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Cleaning guide for Altro resins with textured surfaces

Altro Resins

Recommended cleaning guide for textured finishes
Technical Guide

March 2013
Manual Mechanical
Sweep up loose dirt and dust Sweep up loose dirt and dust.
Dilute AltroClean 44TM or similar in warm clean water (follow the dilution instructions) and apply to the flooring and leave for several minutes to break down the deposits but not long enough to allow the solution to evaporate. Dilute AltroClean 44TM or similar in warm clean water (follow the dilution instructions) and apply to the flooring and leave for several minutes to break down the deposits but not long enough to allow the solution to evaporate.
Scrub the flooring with a deck scrubber or edge brushes to agitate the dirt and lift it to the surface. In larger areas a rotary scrubber drier (Truvox Multiwash or similar) should be utilised fitted with Polypropylene brushes. With the recovery turned off, scrub the floor surface with the machine.
If possible remove the dirty water from the surface using wet vacuum recovery. If this is not possible, squeegee the dirty water to the drain. Using the rotary scrubber machine with the recovery on, remove the dirty water from the surface of the flooring and dispose of the collected water as required.
Thoroughly rinse the surface with warm clean water and remove excess water with a clean mop. Allow to dry naturally. Thoroughly rinse the surface with warm clean water to remove all traces of detergent using the rotary scrubber. Allow to dry naturally.

Tips for successful maintenance of Altro resin flooring

1. Develop a regular cleaning programme suited to the usage and traffic of the area – heavily trafficked or highly visible areas need to be cleaned more often than areas which are seldom used, or where appearance is less important. Optimum slip resistance can only be maintained with regular cleaning. The best and most cost effective method of cleaning Altro resin flooring is by machine. Care should be taken to use appropriate brushes. Nylon brushes must not be used. Remember that dirty equipment, particularly mops, does not clean but merely redistributes the dirt.

2. Use recommended cleaning chemicals – only recommended cleaning liquids or their equivalent, which are suitable for cleaning resins should be used, and in the correct concentration. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions at all times and do not mix cleaning liquids. Always allow cleaning liquid sufficient time to break down the deposits. In wet locations such as bathrooms, showers or swimming pool surrounds, do not use antiseptic cleaners which may leave an oily residue. In areas that are prone to lime scale the periodic use of a lime scale removing cleaning chemical should be considered in place of the AltroClean 44 as part of a routine cleaning programme. (Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for dilution.)

3. Remove scuff marks regularly – to remove any rubber heel marks scrub lightly by hand, using scouring powder if necessary. Care should be taken not to abrade the sheen if attempting to remove marks from the surface of any high design, decorative resins.

4. Protect newly laid floors - all newly laid resin floor surfaces should be covered and protected from all other trades with a suitable non staining protective covering. The protection should only be put in place when the floor has cured after 48 hours at 20°C (longer may be necessary at lower temperatures). At no time should free water or high levels of moisture become trapped beneath the protection, as this will affect the surface appearance. Using entrance matting should enhance the longevity of the flooring.

5. Never use polishes and seals – as they affect the slip resistance of the flooring: consult Altro if a seal or polish is required. Antistatic flooring should never be polished or sealed.

6. Causes and avoidance of staining – certain chemicals will cause dulling and discolouration if left on the floor for a long time. The most suitable floor colour for particular traffic conditions should always be selected, e.g. darker colours will give improved performance in areas of heavy staining but may show scratches more. High quality cleaning chemicals and equipment ensure efficient maintenance and represent only a small proportion of maintenance costs.

AltroClean 44 is available through the Resins Sales Desk. Please obtain the correct MSDS from Altro.

For further information or technical advice
call our Customer Care Centre on 01426 489516
or email: enquiries@altro.com

NOTE: “Altro Ltd” (“Altro”) endeavours to ensure that advice and information given in Product Data Sheets, Method Statements and Material Safety Data Sheets (all known as Product Literature) is accurate and correct. However, where Altro has no control over the selection of its products for particular applications, it is important that any prospective customer, user or specifier, satisfies him / herself that the product is suitable for the intended application. In this process, due regard should be taken of the nature and composition of the background / base and the ambient conditions both at the time of laying / applying / installing / curing of the material and when the completed work is to be brought into use.

However, as site conditions and the execution of the work are beyond our control, we accept no resultant liability.

Altro’s policy is one of continuous research and development and we reserve the right to update our products and information at any time without prior notice.