Woking-based Clean & Gleam have been cleaning ancient church floors, yacht club cafés and now they're mucking about on the river. The intrepid professionals have won the contract to carry out deep cleans on yachts on the Thames in London.
The customer wanted to know if my chemicals were safe as they had a very young child that climbed all over the sofa.
I told them that everyone should stay off the sofa until it is fully dry – ideally for 24 hours. Was this right ?
Danny – London
Well, firstly, Prochem have stopped producing Dri Pro.. But … Fine Fabric Solvent Cleaner is in fact a newly-formulated version of the dry cleaning solvent, aimed especially at the dry cleaning market.
You were correct to inform the client to stay off the furniture until fully dry.
The actual drying time, depends many factors, such as open windows, airflow, atmospheric pressures etc.
However, if using a dry cleaning solvent we advise that you do not use an air mover or paddle fans to assist drying, as this moves the solvent vapours around and they should be allowed to vent/dry naturally.
I have to clean and regularly maintain a floor. It is in the entrance of a small private hospital. I’m not sure what type it is – I think it is a plain vinyl. It’s in a high traffic area and has many patients and staff walking over it every day, so the impact of high heels and wheelchairs frequently passing over it leaves it very difficult to keep clean.
Can you advise a system that could help us?
Have you considered A217 Ultrapac Renovate?
It’s highly effective at removing foot traffic soils, and carbons from such things as tyre marks etc. Dilute and rotary scrub in the product and then wet-vacuum the soiled water away. A neutralising rinse with C255 Prorinse is then advisable to prevent re-soiling.
Then, if the floor is porous or semi-porous an application of a seal such as R602 Proseal would be a good move. This will penetrate into the flooring and block water and soil penetration.
Once you have let that dry, two or three coats of a good quality, high solids polish such as Prochems’ 25% metallic-content C503 Proshine. You have now protected the flooring from top to bottom.
Polishes can be one of the most expensive products that you can put on flooring. So, if, the following day, a worker walks over the floor (and new layers of polish) with sand or grit on the bottom of their shoes, this will obviously scratch and damage the surface. Those marks will soon become visible and putting more polish on, may thought to be the answer.
That is why Prochem produce C502 Protreat. A wax and polymer-based, pink-coloured solution, this can be mopped or lightly sprayed onto the flooring. It could then be burnished with the introduction of a high-speed rotary machine and perhaps a red or white floor pad.
Protreat acts as a kind of filler, restoring those above mentioned scratches and giving a rich, non slip finish to the flooring. This is deemed to be a regular maintenance process.
So, to sum up – the seal (Proseal) protects the floors’ depth. The polish (Proshine) protects the floors surface and the maintainer (Protreat) protects the polish layers – Simple !
What do you consider to be the biggest challenges involved in caring for hard floors?
Foot traffic from outside – definitely. Dust, grit, and sand blowing in or brought in by foot must be kept to a minimum as they scratch the surface of hard floors, whether resilient or stone floors. Good dust matting with at least three foot strides helps maintenance and prolongs polish life. It should be vacuumed every day to remove as much contamination as possible
Dust mopping on a regular basis is also a major factor in the protection of polished resilient flooring and softer stone flooring such as marble, limestone and terracotta and especially in high traffic areas.
Polished resilient floors such as vinyl benefit from dust mopping and treating with a buffable maintainer such as Prochem’s C502 Protreat.
You just apply by spray or mop and then buff to a shine with a medium or high speed single disc machine (300rpm) fitted with a red pad or an ultra high speed single disc machine (800 and over rpm) with a white pad.