Once all the details are in hand, a distributor can offer floor mat recommendations. It’s important to specify the correct pad for the function, Wood notes. Stripping, cleaning, scouring, polishing, polishing and burnishing are separate functions that use specific pads.
The industry has developed a standard color coding system to simplify the selection of stamps. The system changes from light to dark, with light-colored pads being the least aggressive and dark-colored pads the most aggressive.
White pads are non-abrasive polishing pads that work well with slower speed floor machines. These pads level out scratches for a high gloss look. Technicians can even use them with polished concrete to create a shine.
The red options are lightweight abrasive pads that work well for spray polishing for a satin luster. Manufacturers designed these pads for light cleaning and they work well with VCT and LVT tiles. But McGarvey encourages end-users to pay attention to machine speeds, as manufacturers often don’t design red pads for higher-speed equipment.
âSometimes I see red swirl marks on the ground,â he says. âNow you have another project: removing marks from the floor. Â»Blue pads provide medium abrasion for lightly soiled floors and work well for deep cleanings. Green pads also provide medium abrasion for wet scrubbing and can remove embedded dirt and black marks in high traffic areas.
âIf a floor is dirty and a customer wants to clean it, you’ll want to use green or blue floor pads. These are cleaning pads, âadds Wood.
When stripping the finish, an aggressive stripping pad or black pad will do the trick, but pay attention to the manufacturer’s instructions. These are aggressive pad options and some manufacturers advise against their use as they can damage floors if used improperly.
âIf you use a pad that’s too coarse, you can scratch the finish,â says Wood. “Then the floor won’t be shiny and it won’t look clean.” “
While color may guide the choice, McGarvey cautions that not all stamps are created equal – the manufacturing process is a factor. For example, some manufacturers mix grain into the composition of the tampon, while others apply grain only to the surface of the tampon.
âWhen it’s baked throughout the cushion, as the top surface wears down, it exposes fresh grain,â he says. âPads that have gravel sprayed on may cost less, but you get what you pay for. They won’t last that long.
With sustainability playing an increasingly important role, McGarvey also suggests choosing a Green Seal GS-20 certified floor mat. These pads work as well as other pads, but have a longer life to help reduce the production of solid waste.
âThis is just another area where we can look for sustainable products for our customers,â he says.
Specifying the right soil buffers is critically important work. Knowing the customer, their equipment and flooring, as well as the specifics of their operation and what they want to accomplish, will help distributors make flooring recommendations.
Ronnie Wendt is a freelance writer based in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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