Cleaning Refinished Surfaces In the COVID Era

Cleanliness and disinfecting have taken on a new meaning due to COVID. Extra attention and time will be spent by HK staff to ensure clean surfaces. The use of proper chemicals, and more importantly, cleaning methods will achieve the desired results without wasting time (repeated scrubbing or wiping of surfaces).

  • Avoid excessive scrubbing when cleaning refinished tubs/ showers or nonskid surfaces.
  • Use neutral pH detergents, disinfectants or combination products.
  • Allow those products to sit on the surface for 10 minutes before rinsing.

Information from the CDC

  • Enveloped viruses like SARS-CoV-2—which rely on a protective lipid coating—are the easiest type to deactivate.
  • A wide variety of disinfectants can disrupt lipid membranes, killing the virus they were protecting.
  • Normal routine cleaning with soap and water or detergents – removes the dirt, grime which traps germs on surfaces – lowering the risk of spreading COVID-19 infection.
  • Disinfectants sprayed onto a surface after cleaning, will kill germs further lowering  the risk of spreading infection.

We’ll review your cleaning product msds sheets & can recommend the proper cleaning chemicals for use on refinished surfaces.

Refinished Surfaces Cleaning Care

Before we begin working at your hotel, we will review the cleaning products and processes used by your HK staff. It is extremely important that neutral pH based cleaning products, that fall within a range of 7 to 8.5,  are used on refinished surfaces. High Alkaline cleaners (pH 9 to 14) or High Acid cleaners (pH 6.5 to 1) should never be used to clean refinished surfaces on a daily basis. These harsh chemicals may leave residue or a chalky buildup, and will weaken the nonskid coating if not rinsed thoroughly. More importantly, they can be harmful for your employees. The combination of improper chemicals and excessive daily scrubbing will cause the coating to fail or wear away. Never use abrasive cleaners (Soft Scrub, Ajax etc.) or abrasive pads/sponges (Magic eraser, Scotch Brite etc.)

When it comes to cleaning products on refinished surfaces – Stronger is not Always Better.  Abrasive pads should never be used on a refinished surface as they will dull the finish, wear away the nonskid coating and will void the warranty.

Examples of what not to use: