Jangro has developed a programme of Floor Care which can be considered as a 3 step approach:
1. PREPARE – getting the floor into the correct state to receive the appropriate dressing
2. PROTECT – select and apply the appropriate polish finish
3. MAINTAIN – retain the finish by a regular programme of maintenance
The second stage is PROTECTION
Hard floors need to be protected from general wear and tear as well as attack from oil, grease and other chemicals. In order to do this some new floors usually require the application of a protective seal, followed by subsequent applications of a suitable floor polish. In turn this will enhance the appearance of the floor. Make the cleaning and maintenance process easier.
So let’s now look at the second stage of our Floor Care procedure
PROTECTION – The application of polish.
As before we need to be very mindful of all the health and safety considerations that were covered when stripping the floor.
Firstly the area has to be prepared and the equipment and materials you will need to have to be assembled.
You will need:
- Hazard warning signs
- The selected Jangro emulsion polish
- A bucket or polish tray
- Clean mop or polish applicator
The object is to now apply the emulsion polish to the floor following the instructions on the label of your Jangro product.
In preparing the area erect the hazard warning signs and open appropriate doors and windows to ventilate the space.
Ensure that the floor surface to be polished is clean and dry.
- Ensure that the floor surface to be polished is clean and dry.
- Put on the appropriate protective equipment, overalls, gloves etc.
- When applying polish, it is important to use clean equipment.
- Before beginning rinse out the mop or applicator several times in clean water and remove any loose fibres.
Charge the applicator or mop with a small amount of emulsion polish. Starting at the furthest point from the exit, apply a thin coat to the floor leaving a 6 – 9 inch gap around the edge, unless you are using a one-coat application. Using straight strokes in one direction only, ensure the floor is systematically covered.
Allow the polish to dry thoroughly. Adherence to drying times is crucial especially when more than one coat is required. Drying should be allowed to happen naturally and should never be forced.
- Apply the second coat in the opposite direction to the first coat and take up to the edges. Again allow the polish to dry thoroughly for about 20 – 30 minutes.
- Apply further coats as required leaving a 6 – 9 inches gap from the edge and allow to dry.
- It is also important to ensure that the polish has fully hardened before attempting to buff the floor. Therefore do not machine burnish for 24 hours.
- Finally check, clean and store equipment and materials, close ventilation, remove warning signs and replace furniture.
When the job is completed it is important to discard any unused polish. Never put unused emulsion polish back into the original container
Protection Problem Solving
Though the process is straightforward, occasionally things can go wrong. So let’s look at some of the common problems and their causes.
- As we have seen thorough drying is essential between coats. Sometimes drying seems very slow which delays the work. This can be caused by a variety of factors. Poor ventilation, low temperature, high humidity or applying too much polish are the likely culprits. The solutions to these are clear. Open doors and windows to improve ventilation. Unless you already have under-floor heating ensure that there is sufficient heating in the room. And finally ensure that only a thin coat of polish is used on each application.
- On completion, the final result might appear patchy or have a poor gloss finish. This might result from either poor preparation or polish application.
It is essential for a good result that before you start the floor is clean, dry and dust swept. The equipment ideally should be new but if previously used should be thoroughly cleaned. Do not apply the polish too thinly. More coats may be required to achieve the desired effect.
Ensure that each coat is ‘tack free’ dry before applying the next coat.
The floor has now been prepared and protected.
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