Hardly any other industry has to deal with such a large flow of customers and goods. In a supermarket, all kinds of dirt accumulate that you can imagine. In addition to the street dirt brought into the market by the many customers, it is not impossible for something to fall down and leave greasy dirt behind. Cleaning with water alone is not enough here, as water and grease do not mix. For this reason, simple all-purpose and household cleaners contain soaps.
Many manufacturers try to circumvent the soap problem by relying on highly alkaline products that have a high pH value and are thus strong, corrosive alkalis. These products do not contain soaps themselves. However, these are formed during the cleaning process by saponification of greasy soiling.
Products with a pH value significantly above 12 have a skin-corrosive effect. This considerably increases the requirements for protective equipment. Normal disposable gloves, for example, are then no longer sufficient. In practice, the necessary protective measures can hardly be implemented; who wants to put on „full protection“ every time just to fill the cleaning machine?
Another problem with highly alkaline cleaning agents is that they not only corrode the skin but also the material in the long run. When cleaning with a scrubbing machine, a minimal amount of residual moisture always remains on the floor covering. The water evaporates and the alkaline components concentrate so that a highly corrosive solution remains shortly before it dries completely. The corrosive effect is so great that so-called „glass corrosion“ occurs, as it is known from the advertising for dishwasher tabs. The result is a dull and dirt-prone surface.
Traditionally, the limescale problem and the resulting greying of the porcelain stoneware is countered by regular (e. g. twice a week) acidic intermediate cleaning. In practice, however, this is hardly feasible, as even the correct application of a product presents a certain challenge with frequently changing cleaning staff. In addition, acidic cleaning agents are usually less effective on non-mineral soiling.
Some manufacturers try to compensate for the poor cleaning performance of their products with environmentally harmful or even toxic ingredients such as solvents. Sooner or later, such substances end up in the food cycle and on our plates! It often helps to look at the back of the cleaning agent canister. If there are warning signs such as „Toxic“, „Harmful to water“, these products should not be used for daily maintenance cleaning – for the sake of your employees and the environment!
So which cleaning agent is the right one for cleaning porcelain stoneware floors in food retail?
We recommend the haid-tec® porcelain stoneware cleaner for cleaning porcelain stoneware floors in food retail. In the development of haid-tec® porcelain stoneware cleaner, we have dispensed with soaps and instead use high-tech surfactants.
The high-tech surfactants
The cleaning effect of the high-performance surfactants is supported by the alkaline setting of the haid-tec® porcelain stoneware cleaner. It is label-free. Another important component of our porcelain stoneware cleaner are special complexing agents. These ensure that the lime from the water and dissolved dirt remain in solution and cannot adhere to the floor covering.
We deliberately avoid environmentally harmful or even toxic ingredients in our porcelain stoneware cleaner. It has been awarded the European Ecolabel* for the third time in a row. However, this does not mean that it is less effective – on the contrary. In order to receive the European Ecolabel, a cleaning agent must prove in a test by an independent testing institute that it is equally or better effective than a comparable product that pollutes the environment more.
Soap cleaners and highly alkaline cleaning products damage your floor bellows in the long run. The haid-tec® porcelain stoneware cleaner fulfils the high requirements for cleaning in food retail and meets the customers’ demand for safe and clean floors. It maintains slip resistance while relying on sustainable ingredients.
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.