Due to the large number of square metres that need to be cleaned daily, the most economical method is usually to clean the floor coverings by machine. The equipment of the cleaning machine makes the difference whether the daily dirt can really be removed during maintenance cleaning. Unfortunately, this often leads to a gradual deterioration of the cleaning result and greying of the floor covering. Regular basic cleaning would then be necessary to achieve an acceptable level of cleanliness.
Unfortunately, as far as the equipment of the machine is concerned, the motto „the harder, the better“ is repeatedly applied and scrubbing pads or brushes are used to clean the floor covering. Scrubbing pads often have abrasive particles incorporated to grind the dirt off the floor covering and at the same time remove a minimal layer from the floor covering itself. Diamond pads also work on this principle – they have tiny diamond particles incorporated into the structure of the pads.
However, porcelain stoneware is predominantly used as flooring in food retailing today. Porcelain stoneware has many advantages over other floor coverings – one of them is its special hardness and thus abrasion resistance. At the same time, however, this means that porcelain stoneware cannot be sanded when installed. Porcelain stoneware is available with different surfaces. With matt tiles, the firing skin is still intact – similar to the bread crust when baking bread. During the firing process at approx. 1,200 °C, a particularly hard, dense and closed layer forms over the microporous base body. Often, a micro-glaze is also applied during the firing process to further close the surface. Porcelain stoneware is also available with a polished surface. In this case, the porcelain stoneware tiles are polished to a high gloss after firing on polishing lines with dozens of diamond heads.
With both matt and polished porcelain stoneware, pads and brushes with abrasive particles cause the surface to become scratched and thus matt in the long run. Dirt can embed itself much better in the finest scratches and then adheres more strongly to the surface. The result: the floor coverings become dirtier and dirtier more quickly. More and more aggressive cleaning pads and chemicals are then used – a vicious circle forms, at the end of which a floor covering that is hardly cleanable any more is the result.
There are also pads and brushes without abrasives. But even with these, a good cleaning result is only possible with a very high expenditure of time and with regular special cleaning actions. The fibres of the pads and the bristles of the brush are simply much too coarse and do not reach the fine and finest structures of the surface. In a way, they only scrub around on the highest levels and thus have no „deep action“.
A good dirt-removing effect is also very important in that the dirt itself has an abrasive effect. Put simply, the cleaner the porcelain stoneware tiles are kept, the longer the original look of the floor can be maintained – porcelain stoneware can retain an attractive look and its slip resistance for 20 years or more despite intensive use.
haid-tec offers a unique combination of pads with the PolyPlusPads and MelaminPlusPads. The PolypPlusPads consist of the finest fibres (many times finer than human hair). This allows them to reach dirt even in microscopically small depressions. They therefore remove dirt much better than a brush or scrubbing pad. Unlike microfibres, such as those used for mop covers, they do not absorb the dirt and thus do not clog, but only loosen it so that it can be sucked up with the dirty water by the scrubbing machine.
MelaminPlusPads go one step further in terms of mechanical cleaning effect. They are made of melamine resin foam. As a solid material, melamine is a very hard plastic – which is why it is used, for example, for camping tableware.
The supposedly effective cleaning of your porcelain stoneware floor with scrubbing pads and brushes has a negative effect on the quality of the floor over the duration of use. Porcelain stoneware floor scratches, wears out and becomes dirty more quickly. Conventional pads without abrasive particles, however, do not achieve the desired cleaning performance and are inefficient. The haid-tec cleaning pads offer a remedy here and solve your dilemma due to their mechanical cleaning performance, low consumption and longer service life.
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.