Tips for Your Summer Floor Care

Summer is officially in full swing! The kids are out of school and the Chicago weather is finally warm! Now is the time to get those floors looking great! Continue reading to discover Pike System’s best practices for a variety of floor care! 

 Floor Stripping Best Practices:

  • Keep the floor wet; do not let the solution dry
  • Do not ring your mop out. Pull it straight from the mop bucket and onto the floor
  • Allow 15 minutes for the solution to activate before scrubbing. Scrubbing too soon is counter-productive
  • Use 1 pad per 1,000 square feet. Flip that pad at 500 square feet and discard after 1,000 square feet
  • Coat the baseboards with Hil-Tone or any oil-based dust mop treatment to prevent stripper residue from adhering to baseboards
  • If you havea n orbital machine, use an SPP Pad with the orbital machine to scrub baseboards. Position the pad in the middle of the pad deck and curl it or fold it up in the front of the machine to hit the baseboards at the desired height

Traditional Top Scrubbing: 

  • Keep the floor wet; do not let the solution dry
  • Use a GREEN scrub pad, Black is too aggressive and white/red are not aggressive enough
  • Use 1 pad per 1,000 square feet. Flip that pad at 500 square feet and discard after 1,000 square feet
  • Scrub both horizontally and vertically to ensure even and thorough abrsion

Top Scrub and Recoat with Orbital Machines: 

  • Always dust mop floor before using an orbital machine
  • When using a walk-behind orbital scrubber, run the machine on the lowest water setting with the pad driver locked in the downward position. Chemical is not needed
  • When using a corded orbital, damp mop floor with water prior to scrubbing to contain the dust
  • The less water, the better. Too much water will cause this machine to hydroplane preventing the pad from removing any finish
  • 1 SPP Pad will scrub 10,000 sq. ft. of flooring. To optimize pad life, you’ll need to rinse after every 1,000 sq. ft. Begin the day with 10 pads; 1 per classroom

Looking for a new scrubber to get the job done? We recommend the Advance SC1500 with Rev Technology!

Report any equipment performance issues immediately. Never use a machine that is missing a prong or has exposed wires! Have more questions? Call us at 630.896.6373 – we are here to help!

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