The top ten hints for re-coating resilient floors

Why resilient only?

Simple answer…
Resilient floors are at least somewhat predictable.
If you are a Floorcare professional.  You most likely know these answers.
Why did I do top ten?
I liked Letterman.  Oh and “Top ten lists” do very well on social media.
1. Floor finish success is all about pH. Most finishes range from 8.5 to 9.5.  Far from neutral which is 7.  Finish will not adhere to a surface that strays from the above range by much.
2. There is no such thing as a permanent floor finish.  Permanent means a couple of years by Floorcare standards.  It doesn’t mean that it will not wear.  Often permanent finishes result in more work in the long run.
3. Floor finish is like paint.  When you view it as it were paint surface preparation becomes far more important to you: The PROFESSIONAL
4. Different finishes have different results on different floors.  A floor finish may not look perfect on every floor.  Long term success depends upon the right finish for your floor. Not the finish that is the shiniest out of the gate.
5. Remember the rule of 100 plus one.  For the maximum number of coats that you can apply.  Multiply the floor finish solids content by whatever number of coats it takes to get closest to 100 hundred but not more, and allow no more than one additional coat.
I.E.  If a finish is 24 percent solids. 4×24=96.  Therefore only 4 coats plus one.
Or… If a finish is 26 percent solids 3×26=78.  Therefore only 3 coats plus one.
6. To quote one of the best floor guys I know: Paul Hopkins, from Betco.  “Thin to win”. Not his words he will say, but he said them to me first.  Thin coats give you the best success.
7. Start with a smooth surface end with a smooth surface.  That one is obvious.
8. If a coat of floor finish has not dried in 40 minutes.  Stop.  Call the manufacturer.  Get advice on your next step.
9.  Never put another coat of finish on your floor until the prior coat or the surface is 100 percent dry.  Squeaky socks are my best indicator.  I never wear shoes after my first coat.  Way less risk of contamination.
10. If it doesn’t look right after your first coat. It will look worse after any subsequent coats.  Stop!
There are lots of other rules.  These ones just hit home for me.  I will probably do more as my readers remind me of my oversights.  Next issue….   Stripping for success.  No brass pole required.  Stripping or deep scrubbing far out weights finish application where results are concerned.
Please let me know what you think?
Ok rule number 11
Never pour finish back into the bucket.
Some people suggest to Use it up on a concrete floor that is clean. It will help to control dust.
Arrrgh 12.   High humidity 90% or higher almost always results in floor finish failure.  High temperature and high humidity are a dreadful combination.
Lucky number 13.  A cold floor.  Mostly near a store entrance or floor mounted freezer means that you need to coat thin and or not coat until weather or ambient temperature improves.
More to come I am sure.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Dave

    Good post with some very quick useful information

  2. Thanks for sharing such a great article. I am glad that I came across such an amazing article. Such great tips you have shared with us. It’s very difficult to know when to when the floors need a recoating. But your article made it easier. Thanks

    1. Marina S

      Glad you enjoyed the article! Let us know if you ever need help deciding when to re-coat your floor and one of our experts can help walk you through any questions you may have.
      Thank you for your comment,
      -Marina S.
      (Customer Service)

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