No matter how good the floor care program, a harsh winter can leave a floor looking drab and discolored upon the first blooms of spring.  Floors generally need to be stripped to return them to like-new condition, says Griffith. A floor that needs stripping may look dull and its finish may appear uneven, cloudy or hazy. After stripping, the floor will need recoating with a floor finish.

BSCs will likely need to do a deep scrub before applying finish to spruce up tired looking floors.

“Most BSCs find it’s a good time to strip and recoat just to get rid of leftover contaminants that were brought in during the winter,” says Josephs.

Whether stripping or just a deep scrub is required is largely determined by how well crews kept up the floor during the winter months, says Griffin.

“During the winter you have a couple of options, you can up your frequencies and try to keep things looking good, or you can let it go and try to spruce it back up in the spring,” he says.

Which is best is largely up to the facility owners and their requirements, he adds.

Ronnie Garrett is a freelance writer based in Fort Atkinson, Wis. She is a frequent contributor to Contracting Profits.

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