The following procedure is for reapplying coats to
an already finished floor or applying finish to a new floor. When
finishing a new floor always follow the manufacturers recommendations
for prepping the floor. You should always consult the flooring
manufacturer on the types of finishes that are suited to your floor.
When finishing any floor we recommend that you use a quality floor
finish that is correctly matched to your flooring. Our online floor
finishing procedure is are the general guidelines for finishing a
floor. These days floor finish has become the alternative to old
fashioned waxes. Floor finish can give a floor a great long lasting
shine without the problems of conventional waxes.
Make sure that your floor has been prepared for
finishing. Clean the floor removing as much dirt and debris as
possible. If the floor has more than 5 coats of finish we recommend
stripping the floor first. Too many layers of finish can dull a floor.
Over time floor finish can yellow in color if you see any yellowing on
the floor we also recommend that you strip the floor first. (for more
information on stripping a floor click here).
After you have the floor has been prepared
vacuum or dust mop the floor to remove any dust. We recommend that you
spray your duct mop with dust mop treatment to remove as much dust as
possible. Make sure to remove anything stuck to the floor, anything
that is on the floor when you finish it will become part of the floor
finish and you will have to strip your floor an begin again.
Make sure that the floor are you are finishing
does not and will not have traffic moving through it for at least 12 -
24 hours depending on the type of finish that your are applying (see
floor finish manufacturers specifications for curing and drying time).
Use warning signs to make sure the area where you are finishing is
marked out so that everyone is aware of the area.
Finishing a floor requires the use of two mop
buckets. One bucket will be used to keep the finish mop damp and the
other will be used to apply the floor finish. Line the floor finish
bucket with a clear trash can liner so that you can dispose of the
finish easily after the job is complete. For information on finish
mops please click here.
Fill one mop bucket 1/2 way up with water and
the lined mop bucket 1/4 full with floor finish. Dip you finish mop
into the water bucket and wring until the mop is damp and water does
not drip from the end. Next, dip the damp mop into the floor finish
and wring until the finish mop does not drip.
The best way to finish floors is to divide the
floor into sections to assure that an even amount of floor finish is
applied everywhere. Begin applying the floor finish at the furthest
corner from the entrance. Apply floor finish to the baseboard area
first (a block applicator can be a great tool for this job) working
away from the corner. Make sure the floor finish is going on to the
floor in a thin even coat.
After you have applied floor finish to the
baseboard move on to the open areas of the floor. Move the mop head in
a figure eight motion overlapping mopping sections by about an inch.
After you have applied the finish evenly to the
entire area let the floor dry. The floor should look glossy with no
raised areas or drip marks. Follow the floor finish manufacturers
recommendations for drying time. Depending on the floor finish you may
wish to apply more than one coat of floor finish, if so, let the floor
dry in between coats. You may also want to buff the floor in between
coats so that the second coat adheres better to the first coat.
To maintain the new look of the floor finish you
can burnish with a burnishing floor pad, again see the manufacturers
recommendations for maintenance on your floor.
After 12 hours your floor should be fully cured.
Floor traffic can now resume.