Here’s the problem: A cleaning professional reported his just finished floor “looks great,” but the center areas do not. Instead, “you can see a discoloration in the gloss.”
He applied four coats of finish and made sure the floor was dry to the touch between coats.
However, it appears “it is the way he applied the finish that is the problem,” says Mike Englund, a 30 year-year veteran in the professional cleaning industry and product manager for Powr-Flite, a leading manufacturer of floor care equipment.
The cleaning professional said he applied finish by “dumping it right out of a 5-gallon bucket down the middle of the floor” and then spread it with a mop.
“This is a shortcut that can move things along faster but cause big problems,” says Englund.
According to Englund, the gloss discoloration can be caused because:
“In some cases, the only solution is to strip the floor and start over,” says Englund. “To prevent this problem, take the time to apply finish correctly.”
How is this done? Englund suggests the following:
“There are usually few shortcuts when it comes to success,” adds Englund. “That applies to floor finish too.”