Why cleaning with scouring pads and brushes will damage your high-quality porcelain stoneware floor in the long term

The first thing a customer looks at when entering a supermarket is the flooring. A bad first impression – i.e. a dirty floor – has a conscious and unconscious effect on buying behaviour. The simple formula is “the cleaner the market is perceived to be, the fuller the shopping trolley at the checkout”. The floor covering plays a special role in the customer’s perception of cleanliness, if only because of the large areas involved.

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Cleaning with scouring pads and brushes attacks the floor - "harder" does not equal better

Due to the large square footage that needs to be cleaned daily, the most economical method is usually to clean the flooring by machine. The equipment of the cleaning machine makes the difference whether the daily accumulated dirt can really be removed within the scope of maintenance cleaning. Unfortunately, this often leads to a gradual deterioration of the cleaning result and a 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 always followed and scouring pads or brushes are used to clean the floor covering. Scrub pads often have abrasive particles incorporated into them to grind the dirt from the flooring, while also removing a minimal layer from the flooring itself. Diamond pads also work according to this principle – they have tiny diamond particles incorporated into the structure of the pads.

Abrasive particles permanently scratch the surface of porcelain stoneware, creating a vicious circle

However, fine stoneware is now predominantly used as flooring in food retailing. Porcelain stoneware has many advantages over other floor coverings – one of which is its particular 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 is formed 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 process, the porcelain stoneware tiles are polished to a high gloss after firing on polishing lines with dozens of diamond heads.

In the case of both matt and polished fine stoneware, pads and brushes with abrasive particles cause the surface to become scratched and thus matt in the long term. Dirt can embed itself much better in the finest scratches and then adheres more strongly to the surface. The result: the floor coverings get dirty more and more quickly. More and more aggressive pads and cleaning chemicals are then used – a vicious circle is formed, at the end of which a floor covering that can hardly be cleaned any more is the result.

Pads and brushes without abrasive content do not achieve the desired cleaning result and are inefficient

There are also pads and brushes without abrasive content. 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 sense, they only scrub around at the highest levels and thus have no “depth” effect.

A good dirt removal effect is also very important in that the dirt itself has an abrasive effect. In simple terms, the cleaner the porcelain stoneware tiles are kept, the longer the original appearance of the floor can be retained – porcelain stoneware can retain an attractive appearance and its slip resistance for 20 years or more, despite intensive use.

The haid-tec cleaning pads clean efficiently without damaging the surface of the porcelain stoneware.

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 microscopic depressions. They therefore remove dirt much better than a brush or scouring 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.

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The haid-tec MelaminPlusPads convince with their mechanical cleaning effect and ensure the preservation of your high-quality porcelain stoneware floor.

MelaminePlusPads 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, as camping tableware.

The advantages of our MelaminPlusPads

  • When foamed, a flexible spatial structure of extremely fine, razor-sharp webs is created. These finest ridges act like millions of microscopic razor blades, scraping out dirt even in the smallest and finest microscopic depressions of the surfaces.
  • The mechanical cleaning effect of melamine resin foam is so amazing that it is often referred to as the “miracle or magic sponge” in the household sector.
  • During use, the melamine resin foam slowly consumes itself – so that there is always a cleaning-active surface. That is why it is sometimes called a dirt eraser.
  • During use, the melamine resin foam slowly consumes itself – so there is always a cleaning-active surface left. That is why it is sometimes called a dirt eraser.
Melamine resin foam under the microscope 200um Melamine resin foam under the microscope, source wfk/haid-tec research project
Melamine resin foam under the microscope 20um Melamine resin foam under the microscope, source wfk/haid-tec research project

MelaminePlusPad vs Scrub Pad

Summary

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 period of use. Porcelain stoneware floor scratches, wears out and soils faster. However, conventional pads without abrasive particles 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.

Both MelaminPlusPads and PolyPlusPads can be used with all common cleaning agents. “The right chemistry” for supermarket cleaning is the subject of our next blog article, read more here.

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