Allow to dry

• Check to make sure all finish is off (no shiny spots)

• If not, repeat steps until floor is TOTALLY CLEAN AND FREE OF FINISH

13. Apply Sealer (optional) and Finish

• Select the sealer (optional) and/or finish for your needs

• Use a clean finish mop or a low-lint rayon or rayon-blend mop or the Fast Glide Finish System

• Presoak brand new mops in plain water and wring out well prior to use

• Use a finish mop for applying finish only, not for other mopping procedures

• Line mop bucket with a clean, clear plastic trash liner to prevent contamination of finish and finish buildup in the bucket; AND

• Carefully pour finish into lined bucket; do not fill more than half full; AND

• Immerse mop in finish, wring out bottom half, OR use the Fast Glide Finish System

• Never pour finish back into the original container (unless using the Fast Glide Finish System)

• Make sure the area you are working is a manageable size (50-100 square feet)

• Outline area by lightly applying finish in a straight line to edges and corners on every other coat. Stay away from walls on other coats by 3-9". Vary this distance for each coat to blend in finish. Use caution to avoid getting finish on baseboards, etc.

• Fill in outlined area with a figure "8" motion

• Lay finish in even, thin to medium coats

• Turn mop over to access more finish

• Apply as many coats as possible (usually 2-5 for most applications), but no more than 6 per day (if using sealer, apply 2 coats then use finish for the rest)

14. Dry Time

• Recoat 10 minutes after the entire floor is dry to the touch

15. Use an Air Mover/Floor Fan(s)

• Let finish dry at least 5-10 minutes then use indirect air movement for faster drying time (direct air mover upward or away from work area) NOTE: Check for dust and loose items before using

air mover.

16. Burnish with Floor Pad if Recommended

• Some finishes can be dry burnished for enhanced gloss (1500 RPM or more) after the last coat is dry

• Do not spray buff floor for at least 24 hours

• Dust mop again, if necessary

17. Remove Wet Floor Signs when Floor is Completely Dry

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Acceptable Level of Floor Appearance

Ideally resilient floors should be clean and glossy, and free of marks, foreign matter and

visible traffic lanes. We call this the Standard of Cleanliness. The Acceptable Level of

Appearance is the degree to which a facility is expected to meet this standard as directed by

the highest level of the facility’s management.

Acceptable Level of Floor Appearance

Ideally resilient floors should be clean and glossy, and free of marks, foreign matter and visible traffic lanes. We call this the Standard of Cleanliness. The Acceptable Level of Appearance is the degree to which a facility is expected to meet this standard as directed by the highest level of the facility’s management.

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On Preventive Maintenance

The greatest damage to finished floors comes from abrasive soils that are tracked into a facility. In fact, nearly 80% of dirt, grime and dust in a building is tracked in from the outside on people’s shoes. Stop it before it enters the building by removing it from footwear with walk-off mats. A matting system designed for your facility is essential for preventing this soil from entering the facility and being worn into floors.

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Cleaning Procedure

1. Use Appropriate Matting System

• Remove dirt and grit with an external "scraper" mat

• Remove additional dirt and some water with an indoor mat

• Final removal of water can be achieved with an additional mat as required

• Walk-off mats should allow for foot traffic to take a minimum of two (2) steps on the mat

Interim Resilient Floor Maintenance

Gloss Restoring Procedure

Assemble Materials Cleaning Procedure

Tools

175-300 RPM Floor Machine or 1500 or more RPM Burnisher Pad Driver Appropriate Floor Pad for spray buffing or burnishing Dust Pan Broom or Counter Brush Safety Glasses/Goggles

Gloves Wet Floor Signs Dust Mop, Handle and Frame Bucket and Wringer and Cotton-Blend Mop; or Fast Glide Mopping System; or Autoscrubber Rayon, Rayon-Blend or Finish Mop (if using restorer without an autoscrubber) Mop Handle(s) Scraper or Putty Knife Measuring Cup (if not using dilution control) Clear Plastic Trash Liner and Mop Bucket and Wringer (if using

restorer without autoscrubber)

Chemicals

Dust Mop Treatment (optional) Neutral Cleaner or Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner, Spray Buff or Restorer

Neutralizer/Conditioner

1. Dust Mop and Damp Mop or Autoscrub Floor Surface

• Follow Routine Resilient Floor Maintenance steps 1-8

2. Inspect Floor Condition

• Good clean finish – restore shine

• Dirty finish – go directly to scrub and recoat

• Worn finish – go directly to strip and recoat

3. Spray Buff Floor

• Use 175-300 RPM floor machine

• Install clean spray buffing pad, typically red, but use white pad for very soft finishes or less aggressiveness

• Lightly mist spray buff in a 50-100 sq. ft. area

• Flip or replace spray buffing pads when soiled

• Dust mop again, if necessary

OR,

4. Burnish Floor

• Use 1500 or more RPM burnisher

• Place restorer (diluted per label instructions) in mop bucket that has been lined with a clean, clear plastic trash liner or dilute restorer in autoscrubber to be applied with red pad(s)

• Mop on or apply restorer with autoscrubber and let dry

• Match burnishing pad to restorer, finish and equipment

• Install clean pad on burnisher

• Burnish floor

• Dust mop again, if necessary

5. Remove Wet Floor Signs When You Are Finished and Floor is Completely Dry

6. Inspect Your Work

• Replace any furniture, etc. that you moved

• Look to see that work has been completed

• Report concerns and preventive maintenance needs to your supervisor

Interim Resilient Floor Maintenance

Scrub & Recoat Procedure

Assemble Materials Cleaning Procedure

Tools

Measuring Cup (if not using dilution control) Walk-Off Mat (place next to work area to keep adjacent/transition area clean & dry) Non-Marking Tape (to protect doorways and edges)

Wipers/Rags Floor Dam, Stripper Stopper, etc. (optional – to prevent liquid from entering adjacent area) Broom or Counter Brush Dust Pan Safety Glasses/Goggles Gloves Stripping Boots Wet Floor Signs Dust Mop, Handle and Frame Mop Bucket(s) and Wringer(s) (1 or 2)

Cotton-Blend Mops and Handles (2) (cleaning solution/rinse) Blue Floor Pad(s) 175-300 RPM Floor Machine with Pad Driver, or Autoscrubber Floor Squeegee with Handle, or Wet/Dry Vacuum with Squeegee (if not using autoscrubber) Finish Mop; or a Low-Lint Rayon or Rayon-Blend Mop and Handle; or Fast Glide Finish System Clear Plastic Trash Liner (unless using the Fast Glide Finish System) Air Mover/Floor Fan(s) 1500 or more RPM Burnisher (optional) Appropriate Floor Pad for burnishing (optional)

Chemicals

General-Purpose Cleaner Neutralizer/Conditioner Floor Finish Dust Mop Treatment (optional)

Cleaning Procedure

 

1. Use Appropriate Safety Equipment

• Put on safety glasses/goggles when using chemicals

• Put on gloves when working with chemicals

• Place work shoes into stripping boots to prevent slip-and fall accidents

 

2. Assemble Equipment

3. Prepare Area

• Remove trash cans/all movable objects

• Stack chairs

4. Post Wet Floor Signs

• Put Wet Floor signs at all entrances (CAUTION WET FLOOR CAUTION WET FLOOR)

5. Dust Mop

• Remove gum and/or tape

• Dispose of soil

6. Prepare Scrub Cleaner – Adjust the Dilution Rate to Determine the Depth of Scrub

• General-purpose cleaner Light Dilution – 1 coat Medium Dilution – 2 coats

• Use a blue pad

7. Apply Cleaning Solution Liberally

 

8. Scrub Floor with Cleaning Pad

9. Pick up Slurry before it dries

• Mop and bucket – use floor squeegee

• Wet/dry vacuum with floor squeegee and wand or front-mount squeegee

• Auto scrubber (rinse at the same time)

10. Thoroughly Rinse Floor

• Wet mop floor with neutralizer/conditioner

• Then wet mop floor with clean water one or more times as needed

11. Allow Floor to Dry

 

12. Apply Finish

• Select the finish for your needs

• Use a clean finish mop or low-lint rayon or rayon blend mop or the Fast Glide Finish System

• Presoak brand new mops in plain water and wring out ell prior to use

• Use a finish mop for applying finish only, not for other mopping procedures

• Line mop bucket with a clean, clear plastic trash liner to prevent contamination of finish and finish buildup in the bucket; AND

• Carefully pour finish into lined bucket; do not fill more than half full; AND

• Immerse mop in finish, wring out bottom half, OR use the Fast Glide Finish System

• Never pour finish back into the original container (unless using the Fast Glide Finish System)

• Make sure the area you are working is a manageable size (50-100 square feet)

• Outline area by lightly applying finish in a straight line to edges and corners on every other coat. Stay away from walls on other coats by 3-9" Vary this distance for each coat to blend in finish. Use caution to avoid getting finish on baseboards, etc.

• Fill in outlined area with a figure "8" motion

• Lay finish in even, thin to medium coats

• Turn mop over to access more finish

• Apply 2 to 4 coats

13. Dry Time

• Recoat 10 minutes after the entire floor is dry to the touch

14. Use an Air Mover/Floor Fan(s)

• Let finish dry at least 5-10 minutes then use indirect air movement for faster drying time (direct air mover upward or away from work area) NOTE: Check for dust and loose items before using air mover.

15. Burnish with Floor Pad if Recommended

• Some finishes can be dry burnished for enhanced gloss (1500 RPM or more) after the last coat is dry

• Do not spray buff floor for at least 24 hours

• Dust mop again, if necessary

16. Remove Wet Floor Signs When Floor is completely dry

17. Inspect Your Work

• Replace any furniture, etc.that you moved

• Look to see that work has been accomplished

• Report concerns and preventive maintenance needs to your supervisor
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