Carlos Molina of RD Weis in Hartford, Connecticut describes a customer’s request to remove carpet and bring the concrete underneath to a brilliant shine in this case study. Up for the challenge, Carlos, along with Vic Fotia, used the 3M Trizact System and Scotchgard Stone Floor Protector for a demo. With the right chemistry and […]
An epidemic has started in the world of flooring and, unfortunately in some cases, it cannot be corrected. It’s not done maliciously and it starts before anyone realizes it. In this new world of “sanitize this and disinfect that”, facility staff is asked or told to include flooring in the disinfection process. It’s at the […]
Jim Curtice, Vice President of Specialty Services with Interfinish, isn’t your typical floor care expert. He started with the company 8 years ago as the Operations Manager for their commercial flooring maintenance division, but he didn’t come with any industry experience. Instead, Jim has coached high school football for over 30 years, and before working […]
Over the past few years, XL North has interviewed several savvy business professionals in or associated with the flooring industry. They’ve offered their experience and words of wisdom to provide insight to those working in flooring and flooring maintenance. In our “A View from the Other Side” compilation, we’ve collected observations from 12 industry pros […]
In this very informative case study where the pictures are worth a thousand words, Steve Brown of Southeastern Commercial Flooring in Woodstock, GA discusses a recent job where an annual restorative cleaning revealed an underlying issue – abraded carpet fibers. Equipped with the right chemistry, procedures and a bit of high-tech gadgetry, Steve was able […]
XL North partner RD Weis shares the successful results that can be achieved when commercial carpet manufacturing, maintenance, and chemistry are specified, installed, and performed properly. The photos from their customer’s facility tell the story. Carpet tile installed at Affinity Health Plan in New York is seven years old, yet continues to look brand new. […]
Here are examples of an acrylic finish trapped inside of grout. It may look evenly soiled when you take the job on (best is to always do a demo prior to committing to the project), but after you do the tile cleaning and then grout cleaning you end up with this, a splotchy train wreck […]
Learn how Steve Brown with Southeastern Commercial Flooring successfully restored the appearance of a customer’s carpet when plastic with an adhesive backing was used to protect the floor during a construction project. When construction was finished and the plastic was removed, the adhesive unfortunately stayed behind.
Mike Becker of CFS Floors explains how XL Porosity+ was used to make faster work on an adhesive and surface prep removal job. Discover the process his team used to cut through multiple layers of adhesive, and view the job photos, in this case study.
Vital Oxide has been our most asked about product this year for good reason. Because it’s on the EPA List N, it’s become a favored choice for disinfection and sanitization use to safeguard spaces and facilities against Coronavirus. Below we answer some of the most common questions we’re asked about VO. What is Vital Oxide? […]
Polished concrete has undisputed appeal. One of its advantages is lower maintenance costs than similarly specified hard surface flooring. Over time, however, the selling point of lower maintenance has been exaggerated to “no maintenance”, and it has created confusion and frustration for end users and maintenance service providers alike. The featured article in The Flooring […]
Cooper Miller with Sun Interiors in New Orleans recently discovered the challenges that come with surface prep as he completed his first pour and polish job on two small playground bathrooms. Learn how XLN’s Porosity+ helped save the project when Ardex PC-T was used as an overlayment on concrete.
The gray tile is from attic stock. The “yellowed” tile from a mid building corridor with sufficient walk off at both entrances. The parking lot had been resurfaced 4 months prior with a top coat. Unfortunately, there is no solution.
In the past, Steve and Kathy Cloud would dread receiving a call from an end user or GC concerning a clogged drain on a job site. Not anymore. Owners of M. Frank Higgins in Connecticut, Steve and Kathy recently introduced a preventive procedure on all of their tile and grout jobs that requires the use […]
Often floor care professionals are accused of things that are out of their control. This is one of those cases. The first indicator is the purple outline of the area. This is caused by battery acid dripping onto nylon fibers from a ride on vacuum.