FeRFA Guide To Cleaning Resin Floors
A variety of different types of synthetic resin systems are available which can form the binder of a flooring system. These include typically epoxy, polyurethane and methacrylate resins.
Resin flooring systems are used in a wide variety of situations, for each particular situation there is an optimal specification which takes into account the required performance parameters.
The new BS 8204-6 (following the FeRFA Guide) states in section 4.2 that:
“It is essential that, in the design and construction stages, there should be full consultation with the end user and contractor and manufacturer of the synthetic resin flooring to ensure that the product to be selected is entirely suited for the conditions both during application and in subsequent service”. (refer to FeRFA Selection Guide for Synthetic Resin Flooring).
Resin floors are tough resilient systems, however, for the performance characteristics of the floor to be maintained, an appropriate cleaning regime should be agreed in advance.
The cleaning regime will itself be determined by a number of factors; the type of resin flooring installed, the type and frequency of traffic, the degree and type of soiling and specific hygiene requirements.
Floor cleaning can be thought of as having two components, a mechanical component and chemical component, these two components should work together to mutual advantage.
The mechanical component – energy – may be applied to the floor by hand with a scrubbing motion. Usually the input is by mechanical agitation, a floor scrubber. High energy inputs may also be achieved by using high pressure washers, hot water washers and steam cleaners.
The chemical component, cleaning solution, will dissolve or emulsify the type of soil or contamination present. Once this has taken place the removal of the dirty water and rinsing of the floor are key to successful cleaning. It is important that clean water is used for rinsing.
Resin flooring will not be affected by most generally available special purpose cleaning materials, when these are used in accordance with the Chemical Cleaning Manufacturers’ instructions and the floor rinsed properly with clean water. Specific cleaning instructions should also be sought from the resin flooring manufacturer.
A small spot test in an inconspicuous area is a worthwhile precaution before applying any new cleaning product.
The cleaning regime should specify the type of equipment to be used, the type of cleaning chemicals to be used and the frequency of the cleaning.
Each cleaning regime will be specific for a particular set of conditions. Should any of the factors vary e.g. the type of soiling, then a change in the cleaning chemicals may be required. In order that the floor continues to provide the intended performance and meets the hygiene requirements, then it is essential that the user implements the appropriate cleaning regime.
Source from FeRFA, the UK Resin Flooring Association