As the floor is often the first thing that your guests see, it is the primary source of overall impressions. As a result, a comprehensive floor care strategy is one of the most important components of facility management to ensure both safety and aesthetics. However, even the best floor care processes can lead to a common problem experienced by many facility managers – visible haziness and streaks caused by floor finish application.
The primary goal of a floor finish is to protect and preserve the appearance of a space. However, the multi-step application process is laborious and can lead to a variety of issues if not done properly. Cloudiness, haziness or streaks can occur on any floor where a finish is used and is caused by an error in the application process.
Three common mistakes that can lead to a cloudy haze or streak marks are:
If a mistake occurs and you’re stuck with a cloudy haze or floor streaks, there are a few things to try. For a quick and labor-saving solution, you can try burnishing (PDF, 455.30 KB) the top layer of the finish to increase visible shine and gloss. If that is unsuccessful, the next step is to abrade the top layers of finish with a deep scrubbing pad such as Scotch-Brite™ Surface Preparation Pad Plus, then burnish and see if the haze or streaks are gone. If neither of the previous options worked, the only solution is to chemically strip the floor and start the process from the beginning.
In the case of floor finishes, the only way to ensure optimal results is by following the proper application steps the first time. Below are five easy steps that all cleaning teams can follow to prevent haze and cloudiness.
Ultimately, there’s no quick fix to repair a cloudy or hazy floor as the act of applying a floor coat is a process driven activity that requires the correct steps each and every time. However, by following the correct application best practices, your floors will shine, ensuring a positive first impression every time.
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