The goal of scrubbing is to remove any embedded dirt and soil from the floors without having to strip. Scrubbing will remove the couple of coats of wax that dirt has embedded into. Scrubbing is also known as deep scrubbing or top scrubbing. This maintenance will help prolong the need for floor stripping. Scrubbing is recommended when the floor is no longer responding to burnishing and/or spray buffing.
When to Perform a Scrub and Recoat
In most cases, a scrub and recoat should be performed before stripping and waxing.
It is a less intensive procedure that requires less time, money, and resources. However, a scrub and recoat is only effective when routinely performed as a periodic procedure.
Periodic or interim floor care is done when foot traffic has caused a noticeable level of wear and tear on your floor finish.
It is recommended that in a facility with average foot traffic, a scrub and recoat is done at least once every six months.
The level of traffic, desired look, budget, and available resources will play a role in how often a floor is scrubbed and recoated.
In facilities with areas of high traffic, procedures may need to be completed quarterly (4x a year). Similarly, if you desire high shine floors, more frequent scrub and recoats will be necessary.
At some point, a floor will need extra attention to restore its shine, even if you have been performing consistent periodic maintenance. This is when a strip and wax comes in.
Stripping and waxing is a restorative floor care procedure. Restorative floor care is used to restore and revive your floor when the damage is greater than what can be fixed with a scrub and recoat.
Keep in mind, that if you have not performed a scrub and recoat in the last 6-12 months, it is recommended that you start fresh with a full strip and finish. It is likely that you will need to remove more than just the top layer of finish to restore your floor’s brilliance.
Frequency of Maintenance
Scrubbing and recoating is the prelude to stripping and waxing.
If you have been routinely scrubbing and recoating your floors, you can likely extend the time between stripping and waxing to greater than 12 months.
However, this may not always be the case. Depending on your unique budget, goals, and resources, you may need to strip and wax floors more or less often. For example, if you desire high shine floors, you may need to strip and wax more often.
If you and your Team have not been adhering to a regular maintenance schedule, or you are unsure of when your Team last scrubbed and recoated your floors, we do not recommend delaying a strip and wax for more than 12 months (1 year). Fully stripping and waxing will allow you to start new, helping you to determine an accurate maintenance schedule for the future.