Floor Care Training Module

Floor Care Training Module

Applying Floor Finish

Applying Floor Finish

Floor finish should be applied immediately after a floor has been stripped or deep scrubbed in order to protect the floor, increase the safety of the surface, and enhance the appearance.

Instructions

Always wear personal protective equipment when handling chemicals including gloves and goggles. Review the product labels and chemical SDS.

Prepare the floor

A

Remove furniture and fixtures, then dust mop the floor.

B

Place wet floor signs around the area that is being finished.

C

Clean base boards and corners before applying the floor finish.

D

Burnish the clean, stripped floor with a high speed burnisher and burnishing pad.

TIP: If your burnisher does not have a dust control feature you will need to dust mop again after burnishing and prior to applying floor finish.

Traditional Mop Method

It is very important to use a clean mop that has not been used for anything else but applying floor finish.

1

Insert a clean new trash liner into the finish bucket overlapping the bucket edge. Place the wringer over the bucket and liner.

2

Pour the correct amount of finish you will need into the bucket.

TIP: One gallon of finish will provide a medium thick coat with 2,000 to 2,500 square feet of coverage.

3

Immerse your clean wet mop into the floor finish. Place the mop in the wringer and wring the bottom half of the mop.

4

Start the finishing process at the area farthest from the exit. You will move towards the exit as you work. This will prevent walking over the wet area. Work in areas approximately 15 by 20 feet.

5

On the very first coat, outline the area you will be finishing. Mop parallel to the wall. Fill in the center area using a figure eight motion. Flip the mop every three or four passes to distribute the finish evenly.

6

As the mop begins to feel dry, re-immerse the mop into the finish bucket and wring the bottom half of the mop gently several times.

7

Wait at least 20 minutes between coats. Touch the floor with your hand to make sure it is not damp or tacky, then apply the next coat. When applying finish after stripping, lay a minimum of four coats.

TIP: Never add more than four coats of finish in one night. Wait 24 hours if possible before high speed burnishing.

8

Using an air mover directed above the finish can accelerate drying times. Do not point the blower directly on the floor or up on overhead ceiling vents.

9

Apply the second and third coats to the middle of the floor area staying at least a foot away from the wall.

10

The final coat of finish should be applied to both the middle of the floor and the border, using the same outlining method as the first coat.

11

Gather up your supplies, rinse the mop out thoroughly and hang to air dry. Dispose of the remaining finish and return furniture to its original place.

TIP: Left-over finish cannot be re-used because it will become contaminated.

Microfiber Applicator Method

The gravity fed system is designed with a finish feed tank, aluminum frame and microfiber floor finish pad.

1

Attach the microfiber finish pad to the pad holder. Fill the floor finish holding tank with Maintex floor finish. Tighten the lid.

2

Move to the area furthest from the exit to begin applying the finish. Press the liquid release button to begin dispensing finish. Saturate the pad and outline the area you are finishing along the border. Fill in the center using a figure eight motion.

3

Wait at least 20 minutes between coats. Touch the floor with your hand to make sure it is not damp or tacky, then apply the next coat. When applying finish after stripping, lay a minimum of four coats.

TIP: Never add more than four coats of finish in one night. Wait 24 hours if possible before high speed burnishing.

4

Using an air mover directed above the finish can accelerate drying times. Do not point the blower directly on the floor or up on overhead ceiling vents.

5

Apply the second and third coats to the middle of the floor area staying at least a foot away from the wall.

6

The final coat of finish should be applied to both the middle of the floor and the border, using the same outlining method as the first coat.

7

Gather up your supplies, rinse the mop out thoroughly and place to air dry. Drain the remaining finish and thoroughly clean and rinse the dispensing tube. Return furniture back to its original place.

Knowledge Quiz

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Floor stripping is the process that comes before applying floor finish when mopping or scrubbing are not enough to restore a floor’s appearance.

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Orbital floor stripping is a safe, chemical-free process that allows for the even removal of floor finish across the entire cleaning path.

Applying Floor Finish

Floor finish should be applied immediately after a floor has been stripped or deep scrubbed in order to protect the floor, increase the safety of the surface, and enhance the appearance.

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