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The Bona PowerScrubber Proves to be a Smart Investment for Businesses During the Pandemic

Businesses are adapting, diversifying, pivoting, innovating and reorganizing. All these words are used to describe the reactions of businesses, but one word is important: diversification. During these challenging times, many BCCP members and hardwood flooring contractors throughout the country are advertising the service of deep cleaning of hardwood floors to keep a revenue stream coming into their businesses.

At a time where cleaning is of the upmost importance to homeowners, offering the Bona Deep Clean System to your current customer base or advertising the service to new customers, is a perfect way to keep your business relevant and diversify yourself from the competition.

Drew Rydingsword, with Franklin Wood in NYC, has incorporated the Bona PowerScrubber® into his daily business by offering his customers a maintenance program for deep cleaning and a deep clean with polish service for those floors that don’t have enough life on them for a complete sand and finish.

“More than any other machine in our company the Bona PowerScrubber has been the most rewarding addition. It has especially proven its worth during the recent pandemic as people have moved out of the city into either rentals or new homes and require a deep cleaning of the floors. The Bona PowerScrubber solves the issues of efficiency and environmental concerns at a much more affordable price than a full refinish. Combined with the Bona Polish as a final step, customers are happy with the end results and costs,” stated Drew.

Utilizing the Bona PowerScrubber is a profitable way to stay in front of your customers and an easy way to establish a new customer network. By having contact with your current customer base on a regular basis (at least once or twice a year), you will acquire many benefits of your business:

  • Continuous revenue stream – Cleaning services typically charge between $.30 - $.40 per foot for floor cleaning. Simply put, a 500 sq. ft. home would generate $150 - $250 and only take about 1 hour to complete.
  • Highly profitable – Bona Deep Clean Solution® will only cost between $.02 and $.03 cents per square foot, depending on the amount of dirt on the floor.
  • Valuable service – This effective solution more than doubles your revenue over a 7-year period, while providing a beneficial service to your customers.
  • Competitive advantage – Relationships with your customers are less likely to shop around when it is time to refinish, replace or add new flooring.

To learn more about how to ensure your business stays essential during this time, contact your Territory Manager or visit your local Bona distributor for more information and pricing today!

 

Summer Best Practices – from Bona eLearning

By Todd Schutte – Director of Global eLearning

Depending on where you reside, there are typically different seasons during the year that make stain, sealer, and finish application more difficult; usually by increasing or decreasing dry and cure times. Summer extremes bring us two different scenarios; again, depending on where you live – either hot and humid (extending dry times) or hot and dry (cutting dry times). You can often negate or at least minimize any negatives by doing your best to control the internal temperature, relative humidity, and airflow at the job site. It is often difficult to control all three at once; but at least try to bring two of the variables back into favor and minimize any negatives from the remaining condition.

Temperature: Both scenarios will benefit by lowering the inside temperature; so, if available, make sure the A/C is kicked on and bring the temperature down to 70F or lower if possible. Let it run until right before your product application, then turn it off or down to eliminate any airflow, depending on what type of product is being applied (want zero airflow if waterborne application). Also, make sure the temperature of your product is also at room temperature or below. Don’t bring it in from your hot work truck/van (where temp’s can soar well over 120F) and apply it to a much cooler floor. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to transport your liquid products in a cooler while in your work vehicle (summer or winter), to insulate them again both heat and cold. A product that is room temperature or cooler (20 minutes in the refrigerator before use) will flow and level better than a hot product, as it takes the carriers longer to evaporate which locks the solids into place. Also, eliminate direct sun hot-spots on the floor by putting up opaque plastic; which still lets in the light but drastically cuts down on the direct heat. In extreme direct sun circumstances, window coverings may need to be completely drawn; but make sure to put up some low, bright light sources to help with your application vision.

Relative Humidity: If humidity levels are too high, products that are supposed to dry in hours may take days; whereas, too low, and they may be dry in minutes! In either case, undesirable. Again, running the A/C can help bring the humidity level down (when too high), as cooler air cannot carry as much water. An inline or portable humidifier can help bring humidity levels up (for the dry desert site) but might not be available or convenient. The same goes for an inline or portable dehumidifier (i.e. in Florida) – use it if available, but don’t stress if one’s not; just control your temperature and air flow and adjust your expectations on dry times as needed.

Air Flow: One of the easiest conditions to adjust by cutting off the HVAC and ceiling fans, and or plugging vents; or simply adding air flow with box fans when more flow is needed. With quick drying products (waterborne sealers/finishes) we want dead air space (zero air flow) during application and for 15-30 minutes after completion to allow for proper flow and leveling; then kick the A/C back on and add box fans blowing directly across the floor surface, if needed, to speed up the dry/cure time between coats. For slower drying products, you may still want dead air space during application; but may also want to add even more air flow after application – both across the floor and perhaps set up in windows to exhaust the solvent vapors outside the job site.

Quick Checklist (waterborne sealers/finish applications):

  1. Run A/C to bring internal temperature down to 70F or lower (also lowers the RH)
  2. Dehumidify or humidify as needed, if available
  3. Cool product down if needed (max=room temp)
  4. Turn off A/C right before application (zero air flow)
  5. Let flow/level for 20-30 minutes; then turn A/C back on and add additional air flow if needed.

Additional Tips/Options:

  • Choose a cooler time of day to coat (early morning or evening, after the sun has set).
  • Add Bona Retarder to help increase the flow and leveling time of sealers and finishes.
  • For waterborne applications, use a pinless, dual-depth moisture meter (that will take near surface readings) to determine if last coat is dry enough to abrade/coat again. Typically, want to get back to within 1% point of where baseline is before applying next coat (i.e. baseline is 7%, first coat sent if off charts, o.k. to coat again when reaches 8%)
  • Moisture meters will NOT tell you if solvent-based stains or finishes are dry. They only read water vapor and not solvent vapor.

 

Refinishing Hardwood and Resilient Flooring Surfaces Offers More Than 75% Reduced Carbon Footprint Compared to Floor Replacement

Refinishing and Renovating Hard Floor Surfaces Contributes to a Circular Economy

A recent report from IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute confirms that refinishing hardwood and resilient floors is more sustainable for the environment than replacing the flooring surfaces. Available today, the report, which was conducted with input from Bona, states a 78 percent carbon footprint reduction when refinishing rather than replacing wood floors. Refinishing resilient floor surfaces can offer up to 92 percent reduction in carbon footprint versus replacing.  Additionally, the report found that by refinishing hardwood or resilient floors a minimum of 90 percent savings in resources is realized which includes transport, electricity use, consumables, and materials.

Every year, 25 million square meters of hardwood and resilient flooring is replaced in Swedish public and commercial buildings. The IVL study, “Increasing resource efficiency in the Swedish flooring industry through floor refinishing,” found that refinishing these flooring surfaces can offer a significant decrease in carbon footprint, save on resources, and contribute to a circular economy relative to building materials.

“The norm today is new and fresh. Sales of new flooring material is supported by the linear business model we have in the construction industry today and refinishing is often perceived as more difficult,” said Maria Ahlm, author of the report at the IVL Swedish Environmental Institute. “However, our analysis and final roadmap support that in addition to the decrease in carbon footprint, floor refinishing is a viable alternative to increase resource efficiency in the Swedish flooring industry.”

“This research study offers a wholistic view and is tangible proof that refinishing a resilient or wood floor surface is more sustainable than replacement all while improving the appearance of a floor,” said Björn Johansson, global environmental manager, Bona. “For more than 100 years Bona has developed products and systems that offer a more sustainable floor renovation solution. To have the support of this report validating the benefits of the Bona System is affirming.”

About the Study

The study analyzed the possibility of improving an overall carbon footprint by refinishing rather than replacing these flooring surfaces. Conducted over 12 months and focusing on the Swedish flooring market and the national construction industry in Sweden,

The first part of the report reviews the environmental impact from refinishing hardwood and resilient flooring by performing a life cycle assessment. The outcome was compared to the impact from producing and installing new flooring in terms of climate change and resource use. In addition, the result was used as a proof of concept that refinishing a floor can reduce the impact of climate change and minimize resource use compared to producing and installing new flooring.

In the second part of the study, a roadmap was developed as a strategic plan to define desired outcomes and outline important actions to overcome the barriers that separates the current state from the preferred result. The roadmap was developed together with stakeholders from the flooring industry including material suppliers, property owners, architects, and contractors.

The report is now available on the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute website.