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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Restroom floor finish

April 8, 2009
Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Is it wise to use sealer or finish on restroom floors?
The answer:
Sealing of cement based grout lines (not glazed tiles) with a penetrating or impregnating sealer is recommended to prevent the penetration of urine, moisture and soil into the porous material and subsequent bacterial growth, odor and discoloration. This assumes a good, non-slip ceramic tile is in place, as is most appropriate for rest rooms and ease of cleaning.
If you are faced with resilient tile rest room floors, as most of us are, you will find it advantageous to seal and coat the tiles with a quality finish. This will make the floors ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com
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