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Old 02-23-2010, 01:09 PM   #1
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I have a ceramic tile floor in my building and the maintenance people are puting down large quanities of salt to combat snow and ice. The floor has become dull and dingy looking. Mopping has little effect on appearance. Any suggestions on getting my floors together.
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:31 AM   #2
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You may have to scrub and wet vacuum it to get it back to good shape. You can also use a neutralizer for daily mopping. We use this on some floors that have large salt deposits and it works well.
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Thanks J4K, I did some more research and found out that because salt was a alkaline I could use a mild acidic solution vineagar to neutralize it from doing any further damage. It seems to have worked. I just hope the shine will come back. Maintenance has agreed to try something different in the future.
I use a neutral floor cleaner tat my company supplies and frankly it is garbage. My hands are tied when it comes to my supplies, however Iwill make the suggestion you offered,
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I don't believe the alkaline nature of the salt is doing any "damage" at all to your floor. It is simply residue. To remove the residue use an acid based cleaner like This Old Grout Easy Etch, Viper Renew, Prochem makes one also. These cleaners are buffered as to not etch the grout too much. The trick is to extract the water as opposed to mopping it up. Use a vet vac as mentioned above. With a mop you are picking some up while just redepositing the rest and when it dries, you have residue. After tou are done, go back over with an alkaline cleaner to neutralize any acid cleaner left.

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In case of salt issues ..first preference should go to clean the floor with plenty of pure water. Then after you can go for other items.
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