How To Treat Streaking and Slippery Floors
Streaking of a floor is usually the result of being damaged due to incorrect procedures. A slippery floor may be a lawsuit ready to happen whether it is due to moisture on the floor or poor maintenance. Take a moment to review both these topics and identify any other areas that can put your company at risk.
If floors have streaking:
Cause: Floor finish or seal not thoroughly dry before applying additional coats
Solution: Strip, rinse, and reapply - Do not re-coat if mop drags
Cause: Contaminated mops or pails used to apply finish (i.e. dirty strip mop used)
Solution: Strip, rinse, and reapply floor finish using clean equipment
Cause: Floor finish frozen or stored in extreme heat
Solution: Replace damaged product. Strip, rinse, and reapply new finish
Cause: Floor finish applied over factory finish on new tile
Solution: Strip, rinse, and reapply new finish
Cause: Contaminated finish put back into drum
Solution: Do not use leftover finish. Dispose of contaminated finish. Strip, rinse, and reapply finish
Cause: Improperly rinsed floor before coating
Solution: Rinse floor after scrubbing or stripping before floor finish is applied
Cause: Dirty mop or equipment used when applying finish
Solution: Ensure equipment is clean before attempting to apply finish
Cause: Floor not thoroughly scrubbed and rinsed before applying finish
Solution: Scrub and rinse floor thoroughly before applying finish
Cause: Cotton mop heads that have not been soaked prior to initial use
Solution:Soak new cotton mop heads prior to first use for mopping or applying finishes
If floors seem slippery:
Cause: Silicone based products (furniture polishes, glass cleaners) getting on floor due to aerosol overspray or accidental spills
Solution: If silicone based products are used near aisles, apply to rag prior to use to reduce the chance of over spray hitting floor. Scrub floor thoroughly to remove: If floor is still slippery after cleaning, apply a medium coat of finish over affected area
Cause: Ice melting compounds on floor
Solution: Clean contaminated (normally near entrances and at end of runners) floor thoroughly with clean water to remove - Do not use detergents or vinegar when spot cleaning. Control amount of ice melting chemicals used. Use approved mats and runners. Extraction-clean mats and runners occasionally with clear water
Cause: Powder residue left on floor after burnishing, etc.
Solution: Dust mop floor after burnishing
Cause: Dirt and grit on floor
Solution: Use approved mats and runners. Dust mop thoroughly
Cause: Improperly treated dust mops being used - usually oil treated.
Solution: Use Paraffin treated mops
Cause: Improper detergent solution: little or none will not permit removal of foreign substances
Solution: Always measure the detergent and use recommended dilution
Cause: Use of acids (vinegar) in cleaning water. Acids will destroy the cleaning ability of detergents
Solution: Always measure the detergent and use recommended dilution- Do not add vinegar
There are many challenges to maintaining a floor and it is an ongoing job to determine the cause and then find a solution. Always consult with a knowledgeable vendor who can bring in support if necessary.
Your comments and questions are always welcome. 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.