Why the All-Floor System Works
Does Perma have a simple assortment of fail-safe products that can span a broad range of flooring materials and maintenance variables and yet give long durability and great results?
One of a Number of Perma Program Brochures
1. Perma’s Program for Athletic Facilities.
2. Perma’s Program for Education Facilities.
3. Perma’s Program for Housing Authorities & Property Management Companies.
4. Perma’s Program for Industrial Facilities.
5. Perma’s Program for Commercial Kitchens.
6. Perma’s Program for Long-Term Care Facilities.
Getting Down to the "Nitty Gritty"
Every program, like a scientific discovery, begins with a theory.
After a few preliminary probings all theories are then reduced to a testable hypothesis, the conditions for experimentation begin, and the original theory is put to the test.
In this case, it began something like this:
- All flooring substrates have some similar characteristics, correct?
- Many customers have some similarities in expectations, correct?
- Is there a cross-section where the substrate characteristics and the customer expectations meet?
- How many products would it take to achieve this intersection with the greatest success and satisfaction?
Why Floors are Stripped...
One of the similarities of substrates, mentioned above is porosity. Nearly every poured and manufactured flooring material has some degree of porosity, and if these voids in the integrity of the structure are not properly filled and protected, soil-pulverized under treading footsteps will fill and discolor the otherwise beautiful surface.
Once the integrity of the protective film is completely compromised, and the embedded soil becomes too unsightly, there is little recourse other than to remove the remaining film, and attempt to extract the soil that made it down into the material.
This stripping activity is the most time-consuming of every cleaning task in any common facility, and with a better program, it can be avoided.
A Detailed Understanding:
What Makes THIS Program Different?
A little known fact in our industry is that 65% of all cleaning cost is associated with the floor, and 90% of that cost is labor.
When formulating this program, we took that fact into careful consideration – building a program that would:
- Reduce labor when applying
- Reduce labor when maintaining
- Reduce labor when restoring
We didn’t want to build a program that JUST piled polymers ON TOP of floor substrates, but would also fill and treat those floor surfaces so they could resist the contamination that ruins other coating systems. THEN, once the substrate is protected, we can coat the surface with a blended material that builds quickly (in just 2-3 coats), is harder than traditional finishes, and yet still maintainable and repairable.
Systematic Floor Care:
An Overview of the Components
Let’s take a quick minute to look at the All-Floor System Components as each would be used, starting on an un-coated, bare floor – be it wood, VCT, concrete or terrazzo. Other surfaces, such as LVT and rubber will be addressed within the descriptions below.
Step 1: Protecting the Substrate with All-Seal
As mentioned earlier, all substrates are, to some degree porous. The key to a successful floor care system is to keep the soil on the TOP of the floor coating system where it can be removed, and to NOT let it get into the pores of the substrate.
In this system, we “sandwich” the beautifying coating between two very different nano-polymer products: one below the coat, one above. The one below is called Perma All-Seal. This far-spreading (coverage is generally around 3000sf/gal), fast-drying (generally dries in 5-10 minutes), tough, rigid and stain-resistant material fills, seals and protects the floor at a microscopic level.
This product is best applied with our 5″ x 18″ Conditioner and Finish Applicator.
Step 2: Rapid Coating with All-Coat
When you need to build a thick protective dry, durable film, there’s not sense wasting literally 50% of your time waiting for finish to dry. Most traditional finishes contain a singular polymer of around 18-22% of the wet fill content, that dries to approximately 1/5th of the wet film thickness.
What we did when formulating Perma All-Coat is to blend together an assortment of types and sizes of polymers to ensure that there are a variety of defensive characteristics all working together. Some are large to rapidly build film, some are small to eliminate voids in the finish, some are rigidly hard to resist abrasion, some are sufficiently soft to allow for burnishing. Each coat applied will dry to approximately 1/3rd of the wet fill thickness – that is 20% more product per coat!
This product can provide for faster floor finishing, generally requiring only:
- 2 coats over All-Seal for classrooms, and Terrazzo
- 3 coats over All-Seal for hallways, concrete and fitness studio wood floors
- 4 coats ONLY when used as a gym finish (and then only center of the court).
This finish applies even quicker when spread with a Fas-Trak Ultra-Trak or Fas-Trak Sting-Ray.
Step 3: Perpetuating Cleanliness, Gloss & Slip-Resistance with All-Shine
We won’t hesitate to admit that NO finish system can survive in an environment where proper cleaning routines are not employed. But what we will claim is that no one has made maintaining floors easier than with this system.
Perma All-Shine has no equal in the industry for breadth of applicability and quality of formula. This product can be diluted at a variety of rates, that depends entirely upon your traffic flow and cleaning frequency. From .5oz/gal to 4oz/gal, the more you clan, the less you can use, it’s just that simple.
This product will effectively emulsify soils on any floor, repair scratches, blemishes and improve a floors gloss and SCOF (Static Coefficient of Friction) or Slip-Resistance. When used on polished concrete, it has the added benefit in that the same nano-particulate silica that increases traction can actually help to rebuild the concrete, by filling new formed voids, sealing in the aggregate and placing a gloss coating over the top – all in a single step.
Step 4: Deep Scrub & Recoating INSTEAD of Stripping
Into this system we have allowed for the occurrence when the gloss can no longer be restored in accordance to your cleaning routine. When that happens, we have Perma All-Prep.
This product, used with warm water and mixed at 2-4oz/gal will soften the damaged coats of finish, and when used with our Scrub & Strip pad, will help you to even remove a layer or two of finish to prepare your floor for a new top-coat.