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Home  > News Archive > Floor Polish frequently raised issues

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Floor Polish frequently raised issues






1.    Slow drying

a.    Emulsion applied too thickly

Apply coats thinly & evenly with mop or applicator. Never pour onto floor


b.    Poor ventilation

Open doors & windows


c.     Low temperature

Heat rooms


d.    High humidity

Heat & ventilate room

2.    Polish dries with patchy or streaky finish

a.    Traces of old emulsion or dirt left after stripping

See fault 7


b.    Traces of stripper remaining on floor

Rinse floor thoroughly. Use of vinegar in rinsing water will help to neutralise


b.  Contaminated mop, bucket etc used for application

Use clean equipment and keep a mop for polish application


d. Further coat applied before dry

Cut back & reapply as in remedy 2f


e. Insufficient polish applied

See remedy 1a


f. Polish applied too thickly

See remedy 1a. If floor is old or porous in patches, cut back finish with dry, medium grade pad, then apply one further coat overall

3.      Short life of polish film

a. Traces of stripper or dirt   remaining on floor

See Fault 7 & remedy 2b


b. Unsuitable type of polish for area

Choose a high solids metallised dressing


c. Insufficient polish used

See remedy 1a


d. If machine buffing, too coarse a grade of pad being used

Always use finest grade of pad that will achieve desired results


e. Wrongly diluted or wrong chemical being used for maintenance

Ideally choose a maintainer which will remove dirt, retain gloss & replace protective film, all at the same time


f. Outside pollution being tracked onto floor

Also see fault 6

Provide proper entrance mats which hold abrasive soil, general dirt & moisture

4.        Powdering

g.Traces of spirit based wax remain after stripping

Consult manufacturer to obtain suitable stripper


b.Traces of stripper or contamination remaining on floor

See remedy 2b


c. Emulsion allowed to build up

See fault 7


d. Too coarse a pad being used for maintenance

See remedy 3d. If necessary follow up by dust mopping


e. Wrongly diluted or wrong maintenance chemical used

Choose a floor maintainer which has flexibility to respond to buffering


f.      Sand or grit being tracked onto floor

See remedy 3f


a. Presence of oil, food spills, water, dust etc. on the surface

Remove by cleaning/drying. If tracked in, see remedy 3f


b. Overspray from furniture polishes

Clean floor. Instruct operatives how to avoid- eg. On upright surfaces such as doors, spray onto cloth rather than onto floor


c.Spirit based wax being tracked from adjacent areas

Clean floor to remove wax.Install suitable matting between areas.See remedy 3f


d. Detergent, soap or gel residue built up on floor

Remove by scrubbing, then ideally use system in remedy 3e

6.Loss of finish on top of polish film

a. Premature wearing of polish film

See fault 3


b.Fine film of dirt spread across surface. Check by rubbing with cloth

Check mopping system. Wash out mop in solution and change water more frequently