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Tuesday's Ask the Experts: Cleaning procedures

September 28, 2010
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Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: There is a problem in one of the school district''s kitchens where food is prepared. It appears that grease and other soils are embedded in the quarry tile and grout. What chemicals and or process should I use to clean the floor?
The answer:
Althougth grease can build up on quarry tile and grout. Quarry tile normally has a low absorption rate, meaning that it doesn’t readily let substances penetrate into the surface. It should not prove too difficult to remove grease from the surface of the tile.
Ask your sanitary supply house for a degreaser, mix with warm or hot water according to directions, and allow the solution to dwell on the tile while you agitate the surface with a deck scrub brush for five to ten minutes to penetrate and loosen the build-up. Pick up the slurry with a wet vac and ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
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