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FORT WORTH, TX — Most technicians will agree that proper and effective floor maintenance is essentially a science. And, like any science, it has its own terminology.
The following are some floor care terms rarely heard but are ones that have significant importance when it comes to the science of floor care, according to a press release:
- James Machine: This is a device used to determine the slip resistance of a hard floor surface. It measures the static coefficient of friction.
- Mar: Damage to a floor finish film that is usually repairable only by recoating.
- Mottling:This applies to a floor finish that looks blotchy, marked or spotty.
- Pitting:If small holes form in a floor finish, it is referred to as pitting. "Spiked" or high heel shoes can cause this problem.
- Pop:When the appearance of a floor finish goes from a dull to high luster, especially after using a high-speed burnisher.
- Preservatives:Most floor finishes contain small amounts of antimicrobial agents or preservatives to help prevent bacterial contamination in an unopened container.
- Soil release:The ability of a floor finish to release soil attached to it.
- Streaking:Refers to the dull or soiled areas that can occur when using soiled mops and/or applying finish in too thin of coats.
- Tack rags:This refers to wrapping a cloth around a broom or dust mop to clean up fine particles, such as dust.
"Along with understanding these terms, floor care technicians also need to be well-versed on the different types of machines used in floor care," explains Debby Davis, product manager for Powr-Flite. "When it comes to floor care, knowledge is indeed power."