Research on the Cleaning Ability of Resilient Floor Coverings Through the Characterisation of the Surface Properties to Facilitate the Selection of Optimal Cleaning and Maintenance Methods
AiF 10001 N
Building maintenance companies are recently confronted with a lot of new developments which are of negative effect for the economically interesting daily maintenance services. There are significant changes in the substrates used for resilient floorings, higher amounts of recycled polymers, application care film layers during production, decreasing perception of polymer films and care film removal stages as well as required reformulation of the care aids. Cleaning and care properties of the floorings are changed thereby. An appropriate selection of the cleaning technique and an offer of optimum cleaning and care formulas based on accessible data could help to reduce arising problems.
Aim of the research project was the improvement of the of daily cleaning processes by objectively determinable data which give an information on properties of the surface to be cleaned and also about interrelation between these data and the cleanability.
The achieved results showed that the wetting properties which are easily accessible by contact angle measurements give sufficient information about soil- and cleanability. With the knowledge of these data appropriate filming can be chosen. It is also possible to predict the minimum amount of the film polymer taking into regard the expected wear. Multiple filming is advantageous. The optimum number of treatments which leads to soil repellence and removal independent of the floor substrate can be pre-determined
The interrelations found allow to minimise the amount cleaning and care aids to be used. Additionally floorings can be optimised with regard to cleanability. Both effects increase the economy of daily floor care.
We would like to thank the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen “Otto von Guericke” e.V. (Association of Industrial Research Organisations) [AiF] for the financial support of the reasearch project (AiF 10001 N) funded by the budget of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The research report is available on request from FRT.