Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: At one of our locations, the stairwell has 4X4 glazed red quarry tile. The tile has been impregnated with a (for lack of another word) grit. This grit makes cleaning the stairs almost impossible. You can sweep them easily, but if you try to mop them, cotton fibers are left behind. I have tried a finish mop, but you can''t move it around. We have a small scrubber made for stairs and I cut down a red pad to fit, but it leaves red fiber all over. There must be an easy solution I just can''t see.
Tiles with embedded grit are marketed for use in areas where slippery surfaces cause safety concerns.
The good news is that use over a period of time will "dull" the grit a bit and lessen the mop damage. In the meantime, there are mopheads made from material similiar ... — Lynn Krafft ICAN/ATEX editor