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Floor Care Troubleshooting

Finish is too sticky or tacky

Cause Solution
Not enough dry time between coats. Under normal conditions, finishes dry in 30-45 High humidity will extend these dry times.
Restorer not properly diluted or applied too frequently. Follow label instructions. Overuse can leave sticky residue.
Restorer/maintainer not burnished soon enough after application. When dry, restorer/maintainer will continue to soften finish if not burnished.
Floor not properly rinsed before application of finish. Thoroughly rinse and neutralize floor after stripping. Use neutral cleaner in proper dilution.
Improper use of disinfectants. Measure carefully and follow label directions.
Separation of finish. Finish may have been exposed to prolonged heat or cold. Shake or stir before using.
Alkaline or detergent contaminated tile. Make sure to rinse floor until pick-up water remains clear. When recoating, make sure no cleaner residue remains on floor — rinse with clean water to prevent problems.
Finish is applied too thick. Apply thin coats and allow each coat to dry before applying the next coat.

Finish swirls or scratches

Cause Solution
Pad too aggressive. Use the recommended pad for a particular task, whether it be burnishing or cleaning.
Pad is dirty or has build-up. Clean with a wire brush or put pad in deep sink and spray off the build-up. Hang up to dry.
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