deposits on microporous fine stoneware tiles and finely polished
natural stone flooring. But they can dull or finely scratch surfaces
with protective films.
Fiber pads/Cotton pads
Textile pads are distinguished as fiber pads (active and microfiber
pads) or cotton pads. Fiber pads have a velour-like pile made of
polyester and/or polyamide fibers (as active or microfibers);
depending on the model, the pile length can vary from approximately
5–15 mm. In addition to classical uses such as interim
maintenance cleaning of textile floor coverings, these pads can
also be used with the spray extraction procedure for basic cleaning
of textile floor coverings. Fiber pads also achieve very good results
when scrubbing rubber-nub flooring and fine stone tiles with
microporous surfaces. Compared to active fiber pads, microfiber
pads have much finer fibers and a much higher capacity to absorb
water and dirt. This makes them more suited for cleaning textile
floor coverings than active fiber pads.
With scrubber dryers, this property has no particular importance;
it could even be said that the lower water absorption of active
fiber pads is even advantageous because the dirty solution is
released and vacuumed up so that the pad does not
become saturated with dirt too fast.
Cotton pads (bonnets) have a loop-like surface. Depending on the
model, the loop height is approximately 5–25 mm; fiber materials
used include polyacrylonitrile, polyester and polyamide (also in
mixtures). Such pads are used for interim maintenance cleaning,
for example, or in combination with spray extraction, for the basic
cleaning of textile flooring or the cleaning and polishing of rubber
nub flooring. After use, the pads are washed to make them
ready to go the next time around.
If pads have only been used dry (e.g. for polishing or renewing
protective film), dry pre-cleaning is recommended, first with a
powerful vacuum cleaner. Subsequently, nonwoven pad discs are
thoroughly rinsed with running water (preferably with a hose and
While fiber and cotton pads can usually be washed at 40 or 60
degrees Celsius in a washing machine, artificial nonwoven pads –
especially those with abrasive grit –should not be machine-washed
because most of the abrasive materials will end up in the washer.
In addition, if wash temperatures are too hot, the pads can
shrink. When washing pads, the manufacturer’s specified wash
should not be exceeded. N
Martin Lutz | firstname.lastname@example.org
is the Managing Director of the FIGR Research and Test Institute for
Facility Management GmbH in Metzingen
www.figr.de | email@example.com
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