One of the most critical requirements in maintaining good traction on tiles is keeping them clean! Why invest in a professional treatment if you don't look after it? Here we show where you start and where you end up if you neglect good housekeeping.
Figure 1 is a brand new unglazed quarry tile as seen by the human eye. These tiles are typically used in commercial kitchens as they are relatively easy to maintain and provide a reasonably high level of traction or COF (Coefficient of Friction)
Figure 2 is the same brand new unglazed quarry tile magniﬁed with an electron microscope to 450X. This tile has a high coefﬁcient of friction.
Figure 3 with build-up of polymerized (hardened) fats, oils, and other soil loads, magniﬁed 450X. This tile has a dramatically reduced coefﬁcient of friction, and will definitely fall into the slippery tiles category.
These Electron Microscope images were taken to show the microscopic surface roughness, peaks, valleys, and pores of new unglazed quarry tiles. These irregular surface areas, Figure 2, impact the ﬂoor substrate traction, coefﬁcient of friction, cleanliness and hygiene.
With inadequate extraction of contaminates the ﬂoor surfaces, as shown in Figure 3, become clogged and polymerized with hardened mineral deposits, dirt, grease, and other soils.
Breaking down these daily build ups and maintaining the profile condition with a good Enzyme based cleaner then vacuum extraction remains the best system. A good, consistent cleaning regime will maintain the surface integrity and SCOF as well as a hygienically clean kitchen.