Rotovac Corporation cleaning carpet

Applying Floor Finish

Equipment:
  • Wet Floor Signs
  • Mop Bucket and Wringer
  • Clean Floor Finish Mop with Mop Handle
  • Plastic Trash Liner
  • Small utility pail (applying finish) *optional method
Procedures:
Prior to finishing or re-finishing all dust and debris must be removed either through a scrubbing or stripping procedure.

  • Assemble your equipment. Place wet floor signs. The signs must indicate which areas are being finished.
  • Place a new trash liner in your mop bucket and allow excess to drape over the side of the bucket.
  • Pour appropriate floor finish into lined mop bucket.
  • Place your finish mop into bucket and GENTLY wring out excess material. The most effective way to remove excess material is place the mop into the wringer and push the mop down into the wringer. This will remove all excess finish while eliminating any foam build-up in the bucket. DO NOT PLACE MOP IN WRINGER AND WRING OUT, This causes a great deal of foam in the bucket which leads to bubbles in the floor finish.
  • Outline the perimeter of the area to be finished. It is not necessary to go to the baseboard. We recommend no more than two (2) coats of finish around the perimeter. It is a rare occasion when people walk around the perimeter and scuff the floor.
  • Begin applying the finish in a "figure eight motion". The figure eight motion allows for a 20 - 25 percent overlap; therefore leaving no missed spots.
  • Allow floor finish to dry; approximate dry times vary between 15 - 25 minutes.
  • Reapply finish until desired results are achieved.
  • How many coats do I need?
    A general rule of thumb is, apply enough even coats so the floor "Looks Wet When Itís Dry". This can usually be accomplished with 3 - 5 coats of finish.
Optional Procedure:
  • Fill the appropriate pail with floor finish.
  • Dip the head (where the mop handle attaches) of the finish mop into the pail containing the finish (this will allow the finish to flow through the fibers at a constant rate).
  • Begin applying a thin even coat of finish around the perimeter of the room. Turn the mophead often and re-dip into the pail before the mop becomes dried out.
  • Using a side to side (figure eight) movement, apply the finish to the floor area and overlap the strokes of the mop.
  • Allow floor to dry 15 - 25 minutes and reapply additional coats. *Alternate direction
  • How many coats do I need?
    A general rule of thumb is, apply enough even coats so the floor "Looks Wet When Itís Dry". This can usually be accomplished with 3 - 5 coats of finish.
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