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Dun Laoghaire County Council | Hard Floor Restoration


Dun Laoghaire, Rathdown County Council canteen used by staff and visitors for lunch and tea breaks.

Management is acutely aware that a clean environment creates a space where staff can appreciate some downtime in their working day, which will be reflected through a more productive team.

At present, the floor does not meet management’s required standards and they feel that it is imperative for staff and guests to have a clean and healthy environment where they can switch off from their busy schedules.

The Problem

Marmoleum floor laid in large canteen over 15 years ago appears damaged by layers of polish added over years of on-going maintenance.

Polish build up has caused discolouration of the floor and has mixed with surface contaminants making the floor look permanently dirty and unhygienic. In this condition the floor is difficult for the general cleaning company to maintain as even with regular stripping and polishing this is not resolving the underlying issue.

The Solution

Restoring the canteen was the primary option for the client as the work could be carried out outside of operational hours with no downtime whatsoever. The critical factor was to remove the layers of polish without damaging the surface underneath.

Once we knew this could be achieved the option was to add a new wear layer through a specialised two-part polyurethane coating. This new coating would hermetically seal the floor and make the day-to-day maintenance of the floor much easier.

The end result was handing over a Marmoleum floor finished to a high level whereas the floor can be maintained by staff on an on-going basis without the need for polishes or regular polishing on an on-going basis.

Why is our method effective?

Team of technicians required outside of standard working hours to work on the floor slowly breaking down the layers of polish using specialised equipment and solutions. Floor assessed regularly between phases to ensure no breakdown or intrusion of the Marmoleum. Two applications of polyurethane to act as a new wear layer. Daily maintenance plan and product provided to the client in order to maintain floor to the highest level.

Job Specification

We have the best systems in place to ensure that all works are carried out to industry standards, meet and even go above and beyond the client’s needs and requirements. Our team will assess the scope of the job at hand and provide a full job specification assessment including job specifics, cost analysis, task breakdown, waste management report, certification and quality measures, surface report, risk analysis, equipment and material specification, schedule and reporting as well as a post-works maintenance plan and schedule.


“The difference between the old floor and the floor remake is night and day. We didn’t know what to expect as the concept was relatively new to us. We saved a fortune, not just in a monetary sense but in time and effort too. The Slip Doctor team at SMC were phenomenal from start to finish. The floor is amazing and they come highly recommended by us.”

The Safest Floors in Ireland

SMC Group has been providing eco-friendly, time-saving and cost-effective professional Marmoleum and Vinyl restoration services in Dublin City and Greater Leinster for over 20 years. Our team of technicians are trained in the latest techniques and safety procedures, making them the most skilled floor restoration professionals in the country. We cater for all commercial businesses, including the hospitality, health, financial, education, retail, industrial and government sectors.

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