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| MAIN TOPIC | FLOORING waster be immediately removed with dry textiles. Two-stage marks on floors treated with care products and improve the looks mopping can be done with a rolling bucket and wringer or with (luster) of the protective film left by the care product through the pre-treated wide mop covers from a suitable system box. mechanical buffing action of brushes or pads. Buffing should not Spot mopping focuses on smaller, particularly soiled areas of the impair the floor’s non-slip properties. floor. Since water is used only on a spot basis, this approach is With the high-speed polishing method, the friction heat generated especially well suited for moisture-sensitive wood, cork or laminate by the buffing machine has the effect of creating a hard, trans- floors, combined with previous dust mopping and/or vacuuming parent coat over the flooring. The process effectively densifies and of the entire floor area. Wide mopping systems with an inte grated evenly spreads out the protective film resulting from treatment or attached container for the cleaning solution are especially with a polymer dispersion. This also enhances the floor’s resistance effective for spot mopping. to mechanical stress, e.g. scratches, walk marks, heel marks etc., Spray mopping involves dispensing the cleaning product, section and moisture. by section, ahead of the mop through a built-in sprayer and then, High-speed buffing requires careful handling of the machine to in a second stage, mopping the damp surface dry. This method is achieve optimum results: if the contact time is too short and/or appropriate for floorings that are not overly soiled or are particularly the pressure too light, the film will be less dense and have a weak sensitive to moisture. The amount of time and effort required is luster; if both are excessive, the friction heat will cause streaks to similar to that of two-stage mopping. form. Regardless of the mopping method applied, dust mopping before- With buffing you achieve hand to remove any loose dirt (dust, fuzz, hair etc.) is a must for A protective film that is much more resistant against wear/ achieving an optimum result. traffic marks, Should the mopping leave any streaks, these might be the causes: A protective film that is much more resistant against moisture Too much cleaning product (the most common mistake), (reduced risk of re-emulsification), Fine dirt/dust wasn’t removed by first dust mopping/ Better looking floors, vacuuming, Longer intervals between basic cleaning treatment, thus cost Mopping water wasn’t changed often enough, savings and a lower burden on the environment. High degree of soiling; the mop was used too long before being cleaned/rinsed, Vacuum polishing Inappropriate treatment/care product. This refers to simultaneous buffing and dust removal through A variety of cleaning/treatment products can be used for damp dry vacuuming in one pass; some disk machines are equipped mopping, e.g. surfactant-free cleaners, alcohol-based cleaners, etc. with a vacuuming system for this purpose. Vacuum scrubbing (machine) Spot cleaning (small areas with spray) This refers to machine-aided floor cleaning with vacuum scrubbers If, after the maintenance cleaning program, heel marks, walk equipped with brushes or cleaning pads for removing tough soiling marks or the like still show or if the protective film looks worn and, to a lesser degree, loose fine dirt particles. The floor is down in some areas, spot cleaning will restore an even look and scrubbed wet and the dirty water is suctioned off the floor and luster. Apply cleaner with a hand sprayer or, if your disk or high- emptied into a waste water tank in the same pass. speed machine is equipped accordingly, activate the sprayer on As a rule of thumb, the following parameters should be kept in the machine to cover the area that needs work. Use an appropri- mind to prevent any moisture-related damage to wood, cork or ate pad (e.g. red) to spread the cleaner. Then buff the treated areas laminate floorings when using a vacuum scrubber: using the right pads for this purpose, e.g. beige/yellow or red. It The floor seal should be intact, is important to prevent the area from becoming slippery and to The vacuum bar should be positioned right behind the brush, keep it safe. Wax-based cleaners in particular can impair a floor’s Use only surfactant-free cleaning products to maintain water non-slip properties. Cleaners most commonly used include: surface tension, Diluted cleaning agents without a floor care component (no Set the water feeding system to its lowest setting, care effect, just cleaning – to effectively remove tough stains, Make sure the vacuum scrubber is in perfect working order. for instance), Cleaning with vacuum scrubbers is ideal for larger, unencumbered Slightly diluted (generally 10%), water-soluble mop care prod- surfaces. ucts, Emulsion cleaner (suitable for coated wood floors), Polishing Solvent-based cleaners (especially suited for waxed wooden Also referred to as ‘buffing,’ polishing is the process of finishing floors). floors after cleaning and/or care with brushes or pads on un treated Source: Martin Lutz, “The Cleaning Professional: Wood floorings” | or treated floorings. The purpose of buffing is to remove walk markus.targiel@holzmann-medien.de 20 GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014  


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