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Understanding the Life Cycle of Floor Care: Restorative Maintenance

Taking good care of your floor isn’t just a matter of aesthetics, it’s also a key to avoiding costly repairs down the line. Let’s dive into the life cycle of floor care to understand the steps involved in maintaining that gorgeous shine and prolonging the life of your floors.

Routine Maintenance

First off, we have routine maintenance. The secret to a sparkling floor is in its smooth and clean coating. However, this can be compromised by soil and other particles which can dull the surface, making it rough and less reflective, not to mention increasing the chances of slips and falls. Hence, regular cleaning and upkeep are essential for retaining the floor’s luster and prolonging the time before the more intensive cleaning processes are needed.

Interim Maintenance

Next, we reach the stage of interim maintenance, also known as the scrub and re-coat phase. This comes into play when routine upkeep isn’t cutting it anymore and the floor begins to lose its sparkle. Without this timely intervention, the floor might need to be stripped, which can be a more laborious process. The top scrub and re-coat process involves carefully removing the dirty, uppermost layers of the floor finish, followed by applying a fresh layer or two of finish to restore the floor to its original sheen.

Restorative Maintenance

Lastly, there comes a point in every floor’s life when it needs a bit of serious TLC – this is where restorative maintenance comes in. Despite our best efforts, the daily wear and tear of traffic and the stubbornness of soil can degrade the floor’s finish. When the routine and interim measures just don’t do the trick anymore, it’s time for a more intense procedure called stripping and refinishing. This involves using specially crafted floor strippers to emulsify and lift away the grimy layers of finish. Once these layers are agitated and removed, your floor is left pristine, free of film, and ready to receive fresh layers of finish, bringing it back to its former glory.

One solution we highly recommend for stripping is Betco’s Extreme Floor Stripper. This product has been specially formulated to cut through and emulsify stubborn layers of old finish, allowing you to strip the floor effectively without causing any damage.

Betco’s Extreme Floor Stripper comes with a revolutionary technology that’s designed to penetrate and dissolve multiple layers of floor finish in minimal time. This means you’ll be spending less time scrubbing and more time admiring the impressive results! It’s a “no rinse” product, making the stripping process simpler and faster.

Furthermore, Extreme Floor Stripper is versatile and can be used on a wide range of floors including vinyl composition, vinyl, rubber, asphalt and terrazzo. Whether you’re dealing with a residential or commercial floor, this product delivers professional-grade results every time.

Follow these steps to use this product for stripping your floors, and click here to order online:

  1. Ensure the floor is clear of any furniture or objects. Sweep or dust mop the area to remove any loose soil or debris.
  2. Dilute the Extreme Floor Stripper according to the instructions on the label.
  3. Apply the diluted solution on the floor evenly and let it sit for the recommended amount of time.
  4. With a low-speed floor machine and stripping pad, agitate the floor lightly to break up the old layers of finish.
  5. Use a wet vacuum or mop to remove the emulsified finish.
  6. Once all the old finish has been removed, rinse the floor thoroughly with clean water and let it dry completely before applying new finish.

Remember, a little effort towards maintaining your floors can go a long way in saving you from heavy restoration expenses in the future. DP Supply, Inc. has all the products and tools you need for each step of the floor care life cycle. Browse all our solutions in our online catalog here, and contact us today for recommendations for your specific flooring type, needs and budget.