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Recommended Cleaning Methods

AltroTimber NaturalTM, AltroSmoth IntristicTM, AltroSmooth SynthesisTM, AltroSmooth EthosTM, AltroSmooth Ethos MoodsTM, AltroSmooth ChrysalisTM, AltroSmooth ChrysalisTM SD

Initial Clean

All Products

Initial clean to all material to remove any dust.dirt and any factory release agent.

 

Use AltroClean44TM or equivalent alkaline cleaner.

  1. Sweep or vacuum up dust/dirt.
  2. Apply cleaner and scrub manually or by machine, using medium pads.
  3. Mop up or vacuum up residue.
  4. Rinse well with clean water and dry.

Sealing

AltroSmooth Instrunct

AltroSmooth Chrysalis

AltroSmooth Synthesis

AltroSmooth Ethos

Altro Smooth Ethos Moods

AltroTimber Natural

Are supplied with a factory finish PU coating. Does not require seal.
ltroSmooth Chrysalis SD Is static dissipating. Do not seal.

Routine maintenance

AltroSmooth Chrysalis

AltroSmooth Synthesis

AltroSmooth Intrinsic

Use AltroClean 48W Cleaner/maintainer or equivalent.

Mop wash or spray clean with soft pads.

AltroTimber Natural

AltroSmooth Ethos

AltroSmooth Ethos Moods

AltroSmoth Chrysalis SD

Use neutral cleaner.

 

Do not use cleaner/maintainer as this will leave a gloss finish.

Mop wash or spray clean with soft pads.

Removing polish build up

All products

As and when necessary to all materials.

 

Use AltroClean 44 or an Emulsion Dressing Remover.

Repeat steps in initial clean.

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.

Tips for successful maintenance of Altro smooth 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.
  2. Remeber that dirty equipment, particularly mops, does not clean - it merley re-distributes dirt. When using a mop, always use a twin compartment bucket.
  3. Use only recommended cleaning liquids or their equivalent - do not mix cleaning liquids and do not use more than the maufacturer's recommendations.
  4. Remove scuff marks regularly - remove any rubber heel marks by extra spray buffing or by abrasion with a synthetic pad.
  5. As with any vinyl floor, precautions should be taken against pedestrian traffic stains from recently laid tarmac or asphalt.
  6. Protect newly laid floors - all newly laid smooth vinyl floor surfaces should be covered and protected from all other trades during the contact with a suitable non staining protective covering.
  7. Care with polishes and seals - never polish or seal static dissipative floors where the static dissipative properties are needed.
  8. Dust control; 80% of the dust in a building is carried on people's shoes - a suitable dirt excluder outside all entrances and a mat inside will protect the flooring. Mats should be regularly cleaned to maintain their effectiveness. Dust control mops are also useful.
  9. 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.
  • Heat degradation.
  • Chemicals used in cleaners e.g. pine oil, 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)