Preventing Floor Failures: Surface Maintenance- Surface Protection

Preventing Floor Failures: Surface Maintenance- Surface Protection

Many companies are making a living by diagnosing and making determinations as to why a floor is experiencing failure. Legal protection and burden of proof makes determining why a floor has failed big business!

With increasing sophisticated methods and tools now available for recognizing and addressing vapor emissions and moisture problems, there is and ever-growing awareness of these “down-up” problems in the construction and related industries. The result is that owners and contractors increasingly assume that these “must” be the cause of tile, stone, and VCT floor failures.

There are other widespread causes of hard surface failures that are little understood , therefore often overlooked. these are the “up-down” problems that are fortunately quite easy and relatively inexpensive to solve by proper protection of the surface at the time of installation, and proper maintenance on an on going basis.

Addressing the “up-down” problems at any time in the life of a floor can often also prevent premature floor failures.

Consider: Any seamed, grouted or damaged floor is subject to various types of contamination seeping seeping through junctures to the base substrate. Soap and detergent cleaning agents, oils, salts and acids can all create conditions for lifting and buckling of hard-surface floors.

Many common cleaners use a variety of inexpensive compounds that make the cleaners appear to be highly effective but these compounds can cause severe damage to the flooring adhesive or to the bse substrate when they seep into junctures. This is especially true for the new low-VOC trowel adhesives that all become brittle and easily broken down by these chemistries.

  • Popular citrus-based cleaners contain a product called  d-limonene, a petroleum related product chemically that over time will break down adhesives and concrete. (Just soak either in this solution and it will eventually turn to mush)
  • Acidic cleaners that flow down through junctures will slowly create an environment that when re-wetted can cause concrete and all cementitious products to powder. This powder layer will eventually “lift” as it becomes less and less homogenous to the substrate.
  • High pH strippers (especially those with high amounts of potassium or sodium phosphates) and / or dirty water that seeps in an remains trapped under the flooring (and especially spaces between the rubber backing of small bathroom tiles) are idea sites for mold growth from these contaminates. As mold takes hold and begins to grow, it takes up increasing amounts of space, and starts the process of delamination. While many anti-microbial products are helpful, all have a short effective life, and any interruption in treatment will allow mold growth to re-start.

Preventing penetration of adverse chemistries into junctures along with the use of non-damaging advanced technology cleaners and strippers can prevent failure of new installations and stop deterioration of existing installations.

The first task is to seal seamed, grouted and damaged floors such that future contamination will not occur and the floor is given a durable overlay that can be cleaned and refreshed over time.

The second task is to use cleaners and strippers that actually “float” contamination “up” and “out” rather than just break it down and ultimately make it easier to penetrate damaged junctures of the flooring. The cleaners must also not contain harmful chemistries that can damage the flooring  and that leave residues that can react out later when re-wetted. No soapy residues left behind will mean no dangerous slippery floor when cleaning or after cleaning. The added benefit would be that they are effective highly diluted and deliver a pristine floor.

Polished marble is a good example of a floor needing gentle chemistry so as not to dehydrate the stone and cause deterioration. One client of mine was concerned about that and I told him to use StoneClean & Strip™ in lukewarm water highly diluted. He said that the daily cleaner StoneClean™ 60 was slowly cleaning the grout every time he cleaned the floor! (please read more about StoneClean™ Concentrates on my site)

Please contact me if you have any questions. For complete information about the specialty sealers and grout sealer please visit www.rjsconline.com

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Solving the Problem of Cleaning Floor Grout

mop & bucketSolving the Problem of Cleaning Floor Grout
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As a janitorial firm or building manager, you’re aware of the concern over cleaning floor grout. Many an owner has complained about the dirty appearance of the floor grout even after repeated efforts to correct the problem. One owner even doubted the cleaning staff was even cleaning the floors at all! Often view the grout close to the wall compared to the center of the floor reveals the concern quite clearly. There is a way to help in this area of concern.

Why does grout get so dirty looking? There could be several reasons. Here are a few.

  • Using daily cleansers that can’t float the dirt/grime/grease up and out of the porous material such as grout
  • Using cleansers that contain detergents that resettle in lower grout joints and deposit more dirt with each cleaning
  • Periodic waxing and build- up of wax residues in the grout. Wax tends to trap and weld in the dirt. Complete wax removal is essential
  • The past use of a silicone based grout sealer which will in time break down and actually attract and weld in the dirt into the so-called protection. These types of grout sealers work fine for a time but many times they become the enemy of a clean appearance
  • Not using caustic cleaners that contain acids. Though these may seem to clean better they will over time and over use make the flooring – including the grout more porous
  • Not using the proper cleaning brushes to get into the grout joints themselves

The beginning of the solution lies in using a special cleanser that has unique “floating” abilities. Again the concern is not to have the dirt resettle into the porous grout. Using a deep cleaner to, not only break down dirt but also oils with start the cleaning process.

Next it is important for the cleanser not to allow the contamination to “resettle” back into the floor and grout! This property of floating and grabbing the contamination before it can resettle is key. The mop or scrubber can wisk it away.

Detergents will likely contain a combination of salts. These type of cleansers only tend to leave behind a residue that is often hard to remove even with repeated rinsing.

StoneClean™ & Strip is such a deep cleanser for floors and grouting! StoneClean™ “104” is also such a cleanser with powerful abilities to breakdown and float contamination up and out of the floor and grouting.

One building called me to ask if StoneClean™ “104” had polishing agents in the product. I said no. Why did he ask? The granite floor shine returned to what it was like new. I then told him “Now you are seeing the floor without any detergent/ soap residues.”

Hotel housekeeping staffs are presented the problem on a daily basis of keeping a tiled floor clean. One executive housekeeper mentioned she had problems keeping the grout clean in the bathrooms. One floor in particular they tried several times and used really aggressive scrubbing brushes. I looked at the floor, sprayed StoneClean™ & Strip , allowed it to soak for 5 minutes, scrubbed with a nylon bristle scrub brush, and wow did it look clean after I rinsed! They were shocked and surprised.

One building manager was impressed even with the least aggressive of the StoneClean line – StoneClean™ “60”. She said that each time they used the product the grout got progressively cleaner each time.

One cleaning contractor got a contact solely on the basis of the cleaning action of StoneClean™ “104”. The comment was “If you can get this floor looking cleaner than the other company in just one sample clean then you can do the rest for the entire building”.

Please give these specialty cleanser a good try in your business or company you work for. Use the cleansers that can both grab the dirt and then float it up and out a chance to impove the clean of your grout and entire flooing.

Ordering is also  available by phone, as well as online thru this web siteor email me at wellnesssalt@yahoo.com 

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Stone & Tile Cleaning Tips & Instructions

Stone & Tile Cleaning Tips & Instructions

 

Thank You for choosing the cleansers with the very best cleaning chemistry on the market – the StoneClean™ Concentrate cleansers from the Richard James Specialty Chemicals Company .

 

 

Basic “Deep” Cleaning Tips

    • When cleaning walls like shower walls always start wetting from the bottom going up as this will prevent any potential concerns of streaking
    • When Deep cleaning with StoneClean & Strip it is important never to let the solution dry on the surface without scrubbing and rinsing
    • Clean only areas small enough so you can control the area so as not to have any solution dry before scrubbing
    • For deep cleaning floor grout it is best to keep the floor area wet for at least 5 minutes before scrubbing with a nylon bristle brush
    • If the floor and grout are very dirty you may need to rinse with clean water and scrub again as StoneClean & Strip’s deep cleaning action will still work to bring up embedded dirt! You will likely be shocked to see how much dirt keeps coming up and out. (it drives me nuts to see how dirty many restaurant floors and bathrooms are!)
    • Dilutions: Severe Contamination 1 part solution to 3 parts water (on rare occasions such as embedded mold/mildew it may be necessary to use full strength) Average Soil   1 part solution to 10 parts water
  • Water Temperature Should be lukewarm and never hot! (excessive heat can separate the special surfactants in the product)
  • Microfiber cleaning cloths and sponges work best
  • Read the labels well on the bottles for further instructions
  • Best to use rubber gloves as it can tend to dry out the skin

Conc. Data Sheet

Ordering is also  available by phone, as well as online thru this web site.  Call 503-362-5651 or email me at wellnesssalt@yahoo.com 

Please give me your name and phone number so I can either call or email you back to get your credit card numbers. I am the only one who will contact you and get your numbers over a land line and thru a private / secure internet connection to complete the transaction. I use PayPal on my online ordering and it also is secure! 

 

 

 

Surface Maintenance Surface Protection

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Avoid Floor Failures Please Read!

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Stan Zimmer

Surface Maintenance + Surface Protection

Your First Two Lines of Defense Against Floor Failures

With increasingly sophisticated methods and tools now available for recognizing and addressing vapor emission and moisture problems, there is an ever-growing awareness of these “down-up” (moisture under the floor moving up and out of the flooring thru the setting bed)  problems in the construction and related industries. The result is that owners and contactors increasingly assume that these “must” be the cause of tile, stone, and VCT failures.

There are other widespread causes of hard surface flooring failures that are little understood, therefore are often –  over looked. These are the “up-down” (of vapor transmission) problems that are fortunately quite easy and relatively inexpensive to solve by proper protection of the surface at the time of installation, and proper maintenance on an ongoing basis.

Addressing the “up-down” problems at any time in the life of the floor can often also prevent premature floor failure.

Any seamed, grouted or damaged floor is subject to various types of contamination seeping through junctures to the base substrate. Soap and detergent residues, stripping and cleaning agents, oils, salts and acids can all create conditions for lifting and buckling of hard-surface floors.

Many common cleaners use a variety of inexpensive compounds that make the cleaners “appear” to be highly effective , but these compounds can cause severe damage to the flooring adhesive or to the base substrate when the seep into junctures. This is especially true for the low-VOC trowel adhesives that all become brittle and easily broken down by these chemistries.

  • Popular citrus-based cleaners contain a product called d-Limonene, a petroleum related product that over time will break down adhesives and concrete.
  • Acidic cleaners that flow down through junctures will slowly create an environment that when re-wetted can cause concrete and all cementitious products to powder. This powder layer will eventually “lift” as it becomes less and less homogeneous to the substrate.
  • High pH strippers (especially those with high amounts of potassium or sodium phosphates sodium hydroxide ) and / or dirty water that seep in and remain trapped under the flooring material can wreak havoc. Spaces below the flooring (and especially spaces between the rubber backing of small bathroom tiles) as ideal sites for mold growth from these contaminates. As mold take hold and begins to grow, it takes up increasing amounts of space, and starts the process of delamination. While many anti-microbial products are helpful, all these have a short effective life , and any interruption in treatments will allow mold growth to re-start.

Preventing penetration of adverse chemistries into junctures along with use of non-damaging advanced-technology cleaners and strippers can prevent failures of new installations and stop deterioration of existing installations.

The first task is to seal seamed, grouted and damaged floors such that future contamination will not occur and the floor is given a durable overlay that can be cleaned and refreshed over time. Important the overlay (coating) needs no stripping to refresh!

The second task is to use cleaners and strippers that actually “float” contamination “up and out” rather than just break down; that do not contain adverse chemistries; that will not damage the flooring; that will not leave dangerous slippery residues behind; and that will effectively and cost-efficiently deliver a pristine-clean floor.

Please email me for more details! It may not be too late.

Live in another country other than the United States, please email me concerning private labeling and purchasing arrangements.

Ordering is also  available by phone, as well as online thru this web site.  Call 503-362-5651 or email me at wellnesssalt@yahoo.com 

Please give me your name and phone number so I can either call or email you back to get your credit card numbers. I am the only one who will contact you and get your numbers over a land line and thru a private / secure internet connection to complete the transaction. I use PayPal on my online ordering and it also is secure!