I am a WalMartian floor waxer. Our store is abt 230K sq ft and undergoing a complete remodel, including floors, that started this month. We are a 24-7 supercenter and in the ice melt belt and get a lot of salt, too. Our back room concrete floors are epoxy coated and don't need to be sealed. I use sealer in the cart garages just off our entry ways once a year and also our entry ways before I wax them. We have green stamped concrete entry ways.
Like all WMs, we use Signature wax and I am very satisfied with it. We have found that the main aisles, called action alleys in Wal-speak, have at least three times the need for recoat than anywhere else in the store. We put about 12 THIN coats in those high traffic areas. They shine up like glass with a good sweep, scrub, buff and final sweep. The floors reflect like a mirror.
I think the wax application secrets to that kind of floor are to have lots of thin coats rather than fewer thick coats: I say it is like the three bears story, not too thin, not too thick, but just right. Then, recoat in a timely manner.
*Secrets* to good, longer lasting shine are getting the entire floor swept at least once a shift, getting good matting in the entryways, and a *sweep, scrub, buff, final sweep* crew that want good results and a patient crew member that takes the time to properly train people.
The biggest problem I see WM having is uneducated management and, too, I see it as part of our job to educate them in a *non agressive* manner. They have to *learn* why the floor is so important to their business, so teach them in a way they can understand.
Wal Mart has a maintenance manual on their computer based learning system. We know it and use it. I can't tell how many times I have refered to it when an assistant manager has asked for unrealistic results or when someone tries tweaking the floor care program.
Last edited by Wally Waxer; 06-06-2010 at 10:25 AM.
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