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Cleaning Concierge

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Barrett Wiley
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#21
I'd strip it and start over. You don't know what the other guy has been doing or using on the floor and if you want to provide your customer with the best results along with saving your self some headaches on future maintenance.

You need to put down at least 3 coats of wax. 1 usually goes into the floor, the 2nd produces some shine, 3 will get you a nice finish.

Do they do any mopping? Even without mopping a 2 person office with no traffic shouldn't require much maintenance unless they are slobs or bring a lot of heavy equipment through there.

Get yourself some Bonesaw stripper and Prescription floor finish from @FloorCareMD, it's pretty tough stuff and wears well.

You could use a Cimex to strip, but I'm not sure you want to gum it up and then use it on carpets. The 175 with black pads is your best bet for stripping. Suck up the slurry with your wet/dry and then rinse with a neutral floor cleaner. The Rubbermaid Hygen http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003IWV0T2/?tag=truck0b9-20 system does an awesome job of laying down wax and saving you money over a rayon mop.

You're going to need a pole scraper: https://www.ungercleaning.com/p-941-4-inch-light-duty-scraper.aspx

And a doodlebug with black pads: http://www.northernsafety.com/Product/30250/3M-Doodlebug-Kit-with-Pad-Holder-Pads

Both for doing edges and corners.
Mike is dead on with his advice.
 
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Chris Sawyer
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#22
Is anyone here managing a vct contract daily? I need some good advice tomorrow. They want sweeping and mopping 6 days per week, burnishing 2x per week, and a strip and wax every 6 months. Rehab hospital. Need advice and will give more details when we talk. Is anyone available to talk tomorrow?
 

ronman

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#23
I'd strip it and start over. You don't know what the other guy has been doing or using on the floor and if you want to provide your customer with the best results along with saving your self some headaches on future maintenance.

You need to put down at least 3 coats of wax. 1 usually goes into the floor, the 2nd produces some shine, 3 will get you a nice finish.

Do they do any mopping? Even without mopping a 2 person office with no traffic shouldn't require much maintenance unless they are slobs or bring a lot of heavy equipment through there.

Get yourself some Bonesaw stripper and Prescription floor finish from @FloorCareMD, it's pretty tough stuff and wears well.

You could use a Cimex to strip, but I'm not sure you want to gum it up and then use it on carpets. The 175 with black pads is your best bet for stripping. Suck up the slurry with your wet/dry and then rinse with a neutral floor cleaner. The Rubbermaid Hygen system does an awesome job of laying down wax and saving you money over a rayon mop.

You're going to need a pole scraper: https://www.ungercleaning.com/p-941-4-inch-light-duty-scraper.aspx

And a doodlebug with black pads: http://www.northernsafety.com/Product/30250/3M-Doodlebug-Kit-with-Pad-Holder-Pads

Both for doing edges and corners.
Great post Mike! I'm bidding a vct job now, looking for direction, since I've never done it before. They want quarterly stripping, monthly buffing. Any suggestions?
Decent size job, lots of small rooms and halls, a medical facility.
Thanks Ron
 

floorclean

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#24
No floor needs stripping that often. Proper maintenance and even the worst floor will last a year.
 

PistolPete

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#25
I have a couple of contracts in high volume commercial settings where a top scrub & recoat at 6 months is all that's required.