The walls and fixtures in your restroom may be spotless, but you'll always have a problem with bad odors if the floors aren't clean and free of bacteria. Restrooms often smell bad because of the odor-causing bacteria living on the floors. These bacteria feed on all the nasties that end up on a bathroom floor, including urine and other human waste. It's not the urine itself that smells so bad, but the by-products created by the bacteria that live on it.
Knowing which tile cleaning methods are the most effective will help your team effectively remove the odor-causing bacteria from floors and walls. Traditional cleaning methods just push the bacteria around: you need a system that gets deep into grout and removes the bacteria for good.
The Futility of Mops and Buckets
People have been cleaning restroom tiles with mops and buckets for many, many years. The problem with this method is that once the mop makes a pass over dirty or contaminated tiles, it picks up the soil and bacteria, which get rinsed off into the bucket. For the rest of the cleaning session, you're wiping a thin layer of contaminated water over the tiles, spreading the bacteria thinly over the entire surface. Instead of fixing the problem, mops actually make it worse.
Grout: An Odor's Best Friend
The grout between restroom tiles is even worse than the tiles themselves. Tiles are generally hard and impervious to moisture, leaving the soil and bacteria on the surface. Grout, on the other hand, is porous. It's like a hardened sponge, and it's difficult to get urine and bacteria out of it once they've soaked in. Unlike the smooth tiles on the rest of the floor, tile grout doesn't want to give up its bacteria collection so easily. With the odor-causing bacteria settled in for the long term, the offensive smell will hang around.
Effective Cleaning with Kaivac
The best way to really clean restroom tiles is with Kaivac's No-Touch cleaning system. With this system, a cleaning solution is sprayed onto the floor and brushed into grout between the tiles. After the cleaner soaks in, it's rinsed with fresh water in high-pressure. Finally, a strong vacuum system removes the moisture, soil, and bacteria lurking between the restroom floor tiles. Tile cleaning takes less than half the time of traditional mopping, and removes more contaminants at a lower cost. The equipment is simple to use, and your restroom will be clean and odor-free in a matter of minutes.
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