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How to Keep Floors in Line

Without a Wait Time!

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Every holiday season, millions of people line up at their favorite stores to purchase that new smartphone, those limited-edition sneakers, or a cart full of food for their annual family get-together. Many of them usually end up swinging by their local fitness center or yoga studio to become an early member for their New Year’s Resolutions. Eventually, it’s back to the daily grind at work after the rush and time spent with loved ones.

Although many commercial businesses remain busy throughout the year, the holiday season can reveal just how much damage heavy foot traffic can do to unprepared flooring. The truth, however, is that this is actually happening all year round to your floors. Scratches and scuffs are gradually becoming more and more visible as each customer walks through the door, dragging in dirt, rainwater and snow, road salt, and other particles that scrape the floor’s surface as they are distributed throughout a facility.

The traditional barrier for such abrasion is acrylic wax finish, which only lasts 6 months at best before needing to be stripped and re-coated. What’s worse is that acrylic wax needs to be buffed frequently, or else the gloss diminishes and leaves a dull, dirty appearance. Regardless of these intensive maintenance processes, wax doesn’t even have what it takes to stand up to abrasion like UDT’s urethane products can. Our products are extremely chemical and abrasion-resistant, and they don’t require ANY buffing!

WHY NO BUFFING IS A BIG DEAL

Did you know that buffing is a health hazard? Every time an acrylic-coated floor is buffed, chemicals, dust particles, viruses, and bacteria are forced into the air and breathed by janitors, sales teams, customers, cashiers, and whoever else walks into the vicinity. These airborne contaminants pose a health threat, especially during flu season. Your facility becomes more susceptible to illnesses that spread through the air because the contagion is being stirred off the floors and back into the air of frequently occupied spaces.  

Here’s the good news: When we say Ultra Durable Technologies’ floor coatings don’t require ANY buffing, we mean it! Keeping floors clean and shiny is not done at the cost of societal health. You don’t have to worry about infection-causing agents, whether they be bacterial or viral, being disturbed and forced back into the air of your facility. UDT helps keep commercial facilities clean and easy to clean without using the harmful method of buffing.

CONSISTENT IMPRESSION

Well-maintained floors send a message about your commitment to the customer experience as well as the safety of your customers. All having a direct effect on your bottom line, whether you’re running a clothing or grocery store, fitness center, accounting agency, or vintage bookstore.

First impressions are achieved the second a customer enters your building. However, did you know that the condition of your restrooms & other grouted surfaces speaks loudly to the quality and cleanliness of your entire establishment?

“Almost three-fourths of consumers believe a bad restroom indicates poor management. Another two-thirds say it lowers their opinion of the company, shows the business doesn’t care about customers, and gives the impression [that] the company is lazy or sloppy”

— 2013 National survey conducted by Bradley Corporation

Dirty restrooms with bad odors always leave bad impressions. Floors that have not been properly sealed collect foul-smelling contaminants within their pores. These contaminants are not only offensive to the olfactory senses; they also make customers want to look the other way. Grout is easily stained and very difficult to clean. Your customers associate dirty, stinky restrooms with low company standards.

The Ultra Durable solution to filthy tiled restrooms is an Ultra Deep Clean and an EPIC finish! The combination of UDT’s Ultra Deep CleanGrout Colorant, and EPIC Tile & Grout is perfect for bringing your grouted surfaces back to life and meeting a proper hygienic standard. For specific information on the EPIC Tile and Grout System, check out this article or webpage on the UDT website!

If you are running any kind of commercial business (or any business in general), then your floors are going to get dirty. The difference UDT can offer is in how often and how much labor is needed to maintain those floors and keep them looking like new (but better than new)!

MINIMAL MAINTENANCE

In addition to not requiring any buffing, UDT’s water-based urethane coatings, EPIC and IMPACT, only need to be recoated every 3-5 years even in high-traffic areas! EPIC (for vinyl) and IMPACT (for concrete and terrazzo) are also extremely easy to clean. Only water, aqueous ozone, or ionized water, and an auto scrubber or microfiber mop are needed! These water-based urethanes will resist heavy abrasion as well as chemicals like hand sanitizer. Only one thin coat will get the job done and require no maintenance beyond the previously mentioned routine cleaning. This means business can carry on as usual without the frequent interruptions of stripping, recoating, and buffing required for wax finishes. Imagine only having to plan for flooring recoats every few years instead of every few months!

LESS DOWNTIME AND EXPENSE

In addition to routine maintenance being minimal and recoat interruptions being rare, our coating technologies can be walked on in as little as 4 hours (the 8-hour cure option can also be utilized if desired). Our coatings will free up labor time and energy, saving businesses up to 60% on annual floor maintenance spending. Over time, this accumulates to thousands of dollars saved that can be put towards more urgent and significant projects. Stop putting priorities on the back burner because all your time and money are being poured into floor care!

A SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE TO ACRYLIC WAX

Buffing has a negative effect on indoor air quality (IAQ) by sending small particulates into the air that will eventually land on your merchandise as well as in the surrounding air. The stripping process that waxed floors must endure before being recoated several times a year is no better. This outdated, environmentally toxic process sends multiple coats of acrylic wax finish and acrylic wax stripper down the drain, which takes a huge toll on our environment. What’s worse is that even routine maintenance of acrylic wax oftentimes involves harsh chemicals, which also end up being flushed down the drain.

Alternatively, UDT coatings require ZERO buffing, and stripping is only required when removing the initial layers of wax prior to application. Our products also contain very low amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are water-soluble, and are biodegradable, making them safe for you, your customers, and the planet. Using only water, aqueous ozone, ionized water, or other natural cleaners is all that is required to maintain our coatings, which means you can cut out harsh chemicals, as well as their environmental impact, from a floor care regimen entirely.

COMMON SYSTEMS & PRODUCTS FOR COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES

Listed below are some of UDT’s most common products and systems, specified for each different surface you might encounter within commercial businesses. If you have any questions about our products or our company, don’t hesitate to call for support at 320-258-2266. We’d be happy to help you!

Lobbies & Entrances:

Restrooms & Employee Spaces:

Clothing, Grocery, & Other Retail Spaces:

Fitness Centers & Yoga Studios:

EPIC PDS
EPIC Tile & Grout PDS
IMPACT for Concrete PDS
IMPACT for Terrazzo PDS
EPIC TDS
IMPACT TDS
IMPACT - TDS