Cleaning and maintenance

Prevention is better than cure

14 luglio 2016

Regular maintenance and effective cleaning are crucial operations to ensure that the functional properties of a floor remain unaltered over time. In industrial plants, floorings and coatings play an active part on a daily basis in the production cycle, and for this reason they are subject to considerable stresses – bumps, loads, wear and tear and corrosion – which can cause significant (albeit localized) damage.

It is essential to act quickly to repair damages, however small, and to reinstate the integrity of the surface, thus avoiding further damage to a wider area.

In spaces that are most used for "civil" purposes (offices, changing rooms, etc.), it may be advisable to use products that combine a cleaning action with a surface-protection action, such as waxing products. To meet the requirements of a range of different environments and different uses, Recodi has developed tried-and-test procedures for the cleaning of concrete floors and resin coatings. Below you will find some introductory information on these solutions, but we will be delighted to provide you with any additional information you may require to meet your specific set of needs.

 
Concrete floors

Sweep the floor and wash it with detergent as regularly as required; simple cleaning can be carried out with motorized sweeper, whereas in larger spaces it is advisable to use a brushing machine fitted with black Scotch Brite (or red for a smooth surface) and a solution of water and neutral soap.

The detergent should be diluted as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. The use of warm water will shorten both the time required for the detergent to act and the drying time. Cleaning a concrete surface with aggressive detergents can lead to functional degradation that can only be corrected through the use of resin-based coatings. Bear in mind that synthetic detergents attack the concrete part of the wearing surface; as such, it is fundamental to take care when using them. Do not use any detergent with a pH of below 7. Avoid the use of buffering acids, even if diluted with water. The effectiveness of the cleaning operation is inversely proportional to the degree of finish of the surface. Indeed, the rougher the surface, the higher the temperature or the contact time or the concentration of the detergent has to be.

Cleaning with damp sawdust with wax in an aqueous solution offers the advantage of protecting the surface layer. In the event of frost DO NOT scatter de-icing salts on a concrete surface; use fine sand instead.

 
Resin floors

Resin-coated floors take time to become fully functional and protective. As such, it is extremely important not to subject them to the traffic of pallet trucks, the storage of materials or contact with liquids (water, alcohol, diluting acids) for a period of at least 3 months from the completion of the laying operations, maintaining a temperature of at least 20°C. For effective cleaning, it is important to identify the most appropriate system, which is constituted by the method used and the cleaning product chosen, since it is the combination of the physical/mechanical action of the machinery and the chemical/detergent action of the product that makes it possible to achieve the desired result.

Considerable attention must be focused on the type of machinery used. If the surface is smooth, it is sufficient to use a scrubber-drier or a single-disc machine equipped with a brushed with medium-hard bristles, or a disc with a low-to-medium abrasive action. If, however, the surface in question is non-slip, it is advisable to use a pressure washer with a 50-bar pressure jet at a maximum temperature of 50°C. In certain cases, it is may be effective to use a brush with medium-soft bristles to reach into the gaps.

Almost all resinous systems, if subject to high temperatures for a given period, display thermoplastic behaviour and so are subject to surface softening to one extent or another. As such, as far back as the design stage, it is important to give some thought to the type of cleaning and the temperature to which the coating will be subject. In general, resinous systems based on synthetic resins (epoxy, polyurethane, methacrylic, etc.) have surface temperature resistance of up to 50°C. Only with certain specific formulations (polyurethane/cement) does it become possible to carry out continuous-heat cleaning at around 140°C.

WE ADVISE AGAINST carrying out the heat cleaning with the addition of a chemical detergent to the water, since the detergent – even if used in low concentrations – can when heated have a highly aggressive chemical action. The basic products that are widely available on the market are generally suitable for use. For stubborn dirt, a product with an abrasive action may be used, but – particularly on coatings of limited thickness – it should not be used frequently, as this will compromise the durability of the floor.

Acid-based products with a moderate acid effect are permissible, on condition that the pH is not below 5. AVOID cleaning and/or disinfectant products containing iodine compounds, because when the react with the pigments used for the formation of the colour they can stain the coating. AVOID all products containing phosphoric acid.

 
Protecting the floor

Recocarpet is a protective carpeting solution made using a special, self-adhesive polyethylene that is resistant to solvents, and specifically to ethyl acetate. Recocarpet is easy to apply – just unroll the carpet and glue it to the floor to afford the flooring with a high level of protection. The carpet can be applied to areas of all dimensions.

Recocarpet is highly resistant to chemical agents and is recommended for protecting industrial floors against spills of coatings, resins, inks, glues and other products that are otherwise difficult to remove. It is the ideal solution for the protection of all types of floors, and is suitable for environments or zones where there is a risk of chemical spillage: areas use for printing, mixing rooms, coupling areas, etc.

Thanks to the transparency of the material used, Recocarpet does not alter the appearance of the floor. Easy to remove, it is non-skid and adheres perfect to all types of flooring.

Request more information
*
*
*
*
Privacy policy
Information under Article 13 of the Italian Decree. 196/03
This information describes, pursuant to the Legislative Decree n. 196/2003 on the protection of personal data (called "Code"), the terms and purpose of management of the data provided by the website users.
It is made in compliance with art. 13 of the Code and in consideration of the Recommendation 2/2001 on the minimum requirements for the collection of data online in the European Union, adopted on 17th May by the EC-Group for the Protection of Individuals with regard to the processing of personal data for all those who access the site. All what is carried out in this statement, except where otherwise indicated, it is made only for the site. Owners, managers and authors of the site are not liable for the content of third-party websites directly or indirectly connected to the site, even by links.

Titolare del trattamento
The Person in charge of handling the data is Recodi Tecnology srl based in via Enrico Fermi, 12 - 24050 Palosco (BG) - Italia. The process of handling the data will be performed by employees of the company or by collaborators and consultants still operating in the same, as persons in charge of the processing data. One has the right to update, modify or cancel his / her data by writing to the following email address: info@recodi.it.

Data processed and purpose of treatment
The simple consultation of the site does not constitute in itself the collection or processing of personal data, except as regards navigation data and cookies to the relevance of which please refer for privacy to the next sections. If between the data provided there were some attributable to third parties, the user shall guarantee towards Recodi Tecnology srl for his / her obtaining the consent for the collection and processing the data. As for the purpose of treatment, it is identified with the completion of the subscription phase and its subsequent execution, with the sending of messages concerning the registration and its operations and, subject to a specific user's consent, with the sending of promotional and illustrative material of the products / services and, if present, the newsletter of the site.

Processing methods
The processing will be done by tools and procedures guaranteeing the security and confidentiality of data in compliance with the law, and can be done either on or offline. Specific security measures are taken to prevent data loss, illicit or incorrect use and unauthorized access.

Agreement
Upon registration the user is asked to read the notice pursuant to the Code and to confirm the agreement to the processing of data at that time supplied, for the purpose from time to time described. This agreement and the provision of the data processed should be considered mandatory in order to refine the registration to the site and the use of services connected with the registration; on the contrary, the agreement will be optional with reference to sending promotional materials and / or information on the activities and products / services of Recodi Tecnology srl .

Scope of circulation of data
Personal data submitted by users will be processed by Recodi Tecnology srl or persons appointed by the company as managers or agents. They will also be disclosed to third parties responsible for providing services related to the activities of the site and to the execution of the contractual obligations undertaken through them; the third parties will also provide the storage of the data and their processing to allow the execution of the service to each of those entrusted. In particular, the subjects are technology and telecommunication service providers, logistics service providers, system and payment services operators.

Navigation data
The computer systems and software procedures used to operate the site acquire, during their normal operation, some data whose transmission is implicit in the communication protocols of the Internet. This information is not collected to be associated with identified users but, by their nature, could allow users to be identified through processing and association with data held by third parties. This category of data includes IP addresses or domain names of computers used to connect to the site, URI of the requested resources, the time of request, the method used to submit the request to the server, the size of the file obtained in response, the numerical code indicating the status of response from the server (successful, error, etc.) and other parameters regarding the operating system and the computer environment.
These data are not disclosed but are used only to obtain anonymous statistical information about the site and to check its correct functioning; they are kept for the time defined by applicable regulations of reference. The data could still be used to ascertain responsibility in case of computer crimes against the site.

Rights of the user
The user has the right at any time to obtain confirmation of the existence of the data and to know their content and origin, the purposes and methods of treatment and, in case of processing with electronic instruments, the logic applied to processing and has the right at any time to verify its accuracy or to request its integration, update or correction (art. 7 of the Legislative Decree. n. 196/2003). According to the same article, the user has the right to request cancellation, transformation into anonymous or block of data processed in violation of the law, and oppose for legitimate reasons to their treatment. The processing of personal data will be tight to and be governed by the Italian law (Legislative Decree. N. 196/2003). The rights of the user can be exercised by sending a written communication to Recodi Tecnology srl based in via Enrico Fermi, 12 - 24050 Palosco (BG) - Italia or by e-mailing to: info@recodi.it.

Cookies
Cookies are small files of text sent by a site to its computers, where they are stored before being re-transmitted to the same sites on the user next visit. Cookies of so-called third parties, however, are set by a different website than the one the user is visiting: on each site can be present elements such as images, maps, sounds and specific links to web pages of other domains that are hosted on different servers than the site. Cookies are used for different purposes: execution of authentication, monitoring sessions, storing of information about specific configurations about users accessing the server, storing of preferences. A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from your hard drive, transmit viruses, or capture email addresses. Each cookie is unique to the user's browser.

Gestione dei cookie tramite browserThe user can withdraw the agreement at any time, being it effective for the future, by selecting the specific parameters that allow the browser to exclude enabling the cookies. The procedures are the following:
- Internet Explorer: select Tools / Internet Options, click Privacy and choose the level of privacy you want using the cursor;
- Chrome: select Tools / Settings, click Show Advanced Settings and, in the Privacy section, click Content settings;
- Firefox: select Tools / Options and click the Privacy;
- Safari: select Settings > Safari > Block Cookies and select one of the followings: "Always Allow", "Allow only from the websites I visit", "Allow only from the current web site", "Block always".
If the user deletes or blocks a cookie may be impossible to restore any preferences or customization settings.

Session cookies
The use of so-called session cookies, which are not stored permanently on the user's computer and disappear when the browser is closed, is strictly limited to the transmission of user’s session information. They serve to enable a safe and efficient site and to make and keep the user identification during the session. In accordance with Article 122 paragraph 1 of the Code in the current formulation, following the coming into force of Legislative Decree n. 69 / 2012, these cookies can be used even in the absence of agreement.

Agreement to the use of cookies
The user agrees to the use of cookies by scrolling the page or by clicking the Close button of the banner. If the user does not agree, the third-party cookies must be deactivated, as listed below.

Third-party cookies

Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google utilizes the Data collected to track and examine the use of this site to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services.
Google may use the Data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.
Personal Data collected: Cookie and Usage data.
Place of processing: USA – Privacy Policy – Opt Out

Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting
The service is part of Google Analytics service and allows to profile users anonymously.
Personal Data collected: Cookie and Usage data.
Place of processing: USA – Privacy Policy – Opt Out

Google AdWords conversion tracking
Google AdWords conversion tracking is a statistics service provided by Google, Inc. linking the data from the network of Google AdWords with the actions within this site.
Personal Data collected: Cookie and Usage data.
Place of processing: USA – Privacy Policy

Google Maps
Google Maps è un servizio di visualizzazione di mappe gestito da Google Inc. che permette a questo sito di integrare tali contenuti all’interno delle proprie pagine.
Personal Data collected: Cookie and Usage data.
Place of processing: USA – Privacy Policy

Youtube Video
Youtube is a video content visualization service provided by Google Inc. that allows this site to incorporate content of this kind on its pages.
Personal Data collected: Cookie and Usage data.
Place of processing: USA – Privacy Policy

Vimeo Video
Vimeo is a video content visualization service provided by Vimeo, LLC that allows this site to incorporate content of this kind on its pages.
Personal Data collected: Cookie and Usage data.
Place of processing: USA – Privacy Policy

Facebook: Like button and social widgets
The Facebook Like button and social widgets are services allowing interaction with the social network Facebook, provided by Facebook, Inc.
Personal Data collected: Cookie and Usage data.
Place of processing: USA – Privacy Policy

Twitter: pulsante Tweet e widget sociali
The Tweet button and social widgets are services of Twitter to interact with the social network Twitter, provided by Twitter Inc.
Personal Data collected: Cookie and Usage data.
Place of processing: USA – Privacy Policy

Linkedin: pulsante Linkedin e widget sociali
The Linkedin button and social widgets are services allowing interaction with the social network Linkedin, provided by LinkedIn Corporation.
Personal Data collected: Cookie and Usage data.
Place of processing: USA  – Privacy Policy

Newsletter or Request information
By registering for the newsletter or requesting information, the user’s email address will be added to the contact list of those who may receive email messages containing information of commercial or promotional nature concerning this site. The user’s email address might also be added to this list as a result of signing up to this site or after making a purchase.
Personal Data collected: Name, Surname, Phone and Email.

Contact form
By filling in the contact form with his / her Data, the user authorizes this site to use the details to reply to requests for information, quotes or any other kind of request as indicated by the form’s header.
Personal Data collected: Name, Surname, Phone and Email.

Notwithstanding the above, the Holder informs that the User may use Your Online Choices (Country / Your Choices). Through this service, you can manage the tracking preferences of the most of advertising tools. The Owner, therefore, recommend using this resource in addition to the information provided in this document.
Request successfully sent!
Thanks for contacting us, a member of our team will get back to you shortly.