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Mike Gunderson

Bob, I'd be interested in your thoughts on the affects of burnishing on IAQ. Have you checked it with your monitor while performing burnishing?

I've talked to enough people who seem to agree with me that buffing and burnishing floor finishes creates a lot of dust that is almost always containing some level of contaminants. However, I do not have the monitor or evidence to specifically support these claims.

Your opening comments on your web site talk about providing full maintenance on hard-surface flooring. It's correct that if a floor is not regularly maintained, the appearance quickly degrades and time and money has simply been wasted. Regular floor maintenance unfortunately generates a fair amount of waste in terms of water, chemicals, energy and floor pads.

I'm hoping I could interest you in taking a hard look at an ultra-durable coating solution to signficantly minimize hard-surface floor care maintenance. Our coatings are designed so that no buffing, burnishing, stripping or frequent recoating is required to maintain a long-lasting shine. It is a truly sustainable and environmentally friendly way to have shiny floors.

Check us out at www.udfloors.com.

Bob Croft

Mike - thanks for the note - good points.

The dust you'll see from an unfiltered burnisher (typically grey, fine and grainy) is a combination of ground-in dirt from the floor, a bit of floor finish, and pieces of the burnishing pad. A filtered burnisher traps the dust under a skirt surrounding pad and block, creates a partial vacuum within the skirt, and exhausts the air through a filter. (Most burnishers use a couple of paper soda can sized filters that set on top of the housing.)

Our LaserX machines use a larger filter, under the rear housing, for better air flow; they seem to do a reasonable job at filtration - not quite up to HEPA levels, but good enough that we've never noticed a substantial increase in airborne particle count that we can attribute to the burnisher. However, we've not studied the question directly. Thinking about doing so.

Any chance of a demonstration of your product?


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