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The Life Floor cleaning process has three easy steps:
Applying the Cleaners
Apply the cleaner with a mop, pump-up sprayer, or spray-foamer (except for Mineral Deposit Remover, which should not be sprayed). If you are using an auto scrubber, make the first pass with the vacuum turned off. After applying the cleaner, let the cleaner sit for 2-10 minutes on the surface. Do not allow the cleaner to dry; mist with water if cleaner does start to dry.
Agitating the Cleaners
After the cleaner has had time to break down and loosen any dirt and oils, scrub or pressure wash the floor. Use either manual brushes or powered brushes in a floor machine. Use caution when using powered brushes of any type. Life Floor may be damaged if brushes are too stiff or if the floor is dry.
Recovering the Cleaners
Begin recovery immediately after agitating the cleaners. A wet vacuum is the most effective recovery method, as vacuuming will also pull dirt and water from between the tiles. If you do not have access to a wet vacuum, use a hose to rinse the area and a foam blade squeegee to push dirty water into a nearby drain. We do not recommend the use of a mop to recover a floor as this is the least effective method of recovery.
You will know the recovery phase is complete when you apply fresh water to the tiles and no foam appears. If foam continues to appear, repeat the rinse and recovery process as needed. Cleaners left on the tile may affect the tile's performance.
Life Floor Cleaners
We offer a full line of cleaning supplies that are designed specifically for Life Floor tiles, including:
Multi-purpose cleaner removes dirt, grime and all types of organic matter.
Removes oil and grease stains from food, feet and sunscreen.
Mineral Deposit Remover
Effectively removes calcium, rust stains, lime, magnesium, and aluminum oxide.
Recommended Cleaning Schedule
More frequent cleaning may be required based on traffic and use
Week 1: Degreaser Cleaner
Week 2: Degreaser Cleaner
Week 3: Peroxide Cleaner*
Week 4: Degreaser Cleaner
Week 5: Degreaser Cleaner
Week 6: Peroxide Cleaner
Week 7: Degreaser Cleaner
Week 8: Degreaser Cleaner
Week 9: Mineral Deposit Remover*
( Repeat )
*We also recommend using Peroxide Cleaner in bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms once per week.
*Use Mineral Deposit Remover wherever deposits can be seen on the tile.
Using The Mineral Deposit Remover
Life Floor’s Mineral Deposit Remover (MDR) is specially formulated to remove the unsightly white residue that can form around puddles and in butt joints on a pool deck. Unlike the other Life Floor cleaners, which are typically applied over a wide area or entire pool deck at the same time on a consistent schedule, the MDR is a spot cleaner that we recommend using when it is needed.
When using the MDR, prepare a solution of equal parts cleaner and water in a squeeze bottle something that looks like this though it need not be that specific bottle. Do not use any type of mister, pump sprayer, or any other tool that will aerosolize the cleaning solution. Apply the cleaning solution on the affected area and begin agitating immediately with a deck brush to help separate the deposits from the tiles. Do not allow the cleaner to dry on the floor. Rinse the area thoroughly and begin recovery.
A wet vacuum is the most effective recovery method, as vacuuming will also pull dirt and water from between the tiles. If you do not have access to a wet vacuum, use a hose to rinse the area and a foam blade squeegee to push dirty water into a nearby drain. We do not recommend the use of a mop for recovery, as this is the least effective method.
We recommend you follow up any MDR treatment with a normal degreaser cleaning to remove any lingering films or residue.
How often do I need to clean Life Floor?
If an area is exposed to shoe traffic, Life Floor should be cleaned on a weekly basis. If an area has only barefoot traffic (splash pads, spray parks) we recommend cleaning Life Floor on an as-needed basis. Areas with constant water flow will require less cleaning. We generally recommend using Mineral Deposit Remover once per season. In some cases, excessive use of aerosol sunscreen may need to be removed with Degreaser Cleaner on a weekly basis.
How do I clean in between the tiles?
We recommend using our Easy Maintenance Cleaners and following the three step cleaning process of Apply-Agitate-Recover. Cleaning between the tiles is best accomplished with a pressure washer and wet vacuum.
What is the white film on the tiles and how do I clean it?
Mineral deposits can appear as a white film or even a crusty yellow coating. If mineral deposits are identified and addressed early, they are easily removed with the Mineral Deposit Remover. Follow the Apply-Agitate-Recover process to remove deposits.
Can Life Floor be permanently stained?
To date, we have not found a chemical that permanently stains Life Floor. However, Life Floor may become discolored if extremely harsh chemicals such as muriatic acid are allowed to sit on the tile for an extended period of time.
Are there any chemicals I should avoid using on Life Floor?
Avoid chemicals such as paint, trichloroethylene, and muriatic acid. While Life Floor is chemical resistant, these chemicals may attack the adhesive beneath the tiles. All solvents, including mineral spirits and gasoline, can dissolve contact cement.
If you must use solvents to remove stains, avoid flooding butt joints. Should solvents soak into the butt joints, clean the area with our Degreaser Cleaner and use vacuum recovery.
How do I remove gum from Life Floor?
First apply ice to harden the gum. Once the gum is hard, carefully lift it away with a putty knife or similar scraper. Use caution, as Life Floor can be damaged by aggressive scraping. Any remaining gum residue can be removed by applying WD-40 with a rag.
Sunscreen seems to be particularly hard to remove. Do you have any recommendations?
Modern sunscreen, especially when aerosolized, is designed to adhere to whatever surface it touches once it leaves its container, so it can certainly be challenging to clean. While we recommend using our Degreaser Cleaner once a week, during high-traffic seasons and particularly in areas where sunscreen is applied, we recommend a deep clean every other week. Ideally this will be performed with a powered scrubber and a bottle of Degreaser Cleaner that has been modified to dispense solution at a 6:1 ratio with the Foamer Filler. If you're using an autoscrubber, leaving the vacuum feature off and making multiple passes before recovering the cleaner will raise the likelihood of a thorough cleaning.
How do I modify the cleaner bottles to increase the cleaner concentration?
Without any modification, the Degreaser Cleaner and Peroxide Cleaner bottles will dispense cleaning solution at a 40:1 ratio when used with the Foamer Filler. (40 parts water to 1 part cleaner) To modify the ratio (or concentration) of the cleaning solution, remove the lid and carefully pry out the teal interior regulator assembly with a flat screwdriver. Remove the clear plastic straw to reveal a small teal meter at the bottom of the interior regulator. Removal this teal meter to increase the cleaner concentration to a 6:1 ratio. Replace the straw and interior regulator, attach the Foamer Filler and clean as usual. Please note the cleaner will be consumed about 6.6 times faster. Retain the meter for re installation if desired.
A large area of my deck needs to be cleaned with Mineral Deposit Remover. How do you recommend cleaning it?
The process for cleaning a large area using the Mineral Deposit Remover is similar to the one outlined here. We still recommend doing smaller areas at a time to avoid the cleaner drying on the surface, but you can certainly mix a larger amount of the solution -- with the same 1:1 cleaner-to-water ratio -- in a mop bucket or similar. One thing to be particularly aware of in larger spaces is to use clean tools during recovery so as not to put back onto the floor what you were trying to clean off.
I have a stubborn mineral deposit on my floor. How do I remove it?
You can increase the concentration of Mineral Deposit Remover to 100 percent, then agitate with a deck brush as per the normal MDR routine. If it still doesn't come up, you may need to use a grout brush with plastic bristles to loosen the stuck-on deposit. If you use a brush with hard bristles, be careful not to dig into the tile itself as this can damage the tile.
I have an area of my floor that seems dirty, but I’m not sure what’s on it. How do I decide which cleaner to use?
If you see an area you think may be a mineral build up, put a few drops of Mineral Deposit Remover on the area. If it begins to fizz and foam, prepare to clean the area using the MDR; if it does not react at all, then test out the degreaser and peroxide in the same way to see which cleaning solution is best suited for cleaning the area, but note that Degreaser Cleaner does not react by fizzing and foaming; It will simple remove the dirt if it works. Keep in mind that you may have more than one type of dirt on the floor which may require using more than one type of cleaner.