Cleaning and Maintenance

All GranitiFiandre materials are easy to clean and maintain. Regular cleaning highlights the aesthetic features of the material and gives the floor an exceptional shine.

Initial cleaning
The initial cleaning done immediately after the flooring laid is of essential importance for removing all mortar, adhesives and epoxy residues that may be left in the joints. In this initial phase, we recommend that you use an acid decalcifying product. Rub energetically to obtain the maximum cleaning. After washing the floor, which is just as important, rinse thoroughly with plenty of water to remove all traces of the detergent used.
These steps are recommended for all GranitiFiandre collections.

Maintenance and care
Thanks to the characteristics of the production process (high firing temperature, raw materials of great quality, sinterizing process), the surface of Fiandre material is waterproof (the water absorption is minimum). Therefore the dirt cannot penetrate but it is necessary to remove it from the surface.
For this procedure do not use detergents containing waxes or waxing products, in order to avoid the forming of greasy layers.
After the installation of floors, particularly of those made with polished materials, the surfaces should be adequately protected with particle board or other suitable materials in order to protect them from dirt and on-site processing. This prevents damage caused by subsequent processing.
Any detergent on the market can be used in the desired concentration for cleaning the high technology sinterized Fiandre products, with the exception of HYDROFLUORIC acid (HF) or its compounds, according to UNI-EN 176 standards. In order to keep costs limited and speed up maintenance operations, the concentration of the detergent must always be as low as possible.
For raised floos we suggest to choose bright or polished surfaces in large sizes: these materials can be dry cleaned or withthe minimum use of liquids. After the floor is laid it is necessary to make a very accurate initial cleaning with proper products.

The detergents are essential when laying new materials on old floors and for preparing the support surface perfectly as well as after installation to remove all traces of cement, adhesive or sealant from the newly laid materials.

General recommendations
For commercial and heavily used surface areas such as airports, hospitals, supermarkets, and any public spaces with heavy foottraffic which are thus subject to considerable soiling, it is necessary to use automatic cleaning machines with suction of the washing liquids. This allows not only deep cleaning, but also the continuous removal of liquids containing substances that cause soiling, thus preventing the formation of films which are very difficult to remove.

Matt materials
For these materials, after completing the steps described in the section “Initial Cleaning”, you only need to clean the floor with hot water containing small quantities of an alkaline detergent. On these types of surface it is not advisable to apply a waterproofing product: the absence of porosity causes the waterproofing agent to deposit on the surface in an uneven way and to have unpleasant aesthetic effects.

Relief materials
The procedure described for matt and bright materials is also valid for products with relief surface with the following additions:
- when cleaning, follow the outline of the relief pattern;
- rub aggressively using appropriate bristles;
- rinse abundantly and thoroughly.