The majority of Forbo floor coverings have an advanced factory finish applied at the end of the manufacturing process. There is no need to attempt to remove this finish, which provides the perfect base for modern low-cost cleaning and maintenance regimes - indeed removing the often UV cured finish could be harmful to the floorcovering and reduce optimal life.
Do not apply any polish to new floors unless a high sheen or wet look has been requested. Never apply polish to anti-static, static-conductive or safety floorcoverings. In the same way a car needs petrol, oil and servicing to run smoothly, so does a floor covering need to have soiling removed and a regular yet simple programme ‘tuned’ to the performance required. Heavy traffic increased frequency, less traffic less frequency. No floor covering cleans itself after midnight no matter what you may hear.
General cleaning advice
Protect newly laid floors
All newly laid floors should be covered and protected from all other trades during the contract with a suitable non-staining protective covering. Use protective feet on chairs and tables to reduce scratching. Castor wheels should be of soft material suitable for resilient floor coverings (according to EN425)
Use Entrance Systems
As much as 80% of dirt entering a building is brought in by foot traffic. Entrance flooring systems of an appropriate size (ideally more than 6lm) and quality should be used. Forbo Coral entrance flooring systems, are independently proven to remove and retain up to 95% of all dirt and moisture entering a building by foot traffic; reducing maintenance costs and maximising appearance retention of adjacent flooring products as well as reducing slip risk. As with any dirt removal system all entrance flooring systems should be regularly cleaned to release the dirt which has been removed.
Coral entrance flooring
1. Where possible, PREVENT dirt from reaching the floorcovering: it will take less time and effort to clean.
2. Use MINIMUM MOISTURE and aim for MAXIMUM SOIL REMOVAL. Clean dry what can be cleaned dry: it is safer and more cost-effective.
3. PREVENTION is better than cure. Good initial preparation of a resilient floor will set a high standard of appearance which it will be cost-effective to maintain and which will enhance the life cycle of the product.
4. LEAVE NO RESIDUAL ALKALINITY. Many cleaning chemicals are alkaline: however, probably more cleaning problems are created by alkaline residues than by any other factor. Rinse neutralise wherever highly alkaline chemicals are used.
5. NO CONTAMINATION of equipment. Colour code mops to ensure contamination of maintenance materials does not occur.