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Recommended Cleaning Methods

Manual Mechanical
  1. Sweep up loose dirt and dust.
  2. Apply AltroClean 44TM or equicalent alkaline cleaner and leave for several minutes.
  3. Scrub with deck scrubber or edge cleaner
  4. Mop up residue. Always use a twin compartment bucket to avoid redistribution of dirt.
  5. Mop rinse with clean, warm water and allow to dry,

 

  1. Vacuum up dust and dirt, remove large debris,
  2. Apply AltroClean 44TM or equivalent alkaline cleaner and leave for several minutes.
  3. Machine scrub using synthetic pad*+.
  4. Wet vacuum residue.
  5. Rinse with warm clean water and vacuum dry.

* For Altro MarineTM 20, normally used in showers or for pool surrounds, a deck scrubber or brush scrubber is recommended rather than pads or mops, but a special cleaner may be required occasionally to remove hardened lime deposits.

Failure to maintain Altro flooring in accordance with recommended procedure can affect the performance of the product. Further information is available from Altro. Please ensure you have the Health and Safety Data sheet for any cleaner you intend to use.
+ Altro MaxisTM Altro Maxis SupremaTM and Altro ImprintTM - should be maintained using the same regime as described above. However, due to advances of Altro Easyclean MaxisTM Technology, the frequency of machine scrubbing will be reduced. Where Altro safety flooring is not required to provide maximum slip resistance, the flooring may be maintained in a similar manner to smooth vinyl flooring, by applying a metallised emulsion polish. However, this will reduce slip resistance in the areas concerned and it is the responsibility of the building owner to assess the appropriate level of slip resistance in all cases.
Altro WalkwayTM 20 SD - for general maintenance use a neutral cleaner. Aggresive cleaning or the use of seal polishes may affect the static dissipative properties.  

 

Tips for successful maintenance of Altro safety 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 that areas which are seldom used, or where appearance is less important.

    The best and most cost effective method of cleaning Altro safety flooring is by machine.

    Care should be taken to select the corrct pad: medium pads for Altro safety flooring. For Altro Marine 20, use nylon or polypropylene brushes.

    Remeber that dirty equipment, particularly mops, does not clean but merley redistributes the dirt.

  2. Use recommended cleaning chemicals - use only recommended cleaning liquids or their equivalent in the correct concentration. Do not mix cleaning liquids, and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

    Always check the suitability of cleaners for use on vinyl floors. Do not use cleaner containing pine oil.

  3. Remove scuff marks regularly - to remove any rubber heel marks by abrasion use the correct machine pad, or scrub by hand, using scouring pwder. For areas requiring renovation due to neglect or heavy soiling consult Altro Technical Serices.
  4. Protect newly laid floors - all newly laid safety floor surfaces should be covered and protected from all other trades during the contract with a suitable non-staining protective covering.

 

General notes concerning staining

 

Some materials are known to cause staining on vinyl floors.

 

Typical examples include:

 

  • Asphalt and bitumen materials.
  • Cardboard/Hardboard (wet)
  • Transfer of some fire treatments and maintenance materials used on carpets.
  • Dyes from printed literature or packaging.
  • Rubber-backed carpets and rubber mats.
  • Rubber furniture rests and tolley wheels.
  • Shoe soles not made from non-staining materials.
  • Poster paints and powder paints.

 

High quality cleaning chemicals and equipment ensure effiient maintenance and represent only a small proportion of maintenance costs.

 

(provided by Altro)