Cost per square foot of coverage more truly reflects what your floor finish budget will be. This reflects part of the actual “mileage” you’ll derive from the product. For example, a finish that costs $5 per gallon, but covers only 1,800 sq. ft. per gallon and requires six coats to produce an acceptable shine will cost $16.70 to effectively coat 1,000 square feet. A product that costs $9 per gallon but produces a good appearance with only three coats and covers 3,000 sq. ft. per gallon will cost only $9 per 1,000 square feet, a savings of nearly 50 percent.
By producing comparison print outs of two different floor finish programs, you can quickly see whether the initially less expensive product is costing you more overall.
Before exposure to traffic, the dry bright finish registered 80 on the gloss meter. After a full day of foot traffic, the reading was 60. Under the same conditions, the thermoplastic finish began at 90, and ended the day at 85. The more durable shine produced by the thermoplastic product reduced the need for restoration work, and lowered the supermarket’s overall maintenance budget.
In short, buying the right floor finish, like buying the right automobile, means doing your homework: evaluating performance and maintenance costs, and considerable “test driving” Choosing value over cost is the key to finding a coating that goes the distance, and delivers satisfied customers.
Catalytic Top Coatings Improve Floor Care, Lower Costs By Allen Rathey
Catalytic top coatings promise to make finished floors shine longer while lowering maintenance. “Workers apply a thin, translucent coating which penetrates and chemically bonds or ‘fuses’ up to 6 coats of floor finish,” according to Doug Hauff, CEO of U.S. Products. “This makes the surface more durable and resistant to soil than before while maintaining gloss and slip resistance.” Catalytic top-coat products work on all floors, including marble, terrazzo, vinyl, linoleum, concrete, quarry tile, glazed tile, etc. Newer products exceed UL standards for slip resistance and are zinc and metal-free.
Bill Griffin of Cleaning Consultant Services in Seattle, Wash., evaluated a catalytic product and reported: “We tested [catalytic coatings] in a healthcare environment, and they improved durability over regular floor finishes, extending the intervals needed for burnishing, scrubbing, and stripping.”
In other tests, a floor finish coated with a catalytic film followed by high speed buffing lasted 400% longer than the conventional finish alone, delaying the need for stripping, while eliminating rejuvenators and restorers. The coating also reduced upkeep expense by 65%.
Tips for Choosing a Floor Machine By Richard Carr
Automatic scrubbers and burnishers maximize cost effectiveness. In selecting the best specific equipment for your needs, there are several important factors to consider, including; size of floor area, number and type of obstructions, type of facility, traffic conditions, time of day maintenance will be performed, time allotted for maintenance, and available power source. Also, the level of desired maintenance, budget restraints, safety, and access to repair services must be considered.
The key to buying the right autoscrubber is to match the equipment to the job. Some questions to ask:
1) If the machine is to be used for stripping, does it have sufficient pad pressure to strip effectively?
2) Are the solution and recovery tanks matched to floor size?
3) How easy is the machine to service, and what is the quality and availability of repair services?
There are three types of burnishers; propane, battery, and cord electric. The features and benefits of each are discussed next.
Propane: With the best combination of pad pressure and pad speed, propane-powered burnishers increase productivity while delivering excellent wet-look appearance levels. Cordless, and lighter than battery models, these machines are highly mobile, and can operate up to ten hours before refueling. With more power than other kinds of burnishers, propane buffers can drive larger pads and cover expanses of flooring quickly.
Battery: These machines are mobile, quiet, require minimal maintenance, and are often used in hospitals, nursing homes, and other noise-sensitive environments. With greater potential pad pressure than cord electric machines, battery burnishers can easily produce wet-look appearance levels. Operating time averages two to four hours per charge.
Electric: Cord electric floor machines are simple to operate, quiet, require little maintenance, have a low initial cost and a long operational life. They are lighter and more compact than propane or battery models, so may be easily stored and transported.
Newer models produce wet look appearance levels.