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Volume 20   |   Issue 1   |   March 2018

Floor Care – Green to Sustainable

By Jim Bruno

Historically, green floor finishes were considered inferior to conventional floor finishes.  That belief was generally based on durability of green floor finish.  Third party floor finish certification contains many stringent requirements, but the most significant factor is eliminating metal compounds from the floor finish.  Conventional floor finishes generally utilize zinc to for “crosslinking” within the formula.   This creates a very strong and durable bond, helping with durability, wear, scuff resistance, etc. Some early green floor finishes used calcium for crosslinking, instead of zinc.  While they met third party standards, they didn’t meet customer standards. It just wasn’t as durable and the finish “walked off”, leading to more maintenance and more expense for facility operators.  

Today more progressive chemists have designed a method that enable polymers within floor finish to interlink with each other within the formula.  They don’t require zinc or calcium crosslinking.  This interlinking creates a more robust and stronger platform than anything we’ve ever seen before.  And they meet all 3rd party green certification standards.

Why does this matter?  New green floor finishes, like Enviro Care Novus®, create a more durable, scuff resistance finish than ever before.  Customers can achieve better results while using low VOC, third party certified floor finishes!   Most important, these finishes last longer which means less burnishing, less scrub and recoats and less stripping.  Labor, material, energy and waste savings are significant, contributing to a triple bottom line payoff for your facility… safer for people, less impact on the environment, and cost savings to operations.

The best way to get started is defining your desired objectives by category:  performance/customer expectations, health & safety, environmental impact, and operational cost.  Then set a baseline from your current program.  Finally, work with your staff, peers and industry experts to develop the best program possible to improve your floor care maintenance.  You may be surprised how technology and processes have advanced to allow you to improve your operations while using more sustainable products.