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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Fickle footprints

June 2, 2011
Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Our lobby has an unglazed blue ceramic tile. It has been down for about 15 years and no matter what we try to clean it with there are always foot prints left afterwards. It looks clean when wet, but as soon as it dries the footprints come back. The lobby is not heavily used, either. My employees say it has always looked that way. Could it possibly be from the walk-off mat? Would steam cleaning work, or should we try to deep scrub it?
The answer:
think you can rule out the matting, unless it is becoming tacky or disintegrating in some manner. Walking on a wet floor will often leave prints once the floor dries, so the simple solution is to not walk on the floor until after it dries.
Now, if the prints are just there and untouched by daily mopping, you have the problem of determining what they are from. Obviously, footware, but what was on the feet that left a mark that ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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