Hard Floor Care, Sports Floor Care

What is Top Coating?

Top coating is a crucial maintenance procedure designed to enhance and preserve the appearance of a floor that has previously been finished. This process involves several steps to ensure optimal results and the longevity of the floor finish

Preparation for Top Coating

Assessment of Floor Condition

Before initiating the top coating process, it’s essential to assess the current condition of the floor finish. This evaluation helps determine the appropriate approach and the extent of maintenance required.

Cleaning Equipment Selection

Choose suitable cleaning equipment, including a floor machine equipped with a special cleaning pad designed for top scrubbing operations. The choice of cleaning pad may vary based on the floor type and the level of cleaning needed.

Top Scrubbing Floor Cleaning Operation

Detergent Solution Application

A key step in top coating involves the application of a detergent solution onto the floor. This solution helps break down and remove embedded dirt, residues, and contaminants from the existing floor finish.

Floor Machine Operation

The floor machine, equipped with the specialized cleaning pad, is used to perform a top scrubbing floor cleaning operation. This mechanical action helps agitate and lift dirt from the floor surface, preparing it for the application of a new coat of finish.

Agitation and Cleaning Efficiency

The special cleaning pad is designed to provide effective agitation without causing damage to the existing finish. It contributes to the removal of soil and contaminants, creating a clean surface for the subsequent top coating.

Rinsing and Drying

Rinsing Procedure

Following the top scrubbing operation, the floor is thoroughly rinsed to remove any residual detergent solution, loosened dirt, and contaminants. This step is crucial to ensure a clean and residue-free surface.

Drying Time

After rinsing, the floor is allowed to dry completely before the application of the new floor finish. Adequate drying time is essential to prevent issues such as adhesion problems or uneven finish application.

Application of New Floor Finish

Selection of Floor Finish

Choose an appropriate floor finish based on the floor type, traffic conditions, and desired level of gloss or durability. The selection may include finishes with specific properties such as high durability, slip resistance, or ease of maintenance.

Uniform Application

Apply the new floor finish evenly across the entire surface using suitable application tools. Techniques such as mop application or use of floor finish applicators contribute to achieving a uniform and smooth finish.

Drying and Curing

Allow the newly applied floor finish to dry and cure according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This ensures that the finish attains its full strength and durability.

Regular Top Coating Schedule

Maintenance Planning

Incorporate top coating into a regular maintenance schedule based on the floor’s usage and condition. Establishing a routine helps prevent excessive wear, maintains the floor’s appearance, and prolongs the life of the finish.

Adaptation to Traffic Conditions

Adjust the frequency of top coating based on the level of foot traffic, environmental factors, and the specific requirements of the facility.


By following these detailed steps in the top coating process, facility managers and cleaning professionals can effectively maintain and enhance the appearance of finished floors, contributing to a clean, safe, and aesthetically pleasing environment.

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