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Global Cleaning 2014

| MAIN TOPIC | FLOORING Cleaning wood, cork and laminate floors Ways and methods Cleaning service providers can choose from a vast array of cleaning and care methods for wood, cork and laminate floorings. Looking at the sheer diversity of options available, the challenge is to select the right approach for meeting specific goals. Here is an excerpt – with a focus on cleaning – of the recently published book on “Wood flooring” of the “The Cleaning Professional” series by Martin Lutz. Before proceeding with treating (be it basic cleaning or a care cleaners for optimum care. program) floorings, it is important to follow the flooring manu- Protection against watery media is limited. facturer’s cleaning and care recommendations and instructions. Worn-down wax coats can be either completely or partially Cleaning and care of wood floorings are essentially the same as for refinished using disk scrubbers with soft pads and waterless all other non-textile types of floor covering. One should, however, wax-based cleaning care products. keep the following particularities in mind. Whether it’s a wood or To keep in mind with sealed floorings: cork floor that has been sealed or not, or a laminate flooring, Maintenance cleaning consists of dust mopping, wet mopping avoiding exposure to water and moisture is always a good start. with throughly wrung out cleaning textiles; remove stains with Even with sealed floorings, the edges are rarely adequately water-soluble cleaning mops. protected against moisture. The following is true of unfinished The finish is sensitive to scratching. floorings: For areas that are subjected to much use it is recommended to Maintenance cleaning consists of dust mopping, vacuuming and coat the sealed floor with a suitable polymer dispersion; the cleaning. protective film can be refinished in the dry state. Treatment programs consist of working in oil, hot waxing or In contrast to a wet basic cleaning program with chemical applying hard wax solutions followed by polishing. cleaners, dry recoating is possible with sealed floors. Oiled floors may require some sanding and re-oiling with a The following describes the various procedures and methods for suitable (drying) oil; if no wax-based care products were used, cleaning wood, cork and laminate floorings. oiled wood floorings can also sealed at a later stage. Unfinished wood and cork floors must be dry before they can Sweeping be lightly sanded with suitable sanding pads or steel wool pads This refers to manual or machine-aided mechanical removal of dry to remove construction dirt and residue. Use the recommended surface dirt (dust, sand, grit, dried leaves, litter etc.) with bristle- Spot cleaning: spray on cleaner, ... ... work in using single disk scrubber and red pad, ... 18 GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014  


Global Cleaning 2014
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