The cleanliness in the supermarket has a decisive influence on the well-being of the customers. Often customers are not even aware of why you have a positive shopping experience. Negative things immediately stand out and stick in the mind. We’ve put together eight tips to help you do the right thing when it comes to cleaning floors.
We from haid-tec are often called when the tiles show an unsightly grey haze. Tracking is relatively easy for us because the same mistakes are often made. We find that a relatively inexpensive cleaner is used for daily maintenance cleaning. In order to compensate for this, the “chemical club” is unpacked once a year and a solvent-based cleaner is supposed to help the floor shine. These cleaners, which are often toxic to humans and the environment, are not actually necessary. Because those who constantly maintain a good level of cleaning can often dispense with basic cleaning and thus save costs.
The good news is that porcelain stoneware is a ceramic surface that dirt does not penetrate. Even after a long period of time in which incorrect cleaning has taken place and a layer build-up has occurred, the layers can be removed with the right cleaning agent and the right mechanics and the original floor covering becomes visible again.
If you and your cleaners take these 8 tips to heart, you’ll get great cleaning results.
The wrong cleaning agent will do more harm than good when it comes to supermarket cleaning. In particular, layer-forming cleaning agents quickly make porcelain stoneware floor coverings slippery and unsightly.
In this article you will learn what a cleaning agent has to do and what makes haid-tec® porcelain stoneware cleaner so special.
A non-slip floor can be damaged by incorrect mechanics. It is a mistake to think that a hard pad or brush will give better cleaning results. The opposite is true. A diamond pad can grind the porcelain tile and its textured surface smooth. We at haid-tec recommend the use of pads made of melamine resin foam or polyester fibres which, due to their material properties alone, achieve very good cleaning results – even if only water is used.
As you know it from the washing machine at home, detergents should also be dosed according to the water hardness. In the washing machine, the limescale contained in the water accumulates on the heating elements and leads to increased electricity consumption. The same happens on the surface of the porcelain stoneware if underdosed. The lime, together with dirt and detergent residues, settles on the surface and leads to greying. In addition, the cleaning-active components work worse with hard water.
For this reason, we recommend that chain stores and shop operators purchase a decalcification system if the water is hard. If you use decalcified water, you can save on detergents. This is generally a more environmentally friendly way to travel.
Detergents degrade over time and lose their effectiveness. In addition, the gel-like degradation products can clog hoses and filters of the cleaning machine. They thus become nutrients for algae and bacteria growth. This poses a hygiene problem and can leave a slippery film of grease.
Good mechanics should also be used for manual cleaning. In contrast to cotton mops, microfibre mops with their fine fibres get much better into the microscopic recesses of the porcelain stoneware surface. They can also absorb many times their own weight in water and dirt. The microfiber mops must be replaced and washed depending on the amount of dirt.
A dirty and smelly cleaning machine makes a bad impression on the customer! Therefore, after using the machine, empty the dirty water tank completely and rinse it out. The lid of the dirty water tank should be left ajar, as putrefactive bacteria can develop in the absence of oxygen.
Before each use, check the condition of the pads and the suction unit. If the pads are worn out, they must be replaced. You can turn the rubber lip if necessary. This is important so that the dirty water is extracted from the machine as completely as possible. It also allows you to walk on the flooring immediately. Fully recharge the machine after prolonged use. Intermediate charges place a heavy load on the batteries and considerably reduce their service life.
Of course, cleaning cloths and mop covers should also always be available in sufficient numbers. After use, you should wash them at least 60 degrees.
Nothing is more ineffective than duplicating cleaning efforts. If the fruit and vegetable department is restocked every morning at a certain time and a lot of dirt is generated in the process, it obviously makes little sense to clean these areas beforehand.
For other heavily soiled areas, it is often a good idea to clean them out of hours. It is best to clean the entrance and checkout areas before the store opens so that the floor is completely dry before customers walk on it.
Often the cleaners are moving too fast with the scrubber-dryer – whether hand-held or ride-on: give the cleaner a chance to work its magic! The machine has only half a meter of “time”, from the moment when the cleaning liquor is distributed on the floor at the front to the moment when the dirt liquor is sucked off at the back. It is better to drive slowly – and thus thoroughly – over the floor of the salesroom once than three times at a sporting pace. It is best to travel slower than walking speed. Stay relaxed and take it down a notch! In the end, this saves you time and therefore costs.
To ensure that the level of cleaning meets your requirements and that your salesroom is always spotlessly clean, it is important to train your own staff properly or to ensure that the cleaning service provider only uses trained personnel.
In our experience, if you keep these eight tips in mind, nothing will stand in the way of your cleaning success.
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.