Fort Worth, TX – October 11, 2011 - There are times when
even under the best of care, using the best chemicals and equipment, floor care
problems persist. For instance, streaking, poor gloss, uneven shine, even
discoloring are among floor care problems that can resurface for no apparent
This month’s Powr-Flite
Troubleshooter identifies some reasons this can happen and offers
specific ways to tackle the problem:
- First do nothing. Before attempting to
“fix” the problem, do nothing. Instead, make a list of what floor care problems
are present, where they are and are not located, the type of flooring,
when problems were first noted, traffic conditions in the problem area, and
even climate conditions. All of these can have an impact on the
appearance of floors.
- Matting: Most floor soiling is walked into a facility.
Experts suggest up to 15 feet of matting may be necessary at key building
- Chemical evaluation: Some floor care chemicals
from the same manufacturer are designed to work together as a system for
maximum results. Chemicals manufactured by different manufacturers may not
always work together well.
- Equipment evaluation. Older floor machines may not
have proper “pad to floor” contact, which can result in an uneven shine;
Squeegees on auto-scrubbers can tear, resulting in streaks and lines.
- Equipment care: Thoroughly empty tanks after each
use to prevent mold from developing, which can contaminated floor care
- Floor care plan. Having a written floor care plan
helps ensure that a variety of daily, interim and restoration floor care tasks
are completed and on set schedules.
“And we should not forget that
ISSA as well as some [jansan] distributors offer continuing education programs
specifically addressing floor care problems,” says Huong Pham, product manager
for Powr-Flite. “These [classes] can prove to be very helpful.”