• During construction dust and construction debris will collect on any floor, creating hazardous, slippery conditions. The best way to combat buildup on the surface of the flooring is to cover the floor with Kraft paper, carpeting, or tarp. Do not use plastic as it may not allow the grout and thin-set to properly cure, and it may also become extremely slippery as construction dust settles. Proper and diligent care must be used to maintain the protective cover during construction.

    After installation - The complete removal of construction dirt and grout haze are the two most important factors in ensuring the ease of daily maintenance of porcelain stoneware. If construction dirt has collected on the surface of the tile, it will be necessary to use a heavy-duty cleaner and possibly a scrubber to release the dirt. A wet vacuum can be used to aid in the pickup of the suspended dirt in the cleaning solution. The floor should then be rinsed thoroughly to leave the surface free and clear of any cleaner residue, which if left on the surface can attract dirt or can become slippery when wet. GROUT HAZE or RESIDUE, however, will require special products. There are two situations that can occur with grout residue: a cementations residue, which generally can be seen, or an invisible residue left by the additives often used in grouts. It is important that both residues be attacked to leave your floor thoroughly cleaned.

    Either residue will increase soiling and create ongoing maintenance problems. Acid washing is not recommended, especially with the use of colored grouts. Use of acids can cause discoloration of the grout joints and in some instances, cause the color pigment to attach itself to the surface of the tile making it more difficult to clean. If tracking and soiling are consistently occurring, it can usually be associated with grout haze or a buildup of cleaners. A cleanup of the grout as directed above or the thorough cleaning and rinsing of the floor to remove cleaner buildup should eliminate excessive soiling and tracking.

  • • Sweep, using a soft, natural-bristle broom or vacuum floor of debris.

    • Using a reputable manufacturer of tile cleaner or grout stripper, prepare a cleaning solution as recommended by the manufacturers instructions. Dispense a generous amount of solution onto the floor by mop or sponge applicator.

    • Allow the solution to sit on the surface a few minutes. Allowing the cleaning mixture to remain on the floor for a short period of time will increase the suspension of the dirt particles and produce a cleaner surface.

    • Using a nylon-grit brush, scrub slowly in an overlapping figure 8 pattern. If the area is very dirty or has a grout or sealer film, a 175 rpm rotary scrubber must be used to get the proper results. If the area is only lightly soiled, an auto-scrubber can be used, making several passes before picking up the solution.

    &bull ;Have several rinse buckets with clean water available before you pick up the scrubbed solution. Use a wet vacuum to pick up the solution and immediately rinse the surface with clean cold water. Pick up the rinse water and repeat until the surface is completely free of solution.

    • Remove excess water from the floor.

Fiandre Architectural Surfaces
Fiandre Architectural Surfaces
Fiandre Architectural Surfaces