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We all have been faced with manually cleaning greasy, slippery tile and grout floors, whether the floor is in a quick-service restaurant, college dining hall, or an industrial facility. But do you know the key variables that cause expensive slips and falls, affect your cleaning cost and time, and impact the appearance of your floor?
To develop a solution, you need to know the causes of the problem. The process must also ensure that two dissimilar surfaces (tile and grout) are cleaned effectively but not damaged. This is very important for floors with cementitious grout. Below are the most important variables that can impact the best way to clean a greasy floor.
There are many types of tiles, including unglazed quarry, high-fired ceramics, porcelain, granite, mosaic, dense stone, saltillo, and terrazzo. Seamless systems, ground-polished, and ground-polished stained concrete, all without grout lines, are becoming more prevalent. During the design process of a facility, it is vital to match the floor surface to the facility type, amount of foot traffic, and most common types of soils that need to be removed.
The surface density and texture of the tile can affect cleaning results. Adsorption is the chemical process soils use to stick to the tile surface and relates to the tile density. A highly dense tile will have less adsorption and soils won’t stick to the tile surface as easily.
Different tile surfaces have varying drying times and can also affect the coefficient of friction. (You can find the wet dynamic coefficient of friction data for tiles using the American National Standards Institute ANSI B101.3 or A326.3 standards.) Smooth tiles will dry at a slower rate than textured, unglazed tile and have a larger probability of being more slippery when wet.
The size of tiles—and the amount of grout—affects the drying time as well as the best process to use for cleaning. A smaller tile will have more grout, but will also reduce the probability of slips and falls.
Soil deposits are created several ways. They can be physically carried in from outside of the facility or inside the facility between zones via foot traffic; soils such as kitchen grease and oils can originate inside the facility. Soils can also originate chemically from the saponification that occurs among certain types of cleaning chemicals, floor surface soil loads, and grout, or from the polymerization—when two or more molecules combine to create larger molecules—that can develop rapidly on tile surfaces.