Cleaning Hardwood Flooring – Extend the Life of the Seal by Burnishing

This article’s goal is introduce and recommend a method of cleaning hardwood flooring that extends the life cycle of the protective hardwood top coating of seal and/or wood finish. This method is unfamiliar to most facility managers.  Most commercial facility managers do not realize that protective hardwood seal/finish can be cleaned and burnished. Many are under the misconception regarding cleaning hardwood flooring that wood floors can be burnished.

In fact they can be burnished and this procedure actually helps bring back the gloss and shine and also extends the life of the seal/finish. What we mean by extending the life cycle, we mean extending the time period between having to recoat the hardwood flooring. This step requires a specialty cleaner burnish Restorer.  These type of products used when cleaning hardwood flooring will actually leave a thin layer of added protection to the wood floor finish which improves gloss and protection of the hardwood flooring.

 If you are interested in the cleaning steps for hardwood floors click the following link (How to Clean Hardwood Floors – Simple Regular Cleaning).

 

Cleaning Hardwood Flooring – Commercial Step by Step Procedures

 

Cleaning Hardwood Flooring – Automatic Scrubber

  • Block off area to be cleaned, burnished and restored with caution tape and/or Wet Floor Signs.
     
  • Prepare and use Personal Protective equipment according to the product specification and MSDS.
     
  • Start cleaning hardwood flooring by dust mopping the floor with untreated dust mop to remove most of the surface dust. However, microfiber dust mops are available and are the recommend tool for this procedure. Remove gum and other debris adhered to the floor with a Blunt Plastic Scraper. Do Not over scrape or apply to much pressure. Doing so may damage the finish coating of the floor.
     
  • Using a dry vacuum, vacuum entrance matting. A vacuum with a beater brush is the preferred equipment. If entrance matting is removable, unload soil from entrance matting. If not, utilize the dry vacuum procedure above.
     
  • In an auto scrubber’s solution tank, diluted the cleaner and burnishing restorer with water according to product label directions. Using a white pad on the auto scrubber, scrub and pick up solution with one pass.
     
  • When dry to the touch, normally in about 3 to 7 minutes, burnish the floor with an Ultra high Speed pad and a burnishing buffer.

 

Cleaning Hardwood Flooring – Damp Mop Application

  • Block off area to be cleaned, burnished and restored with caution tape and/or Wet Floor Signs.
     
  • Prepare and use Personal Protective equipment according to the product specification and MSDS.
     
  • Start cleaning hardwood flooring by dust mopping the floor with untreated dust mop to remove most of the surface dust. Remove gum and other debris adhered to the floor with a Blunt Plastic Scraper. Do Not over scrape or apply to much pressure. Doing so may damage the finish coating of the floor.
     
  • Using a dry vacuum, vacuum entrance matting. A vacuum with a beater brush is the preferred equipment. If entrance matting is removable, unload soil from entrance matting. If not, utilize the dry vacuum procedure above.
     
  • Mix the Cleaner Burnish Restorer with water in a bucket according to label directions. With a wet mop, Damp mop entire floor area. Be careful not to over wet the hardwood flooring.
     
  • Be sure to change the solution often to insure the solution remains fresh and clean. Otherwise soil can build up in the bucket. This build up of soil will be re-deposited to the wood floor instead of cleaning it.
     
  • When dry to the touch, normally in about 5 to 15 minutes, burnish the floor with an Ultra high Speed pad and a burnishing buffer.

 

Cleaning Hardwood Flooring – Reference Websites

 

Diversey, Inc.

National Wood Flooring Association

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