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In addition to the cleaning agents and care products used, cleaning effectively than dull floors do. Especially children and youths, intervals play an important role in terms of maintaining non-slip in particular, who have little or no sports training should avoid safety as well. Floors can easily become slippery from too much overdoing it during sports and workouts. dust, for instance. If dust build-up is an issue, cleaning intervals Reducing the amount of dirt brought in from the outside can be need to be shortened. Besides floors, the cleaning requirements achieved by installing dirt traps (in the case of multi-purpose of the ventilation and air conditioning systems must be taken into halls) or allowing only clean indoor sports shoes (in the case of account, too. If they are neglected, dust is pretty sure to continue gyms). These simple measures are very effective in preventing spilling onto the floor after the cleaning pass. damage to the flooring. Contamination always results in higher wear of floorings and coatings. Scrubbing agents, solvents, and Cleaning and maintaining sports flooring hard sponges must never be used in hall areas, either. A carefully The cleaning and maintenance of flooring in gyms and sports halls adjusted combination of cleaning agents and care products from must be carried out by experienced and qualified personnel to one single manufacturer is the best way to achieve ideal results. prevent injuries – which can be quite severe and have long-term Again, the key factor for determining the type of cleaning and effects – as well as provide the best possible sports experience maintenance is the type of floor and its surface. for the athletes. 33Initial cleaning More so than in other areas, reducing the frequency of cleaning The first step is to remove loose dirt with a vacuum or mop. The sports facilities can have severe consequences. On the one hand, mopping can be carried out with special dry microfiber covers or athletes could injure themselves, on the other, it is very likely that with treated disposable fleece cloths. the flooring will continue to degrade if the cleaning procedures Next, any clinging or sticky dirt is removed by wet scrubbing with are inadequate. a single-disc machine. The preferred equipment is a scrubbing The cleaning and maintenance processes must be adjusted to the brush of medium hardness without abrasives, or a red pad. In terms frequency of use. If the hall is used on a daily basis, loose dirt of cleaning agents, an all-round detergent is most appropriate. The should be removed at least once per day to prevent any impairment loosened dirt is then absorbed by a wet vacuum cleaner. If the of surface friction properties. degree of soiling is relatively low, a scrubbing machine can be For these types of coating, it is necessary to comply with the used as an alternative. Stubborn stains (e.g. paint) may require an requirements stipulated in DIN V 18032 part 2 or DIN EN 14904, alkaline universal stripping agent. In this case, the floor should be respectively. Particular attention must be paid to sliding friction wiped with clear water afterwards. values, as they determine non-slip safety. Research conducted by 33Initial finishing sports physicians shows that slide coating protects the joints more The type of flooring is decisive for the initial coating used. | in addition to tHe front coVer SCRUBBER DRYER CT80 Visit us at ISSA INTERCLEAN Amsterdam 10–13 May GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016 51


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