Green Shield UV Floor Sealer versus Wax (Part 1)

Environmental awareness has become an integral part of the day-to-day processes of many businesses and reducing energy consumption and chemical waste are priorities when it comes to making your business more sustainable. An easy way to cut down on energy use, chemical waste and janitorial costs is to rethink finishing your floors with wax and turn to a green alternative like Green Shield Floors eco-friendly UV floor sealer.

Conventional Waxing

According to the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association, a 2000 square foot floor requires on average (these numbers will vary depending on the condition of the floor and type):

  • 2 gallons of commercial stripper
  • 2 gallons of commercial sealer
  • 2 gallons of commercial grade floor wax
The time taken to strip and wax a floor, given ideal conditions, is about 4-5 hours. This usually includes drying time for multiple (anywhere from 2 to 5) coats of wax, and is followed by a layer of spray buffing on a separate day after the coats have dried enough to withstand a high-speed buffing machine.

At least two coats of sealant must be applied after stripping and cleaning and each coat takes about 15 to 30 minutes to dry (depending on ambient temperature and air flow). Two to three coats of finish are applied after polishing, with at least 15 minutes of drying time between each coat, although drying time depends on the air movement in a room. Depending on the machine used, stripping a 2000 sq. ft. floor takes about an hour on average and depending on the speed of the machine and the manufacturers recommendation a buffer can wax a 2000 sq. ft. floor in approximately an hour, sometimes more.

In comparison Green Shield Floors eco-sealer on average needs to be applied once every 18 months to two years and is cured instantly with the use of a special UV sealing machine. The floor is ready for full use immediately after using our UV curing machine, and requires no final steps like stripping and spray buffing to maintain its high shine, unlike wax.

Learn more about the difference between wax and sealer in Part 2 of Green Shield Floors Versus Wax.