Cleaning Painted Walls vs. Tiled Restroom Walls
The dirtiest parts of a public restroom are typically the floors and fixtures, but the walls need to be cleaned on a regular basis, as well. The best technique to use to clean the walls is dependent upon their finish. You must use a different process when you're cleaning painted walls than you use when you're cleaning waterproof tiles. You can avoid water damage to your walls by using the right technique and teaching your staff to do the same.
Cleaning Tiled Walls
You can use the same process to clean tiled restroom walls that you use to clean tile floors. Since the smooth tiles are surrounded by waterproof grout, they can withstand large amounts of moisture. You can use traditional cleaning tools like rags and buckets to clean tiled walls, but this is not a particularly effective system. Newer cleaning technology, like Kaivac's OmniFlex Spray-and-Vac system, can clean tiled walls more thoroughly in a fraction of the time. With these systems, an environmentally sound cleaning solution is sprayed onto the walls. The solution sits for a few moments to loosen the soil. After that, workers use a high-pressure fresh water spray to rinse down the walls. This process removes any soil and bacteria. You can then use the specialized vacuum to remove all of the moisture on the floor, which will leave the entire room clean and dry within a few minutes.
Cleaning Painted Walls
The endurance of paint on restroom walls depends entirely on what the original owners planned when designing the space. Most latex paints can be scrubbed, and many advertise their superior staying power. But unless you painted the walls yourself, you probably don't know what kind of paint is in your restroom. You'll have to do a bit of detective work to determine the right cleaning practice. Before you begin cleaning painted walls, you should test a spot with a soft cloth in a dark color, such as Kaivac's SmartTowel, so that any paint that's removed will show up on its surface. Start by wetting the cloth with water and rubbing it on the wall in an inconspicuous spot, such as under the sink or behind the toilet. Then look at the towel to see if any paint has been removed. If the towel is clean, repeat this spot test process with your usual cleaning solution. If the walls pass both tests, you can use the cleaning solution and SmartTowel to clean your painted walls without ruining the surface. You should rub the walls for the least amount of time possible.
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