Chapter 3: Periodic Cleaning Ways to Improve and Repair Worn Out Polished Surface

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INTRODUCTION

Cleaning as a whole is not just about knowing the right products and solutions. What is even more important is that we truly understand the type of surface that needs cleaning and catering to the criteria and sensitivity of each surface goes a long way in ensuring that cleaning products, methods and solutions works effectively. As such, we at Blondal Stada acknowledge the importance of delivering the right information and knowledge about the types of flooring available and would like to place emphasis on these crucial information that would salvage the form and functions of each types of floorings.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

TYPES OF FLOORING

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Periodic Cleaning of Limestone, Terrazzo and Slate

  1. In normal cases, a new floor in any of these materials should not be treated with polish. Usually, the surface will be so hard that with the right maintenance, it will remain intact for a long time.
  1. The surface can generally be improved by cleaning with liquid soap or a floor care wax (seesection on Daily Cleaning). After awhile this will build up a smooth surface.
  1. Applying polish will reinforce the hardness of the floor surface. Where maintenance products prove insufficient, treating with polish should be considered.
  1. Before embarking on the floor maintenance routines, clean the floor thoroughly with an all-purpose cleaner.
  1. Strong alkaline detergents can cause damage to these floor materials.

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Periodic Cleaning of Vinyl, Linoleum and PVC

  1. Partly worn polished surfaces can be improved without removing the old polish.
  2. Before embarking on maintenance procedures, make sure that the floor is thoroughly cleaned. Use an all-purpose cleaner, or in difficult cases, a special purpose cleaner. Do not use polish-killer as it will soften the old polish.
  3. Depending on how dirty the floor has become, wet mopping may prove to be sufficient. If a scrubber or scrubber-drier is used, it should be fitted with a red or blue pad.
  4. Rinse the floor carefully with clean water. Pick up the remaining water with a wet-and-dry vacuum cleaner.
  5. Allow the floor to dry.
  6. Where possible, use the same type of polish as before. Apply two thin coats over the whole floor. Extra polish should be applied to walking lines and other areas exposed to heavy traffic.

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Restoring Old Dried-Out Linoleum

Linoleum floors may become scratched or damaged due to heavy traffic. Damage may also be caused by incorrect maintenance. Too much wet cleaning and the application of strong alkaline detergents can result in the surface drying out, making the floor matt, rough and difficult to clean. To restore it, the upper 0.1 mm layer should be ground off.

  1. Fit the grinding net to the scrubber with the brown pad to support it.
  2. Grind the floor crosswise until a smoother surface is achieved.
  3. For maximum grinding effect, shake the net regularly. Corners and other areas that the scrubber cannot be reached must be ground by hand.
  4. If a scrubber without suction unit has been used. Vacuum the floor carefully.
  5. Rinse the floor with clean water to remove any remaining dust.
  6. Allow the floor to dry properly.
  7. Apply two thin layers of sealer and continue with a suitable polish treatment.

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