| Main topic | Flooring
Vioclean) is recommended; if the floor is subject to heavy use,
an adequately elastic (“soft”) floor care dispersion is necessary
(e.g. Green Care Longlife Complete or Longlife B 250). For good
floor care, all production residues (separating agents) must be
removed during initial cleaning. Special all-purpose
cleaners with the proper ingredients (e.g. Tanex Allround) are
particularly suitable for this. If the elastomer flooring has a PUR
finish, it is imperative to carry out basic cleaning with a green pad
before the first treatment pass to guarantee that the care dispersion
adequately bonds. The floor can be treated after thorough cleaning
and drying. No special drying time, as with linoleum flooring, for
example, must be observed, because elastomeric flooring is not
usually porous and thus doesn’t absorb moisture.
It is treated either with damp mopping or care dispersion.
damp wiping methods use products based on
water-soluble polymers or soap. Care dispersions must be
for use on elastomeric flooring (see below). If the floor is
mopped, a higher concentration must be used. After drying,
the protective film should always be polished with a high-speed
machine (more than 300 revolutions per minute) or even better –
with a super
high-speed machine (more than 750 revolutions per
minute). The polishing process compresses the protective film
and increases its resistance to water and stress. Polishing also
the shine of the floor. Fortunately, it doesn’t reduce its
non-slip properties. The floor should be repolished at regular intervals
– depending on the wear – during maintenance cleaning.
Pre-cleaning binds dust
To preserve the protective film for long periods, pre-cleaning with
a dust-binding system should precede wet maintenance cleaning
of the surface. This first step removes fine dust particles and
coarse particles of loose dirt that would not otherwise be fully
eliminated by manual wet cleaning. Subsequently, two-stage wet
cleaning with a mop is recommended. The above-mentioned damp
mopping procedure with water-soluble polymers is also suitable.
If no care, but only cleaning is desired, an alcohol-based cleaner
(e.g. Tanet SR 15) or a modern all-purpose cleaner can be used.
Alternatively, the floor can be damp-mopped in one step if it is not
very dirty. In this case, however, no film-forming agent (applied
with damp mopping) should be used because this usually grays
When elastomeric flooring is mechanically cleaned, nothing
harder than a red pad or medium-hard brush should be used.
The agents used correspond to those used in manual cleaning. It
should be noted that mechanical cleaning with surface
agents does not maintain the protection as effectively as manual
If treatment with a care dispersion is desired in areas
with higher strain, it is important to select the right product.
So-called hard polymer dispersions often lead to problems because
flooring is point-elastic; many hard care dispersion
withstand this strain because they are less elastic.
The result in many cases is a crumbling protective film. This
is why classic
treatment with care dispersions is often
If such products are used, sufficiently
should be selected.
Usually, soft (e.g. Longlife
B 250) or viscoplastic
are recommended. Soft care dispersions
have the disadvantage of being less resistant to mechanical
stress than viscoplastic products.
These are often applied in two
to three thin layers on the dry, clean surface. A damp-mopping
product is used for maintenance
cleaning, just as with surface
Smooth elastomeric flooring before renovation, with heavy chalking and
deposits of dirt.
The surface after renovation. Photos: Tana
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