How to: Remove ice melt haze
FORT WORTH, TX — Many properties use ice melt compounds this time of year, which are minerals designed to reduce the freezing point of water, helping to keep surfaces such as sidewalks safer to walk on during cold, adverse weather, according to a press release.
However, these compounds are often tracked into buildings where they dry, leaving a white haze on interior hard surface floors, which can become very difficult to remove and, if cleaned improperly, can seriously damage the floor's appearance, the release stated.
"The first thing to do is select a specifically designed ice melt cleaner with a neutral pH," said Mike Englund, a cleaning industry trainer and product manager for Powr-Flite.
"The product's pH is critical. A cleaner with a very low or very high pH may prove ineffective or possibly damage the floor or remove the floor's finish," Englund added.
According to the release, this month's Powr-Flite Floor Care Troubleshooter suggests the following key steps in removing ice melt from hard surface floors:
- Remove all mats.
- Thoroughly sweep or vacuum the area using an advanced filtration unit; utilize all necessary vacuum attachments, such as corner and crevice tools, in order to maximize debris removal
- Dry mop the same areas with a microfiber flat mop to remove any remaining dry ice melt crystals
- Damp mop with a properly diluted, neutral pH ice melt residue remover.