Consider these variables:
> What speed machine are you using?
Today, there are many different machines and speeds … from 175 RPM to 2000 RPM. It’s imperative to match the pad to the machine and machine speed you are using.
> Is the surface to be treated rubber, stone, concrete, VCT, terrazzo or another?
Using too robust a pad for the surface can damage the floor, so it’s best to choose the least powerful pad that will still do the job.
> Is the floor in good shape or worn?
If the surface is worn, a different type of pad may be necessary.
> Using color-coding guidance?
Consider what are you planning to do to the floor... strip, clean, scrub, polish or burnish. Different pads have different purposes.
Not too long ago, the color coding was pretty straightforward …
the lighter the color the less aggressive the pad. Although this is somewhat still valid, you must now factor into the equation the other variables, such as speed, weight, chemicals, or no chemicals (dry).
> What kind of equipment will be used?
A common mistake is using a low speed pad on a high speed machine, which can result in floor damage.
> Square footage?
Are there enough qualified operators, chemicals, accessories and time available for the job? Operators should know which chemicals to use and know the proper dilution ratios. Consider the job and if a deep scrubbing may be sufficient to restore the shine instead of stripping.
> Pad economics
. Cheap pads won’t necessarily save money. They may require more chemicals, time and labor than high quality pads, costing more in the long run. They may also have to be replaced more frequently.
Our staff is experienced in all the particulars of floor care and the use of floor pads. In fact,
we conduct training on the many nuances of floor pads, machines, chemicals, and proper use.