Polishing a Floor up to Military Standards
There’s an old military catchphrase, “spit and polish,” that captures what a soldier’s attitude should be to his uniform and equipment. “Spit and polish” is all about setting high personal standards you’re your presentation as a serviceman, and then maintaining those high standards to fault, down to the last button on your jacket and the last square inch of your rifle barrel. It’s the neatness and precision of the American military that’s always been a factor in maintaining proper discipline during peacetime and being victorious during wartime. So when a manufacturing client, one that builds electronic precision sensors for the military and for law enforcement, came to us to help polish the concrete floor of the new facility it was expanding into, we knew we’d be polishing concrete till it shone with mil-spec sheen.
The new facility was actually an old facility that the company had rehabilitated, and while it gave them extra room to expand their business, the place was a mess. The concrete floor, in particular, needed a huge amount of work. Our client wanted a concrete floor that would shine like brass, one on whose surface it would be impossible to lose sight of dropped or misplaced items. But the floor was dirty and distended from years of neglect. They wanted to move into the new place quickly, so they wanted us to get the floor done ASAP (another military term you should be familiar with). In short, it was nothing we couldn’t handle.
With our knowledge in concrete polishing, we set about patching up the pitted surface of the floor so that all surfaces were completely even. Then, we went over each square foot of floor with specialized polishing machinery, scrubbing the grit, dust, and opacity away from the concrete so that when we were done, one could see one’s own reflection in the floor. It came out neat, tidy, and “polished” to flawless military standard… not a drop of “spit” ever once required.