Find out more information about floor polishes, floor sealants and general floor enhancing products. Not all floor polishes look the same, not all floor polishes are the same and not all floor polishes are made to last. Learn the differences between solvent based floor polishes and water based floor polishes. Find out how to apply, how to remove and how to maintain floor polishes.
Floor Polish - Solvent Based Floor Polish
Solvent based floor polishes are still popular with a few trades. Marble polishing companies and general natural stone polishing companies still use solvent based based floor polish. The issue with these types of products is the amount of pollution generated in the process of manufacturing. Many public building and state owned buildings have a strict no oil or solvent based finishes.
Solvent based floor polishes are available in matt, semi gloss and gloss. These products are very durable and have a superb chemical resistance. Many factories and industrial units have their floors polished with high traffic solvent based floor polishes that can hold the pressure of forklift tyres. Concrete floors with a lot of traffic are also sealed with solvent based floor polish.
Floor Polish - Water Based Floor Polish
There are so many types of water based floor polishes available from so many brands. Also, there is a huge difference in price and quality between floor polishes. Some polishes are durable enough to take the traffic of a standard domestic house for a few years, other floor polishes are strong enough to take the traffic of a shopping centre for a few years. This is where many people make huge mistakes, they use low traffic floor polish to seal commercial floors and in some cases they use commercial floor polish to seal domestic kitchen floors.
Low Traffic Floor Polish - now why would someone use a low traffic floor polish when they can use a high traffic floor polish? Well, for many reasons. First of all, pricing. The difference in pricing between domestic floor polish and commercial floor polish can be huge. Then some floors are stripped and re-sealed each year in areas with high risk of infections. A very high traffic floor polish can be a nightmare to remove and using very strong floor strippers can damage the base of the floor. Plus the fact that if there is not a huge amount of traffic on your floor, you just do not have to use commercial floor polish. A domestic floor polish applied to a standard domestic kitchen floor will last for years with proper maintenance.
Medium Traffic Floor Polish - a medium traffic floor polish is the most widely used type of floor sealant. This type of floor polish is durable enough to last for years under constant daily traffic but not strong enough to be suitable for industrial use. Most floor polishing companies use medium traffic floor polish to seal the floors in offices, surgeries, shops, schools, canteens, etc. This type of floor polish is available in matt, satin and glossy finishes. Most commercial floors will require gloss floor polish because it creates a spotless look and it looks great after polishing. There is no difference in the resistance of the polish, the level of gloss is just a personal preference.
Medium traffic floor polishes are suitable for polishing and sealing marmoleum floors, amtico floors, lino floors, wood floors, laminate floors, rubber floors, concrete floors, tiled floors, natural stone floors, vinyl floors, etc.
High Traffic Floor Polish - these floor polishes are suitable to seal factory floors, industrial floors and warehouse floors. Floor Polish needs to have high levels of acrylic and amazing durability to sustain all the commercial footfall and heavy machinery traffic. Commercial high traffic floor polishes should only be applied by highly skilled professionals with great experience. Special preparation and special techniques will be required in the polishing process to create a durable coat of sealant.
Floor Polish - Maintenance
The most important part is the maintenance. Many people think that having their floors polished once will sort out their floors for good. This is not the case at all. A floor polish is a thin coat of some type of sealant over a pre-existing floor finish. This thin coat of protection will be exposed to a lot of traffic, chemicals, scratches, sunlight, etc. The floor will require regular maintenance, buffing and refreshing. We will detail all of this bellow. Most floor polishing companies will advise their customers about the way each floor should be maintained but in alot of cases people prefer to ignore this.
Floor Cleaning - after the floor is polished with a high or a low traffic floor polish, the floor will look amazing. From that point on, normal use will resume. People will drag stuff on the floor, people will spit on the floor, people will carry dirt on their shoes, etc. All this use will dullen a floor polish pretty fast. To restore the great look, you will need to wash the floor with a heavy duty, non acidic floor cleaner to remove all body fluids & fats from the floor and then another quick wash with a floor maintainer. A floor maintainer product is a very diluted floor polish. When you wash the floor with the maintainer, a very thin coat of polish will apply to the floor and it will fill up all the scratches and imperfections. After the floor is dry, a quick buff with a 400-1000 RPM floor buffer & a red pad, will restore the gloss. The buffer pad will remove most of the excess maintainer but it will also level up the maintainer that has filled up the tiny scratches. The floor is done. This operation has to happen weekly. Daily washing and weekly buffing. Washing the floor with a maintainer and not buffing the floor will over coat the whole floor with dirt trapped between the coats of maintainer.
Daily - wash the floor
Weekly - buff the floor
Floor Polish - Why polish a floor?
There are so many types of floors to suit each type of business use and industry. It is for this reason that there are so many floor finishes available.
Floors are being polished for a few reasons. In hospitals or buildings with high risk of infections, floors are being polished to prevent bacteria infestation and to facilitate easy maintenance. In schools and other commercial buildings floors are being polished to extend the life of the floor and to make it look very clean and shiny. In other places the polish will create anti slip surfaces. In other places the only job of a floor polish is to prevent water damage and so on. As you can see, there are many reasons why domestic people or companies use floor polish to seal their floors.
A floor polish is a solvent or water based acrylic or plastic liquid. The product will be applied with a flat mopping system and will level up imperfections on any floor. 1 to 5 coats of polish are usually required to achieve full protection but the number of coats required will vary from floor to floor. The floor polish will receive all the use and abuse instead of the floor itself. The floor polish protection coat can be removed regularly and replaced with a new coat. The idea is that the original floor is not damaged by traffic. Many companies and domestic customers own the same floors for years.
So what is the best floor polish to suit all floors and all traffic?
One of the most versatile floor polishes is Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic.
Floor Polish - Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic
Irish manufactured water based floor polish and floor sealant suitable for polishing low to high traffic floors. It looks natural, it lasts for years and it is very easy to apply. Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic is like a cream and it can be applied in only 2 coats. The polish dries much faster than similar products, it looks better, it is anti slip and it responds well to cleaning products. One of the very few universal floor polishes that can be used to seal wood floors and laminate floors. It will enhance the look of dull floor surfaces and it will protect against traffic, chemicals, water, scratches, etc. It has a coverage area of about 50 sq meters per L. Compatible with most water based floor primers. Suitable for interior use only.
Floor Polish - Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic - Wood
The main issue other types of floor polishes have is the fact that the polish is very thin and the wood absorbs it instantly. To achieve any decent results you have to apply 10-15 coats of polish and that is very time consuming and expensive. This is not the case with Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic. Due to its thick cream like composition, great results are visible after only 1 coat. The first coat will level up the floor, fill up all the imperfections and the second coat just glazes the floor. Premium looks guaranteed. Cleanfast Floor polish is suitable for sealing varnished & raw wood surfaces. Not compatible with oiled wood floors.
Floor Polish - Cleanfast Floor Polish - Laminate
Have you attempted to polish a laminate floor with a floor polish bought in your local supermarket? Not good. The floor, being so glossy, will not absorb evenly and it will look patchy. Totally different story when you use Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic. The polish will just self level and will create an even surface even on highly glossy laminate floors. Cleanfast Polish is suitable for sealing and waterproofing any type of laminate floors. It can be applied with a flat mop and a microfiber flat mop head or some type of special polish applicator.
Floor Polish - Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic - Marmoleum
Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic is at its best on marmoleum floors. The marmoleum floor has to be floor polish free, dry and clean. We recommend 1 coat of Evans Sealant B Floor Primer and then 2 coats of floor polish. Some very rough marmoleum floors might require two coats of floor primer before polishing. The final result will impress even the most demanding customer. Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic has good gloss but does not look artificial. Your floor will not look fake in any way. The floor polish responds well to buffing with red or tan polishing pads.
Floor Polish - Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic - Stone Floors
Very few floor polishes look good on marble, terrazzo, terracotta, travertine, limestone. The cheap types of floor polish look very glossy and it is absorbed too fast. Many people don`t want a very glossy finish on a fancy floor. Try Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic and start impressing your customers. A two coat treatment on any type of natural stone will bring up the natural beauty of any floor. If done right and maintained with proper cleaning products, a floor will not require re-polishing for 3 years. The periods between coats have to be just right to enable the coats of polish to dry well before a new coat is applied. Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic has become one of the most popular floor polishes for commercial floors with high traffic.
Floor Polish - Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic - Amtico
Cleanfast water based floor polish looks outstanding on amtico floors. Hundreds of pharmacies, surgeries, shops, homes, etc, all over Ireland have had their amtico floors polished with Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic. The product will maintain the natural look of your amtico floor and it will increase its protection. One treatment done right will ensure up to 36 months of use. Amtico floors cannot look very glossy.
Floor Polish - Cleanfast Floor Polish - Ceramic Tiles
Have your ceramic tiles sealed with one of the most highly recommended floor polishes in Ireland. It is very hard to apply this polish wrong. Ceramic tiles get dirty very easily and require constant care and maintenance. A quick sealing with Cleanfast water based floor polish and you will reduce the periods between cleans by 80%. The tile will not absorb as much dirt and the floor will not look patchy in areas with a lot of traffic. Ask your floor cleaning and floor polishing contractor to seal your floor with Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic.
Use products manufactured in Ireland. Use floor polishes and floor sealants that were designed for the Irish weather. Don`t take a chance with your floors. Use proper eco floor polishes. Use Cleanfast Floor Polish 25% Acrylic