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Cleaning and Maintenance

Floors usually take the most abuse of any surface in the building. Floor maintenance is a process which is dependent upon the flooring system itself, the traffic conditions, and the type of dirt and debris to which it is exposed. General Polymers floors are easily maintained because of their physical and chemical tough finishes.

In recognition of the need for regular floor maintenance, the following recommendations will help keep your General Polymers floors looking like new. The recommended cleaning products and maintenance program is based on the type of floor you have.

RECOMMENDED CLEANING CHEMICALS

Area Description

Recommended Cleaner

FOOT TRAFFIC

public areas, health care, dining room/cafeteria, lab, institutional, retail, foot traffic area.

Neutral slip resistant floor cleaner

LIGHT TO MODERATE SERVICE AREAS

animal care, automotive service center, commercial kitchen/food prep area, patio

Cleaner/Degreaser

MODERATE TO HEAVY SERVICE AREAS

bottling plant, factory floor, loading dock, manufacturing/industrial, vehicular traffic area, stadium

Heavy-Duty Cleaner/Degreaser

ESD/CONDUCTIVE FLOORS

clean room, computer room, electronics production and assembly, quality control lab, surgery

Neutral Floor Cleaner

FOOD AND BEVERAGE PLANTS

dairy plant, meat & poultry plant, food processing plant, brewery, winery and beverage plants

Cleaner / Degreaser

CLEANING PROCESS

The best method to clean General Polymers floors is a five-step process, using the recommended cleaning product. The process varies between small and large floors and between smooth and textured floors.

The five steps are:

SMOOTH FLOORING SURFACES

TEXTURED FLOORING SURFACES

SMALL AREA

LARGE AREA

SMALL AREA

LARGE AREA

SWEEPING

broom or dust mop

floor sweeper

broom

floor sweeper

APPLICATION

synthetic mop or deck brush

automatic floor scrubber

deck brush or foamer/sprayer

automatic floor scrubber or foamer/sprayer

AGITATION

mop or deck brush

automatic floor scrubber

deck brush or rotary floor machine

automatic floor scrubber or rotary floor machine

DWELL TIME

5 – 10 minutes

5 – 10 minutes

5 – 10 minutes

5 – 10 minutes

REMOVAL

mop or wet vac

automatic floor scrubber

squeegee or wet vac

automatic floor scrubber

NOTES:

MAINTENANCE/DAMAGE PREVENTION

General Polymers floors are installed with several basic types of finish coats including epoxy, polyurethane and acrylic.

Acrylic and polyurethane floors have exceptional mar and scratch resistance while epoxy finishes are harder and therefore, will scratch when subjected to abrasive dirt.