Fuller Industries manufactures a range of commercial cleaning chemicals and tools with a specific selection designed to make floor burnishing and top-scrubbing simple and efficient.
For best results, follow the instructions on the label for each product. Our training program seeks to give a solid base of information for any member of a janitorial or facilities maintenance staff member to build on with experience.
It’s important to follow the procedures given to you by your supervisor, since those steps are designed specifically for the job at hand.
Our line of chemicals devoted to burnishing floors are developed specifically for floor maintenance on a regular basis, and our training imparts information gleaned over years of experience in manufacturing these chemicals and working with end users. When used as directed, our chemicals provide a safe and efficient solution for all floor burnishing requirements.
Floors can be burnished or top-scrubbed. To decide whether to burnish or top-scrub a floor area, the determining factor is the amount of finish left on the floor. If there’s plenty of finish remaining, the floor can be burnished. If the remaining finish on the floors is thin, top-scrubbing is the way to go.
Before beginning any floor-care procedure, it’s important for the cleaner to notify anyone in the area that the cleaning is about to begin.
The cleaner should gather personal protective equipment, including eye protection and gloves, and also gather together the required supplies and equipment for the job at hand.
Always follow manufacturer label instructions on any cleaning product.
Burnishing floors allows a cleaning crew to minimize the frequency of stripping and using fewer chemicals to maintain floors, while keeping the floors looking good. Burnishing removes layers of the floor finish to smooth the surface, and help keep a shiny appearance.
Make sure there’s a solid base of floor finish on the floor. Place wet-floor signs where needed, and remove gum and foreign materials from the floor. Remove entrance mats and area rugs from the area to be burnished.
Dustmop the floor and run an autoscrubber over the surface using a neutral cleaner.
Mix restoring chemical in a clean bucket to manufacturers label instructions and use a clean mop head, wringing out the mop partially. Apply the chemical to the floor in a figure-eight pattern, staying six inches from the baseboards. Allow the application to dry for at least 30 minutes.
Use a burnishing machine with a natural-hair pad over the entire area, overlapping passes and being careful not to miss spots. Keep moving, don’t stop in one spot for more than three seconds.
Another floor-maintenance technique is top-scrubbing, which is an efficient way to keep the floors looking good without using strippers.
Consider top scrubbing when the floor has been burnished eight to ten times and no longer reacts to burnishing with satisfactory results. High-traffic areas will benefit from top-scrubbing every three to four months.
Place wet-floor signs where needed, and remove entrance mats and area rugs from the area to be top-scrubbed. Dustmop the floor.
Mix neutral cleaner into an automatic scrubber according to manufacturer label instructions. Please green scrubbing pads onto the machine. Use the double-scrub method: First auto-scrub the floors with the solution on and the vacuum off. Then, auto-scrub the floors with the vacuum on and the solution off. Flip or change the green scrubbing pads as needed.
Allow the floor to dry, and speed the drying process using floor fans as needed.
After the floor is completely dry, apply one or two coats of floor finish.
Watch these videos for additional training burnishing and top-scrubbing floors.