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Floor protection: Felt pads decrease maintenance efforts and costs
Expanded Technologies

At Traver Elementary School, Lake Geneva, Wis., keeping the school clean has become much easier since maintenance supervisor Dick Kronwall was introduced to Expanded Technologies' self-adhesive felt pads.

The pads stick onto the bottoms of furniture legs to protect the floor from scratches. They also keep the furniture joints from loosening by reducing stress placed on the joints. The pads are ideal for a school because furniture is constantly moved to rearrange classrooms and clean floors.

Kronwall says that he used to buff the floors every two weeks, but now all that is required is sweeping every night, mopping once a week and buffing about once a month. It takes less time to buff because there are less scratches and scuffs.

He was prepared to change the pads once a year, but Kronwall has discovered that not all the pads need to be changed so often. Usually, the table pads last a couple years. Before the pads were installed, Kronwall spent about 10 hours buffing the floors, 18 times per year (twice a month during the school year) — 180 hours of buffing annually. Since installing the pads, eight hours are spent buffing, nine times per year (once a month during the school year) — a total of 72 hours. At an hourly rate of $20 for labor, the school is saving $2,160 per year.
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