The latest news & info about the coatings industry, cool tools, & more. This month, we discuss floor prep and staff shortages & turnover.
8 Effective Ways to Combat Staff Turnover and Build Workplace Resilience
Why is it that between 2020 and 2021 American businesses added an unprecedented 3.8 million jobs, but 2.2 million Americans left the labor force entirely?
Massive turnover of employees and a relentless struggle to fill positions and work crews has plagued our country. This pandemic-era economic phenomenon is now known as the "Great Resignation", a wave of employees quitting their jobs for a myriad of reasons. It has made a sizable impact on the economy and has caused a mountain of headaches for business owners and managers. There are many effective ways to combat this trend, but first it is important to learn how businesses became short-handed.
To coat floors successfully, you must ensure that you have sufficiently stripped all traces of wax and thoroughly rinsed any remaining chemical stripper from your surfaces prior to applying EPIC High-Performance Floor Finish. If you do not use testing strips, you may encounter problems such inconsistent sheen or lack of proper adhesionAdhesion of a coating refers to the bond between the coating and substrate. It is one of the essential properties in the paints and coatings industry ..., and you will need to reservice the floors.
A simple way to avoid these potential headaches is to always make sure to test different areas of your floor (especially all edges) with pH test strips. If the pH reads too low (from an acidic cleaner) or too high (from stripper residue), you will know that you need to clean and rinse more. Watch the following video that illustrates how quick and easy it is to use pH strips.
When the Hydrion® strip turns green, the pH is too high (too alkaline), indicating that you need to rinse floors again. You will want the strip to yield a neutral pH reading, between 6 and 8.
Please see our "Cool Tools" section below for more on Hydrion® pH testing strips.
Hydrion® pH Test Papers
A direct reading pH paper
The widest range available in a single paper
A simple, single color match for all pH values
Distinct and easily matched color separations provide accurate, reproducible readings with an immediate response
One box contains a 15-foot roll of test paper (approximately 100 tests) and matching color chart. $7.25/box
Waves of high temperatures and humidity have been hitting the country lately. Therefore, we want to remind you to heed the following guidelines. Keep EPIC High-Performance Floor Finish in a temperature-controlled environment at all times and especially prior to mixing. Also, you must pay attention not only to air temperature and humidity, but also to the floor temperature and dew point in areas that are not temperature controlled.
UDT is proud to announce a new addition to the team. Chris DesMarais joined UDT in May as a customer service representative. He is available to assist customers with estimates, orders, and answer questions about our full product line. Welcome, Chris!
“Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss.”
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