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Having devoted ourselves so far to basic knowledge about porcelain stoneware as well as trends in floor tiles, we have put together a few tips for you that will make cleaning floor tiles easier for you as a cleaning service provider, facility manager or store manager.
Cleaning tiles by hand? For large areas, this is both tedious and time-consuming, and therefore uneconomical. Nevertheless, the hand wiping method has its justification: namely, when smaller, overlooked areas need to be cleaned – for example, a storage room – or stairs and entrance areas.
Flat mop covers made of microfiber have proven themselves for hand mopping – they achieve significantly better results on porcelain stoneware compared to mop covers made of cotton. Even better, of course, with our pads in the practical telescopic handle .
In order to save frequent water changes and for employees to work as efficiently as possible, the purchase of a scrubber dryer pays off even for relatively small areas. Currently, there is a trend towards small, maneuverable machines, the so-called “compact scrubber-driers”. The i-mop was the pioneer in this machine class. In the meantime, Numatic has followed suit with the NUC244NX and TASKI with the Swingo 250 µicro and is definitely competing with the “top dog”. Other manufacturers are also entering the compact scrubber-dryer market as an alternative to hand mopping.
As a facility manager of a property or store manager of a grocery or drug store, you should keep the size of the property in mind when selecting a cleaning machine. It is obvious to choose the working width as wide as possible. However, it must of course be ensured that the machine can pass through all narrow points without any problems. The same applies to the width of the suction bar. As a cleaning service provider responsible for large properties, it makes sense to use a cleaning machine with a large working width for the large areas – If necessary, a ride-on machine, and a compact scrubber-dryer for narrow areas.
The size of the fresh and dirty water tank should be adapted to the area to be cleaned. A tank size that is too small means that the actual work has to be interrupted frequently to drain the dirty water and refill the machine. However, too large a capacity is also not useful, because the water should not remain in the machine between cleaning intervals. As a rough guideline, calculate with approximately 10 liters of cleaning liquor per 100 m² of surface to be cleaned. The new “compact scrubber-driers” consume significantly less water. And: Before buying, also pay attention to the battery capacity.
Cleaners are generally always pressed for time. This can tempt them to “step on the gas” more. But the time saved pays off because the result is only below average. If you move too fast with the machine, you don’t give the cleaning liquor enough time to do its job. It is also helpful if the scrubber-dryer is equipped with the MelaminPlusPads from haid-tec. Thanks to the particularly good mechanical cleaning performance, water and detergent can be saved. Even if the employee uses it “only” once to travel at walking pace over the floor surface to be cleaned, the result is: “clean and shiny”.
Lime is the “big culprit” that causes floor tiles to get dirty, in addition to the actual contaminants and residues from cleaning products. If you know that you are dealing with very hard water on site, we recommend purchasing a water softener. This literally kills many birds with one stone, as decalcified water also protects washing machines and dishwashers, and you generally need less detergent or cleaning agent.
In professional cleaning, the use of aggressive cleaning agents and the proverbial chemical club is by no means necessary to achieve an optimal cleaning result.
The fact that the environment is not harmed has always been a priority for haid-tec in the development of its cleaning agents. The porcelain stoneware cleaner has already been awarded the EU Ecolabel since 2010. In all our other cleaning products, too, we consistently avoid the use of environmentally harmful ingredients such as colorants and fragrances.
Again and again we hear that surfactants must be dispensed with for environmentally friendly cleaning. That is not so true. The porcelain stoneware cleaner from haid-tec contains surfactants that do not harm the environment and do not form layers on the porcelain stoneware.
As already in our first blog post about cleaning porcelain stoneware mentioned, ceramic tiles are among the most popular floor coverings; they are particularly suitable for all heavily used surfaces with a lot of foot traffic. In the “safety tile” variant – i.e. with a very highly structured and thus slip-resistant surface – they are installed in commercial kitchens, butcher shops, car repair shops or in entrance areas.
For tiles made of porcelain stoneware – whether matt, polished or glazed – the combination of pads from haid-tec and the porcelain stoneware cleaner will give you the best cleaning results in the long term; at the same time, you will be protecting the environment and your wallet.
In our online store you will find the right products:
>> for cleaning by hand wiping
>> for machine cleaning
And if you are looking for a holistic solution for your cleaning tasks, we can help you with our
>> Cleaning concept gold or silver .
With professional maintenance cleaning that completely removes dirt, property owners and operators save themselves time-consuming and costly basic cleaning!
And to answer the initial question, yes. Pads made of melamine resin foam are better performers when it comes to floor cleaning!
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>> Here you can learn more about how MelaminPlusPads work and order them.
>> The porcelain stoneware cleaner from haid-tec: sustainable and developed by experts
With over 3,000 objects walked on and over 5 million square metres of floor area, David Haid is a proven expert in the cleaning of porcelain stoneware floor coverings. As an author in our haid-tec magazine „BODEN-ständig“, he shares his expertise from over 15 years of professional experience with you and provides valuable tips, especially for challenging cleaning projects.
If you have any questions, he will be happy to help you at any time and can be reached via the following channels.