A reader writes: "My boss keeps throwing your articles in my face and stating that I can do better. Is there a better product I can use? How can I respond to him in a positive manner?"

First of all, I apologize that your boss is giving you grief over my articles since they are intended to generate discussion and encourage readers to conduct further research. I do not normally recommend a specific product and have no direct experience with the products you are currently using. Based on your feedback, the floor in question is old VCT (vinyl composite tile) exposed to high traffic, ice, snow, salt and sand that would put most floors under stress. When you also take into account a limited labor and supply budget, he may be getting the best outcomes possible. Following are some thoughts to consider.

1. It appears that you are not applying enough coats of finish at least in the high traffic areas to deal with the wear and tear you described.

2. You might also consider increasing the frequency of your "shower scrubs" and recoats since soils are being ground in which is really damaging the thin layers of finish on the floor.

3. Please consider my 80/20 Rule that focuses 80 percent of your labor on the 20 percent area that catches the most traffic and use. Yours may be 70/30 but the principle still applies.

4. You might consider testing other products but please make sure you are using the current finish effectively.

5. Take into account the importance of clean, dry walk-off mats and neutralizing the salts and other contaminants.

6. If the floor is old as you state, consider stripping down to the bare and applying two heavy coats of old fashioned seal before applying buffable finish. Give plenty of curing time between coats.

Your boss needs to understand that water-based floor finishes will only last so long and you seem to be getting the most from the limited labor and chemicals available. Note that I might have different suggestions if I had a better idea of the floor in question.

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net