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    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Diluting & Using Floor Strippers

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    AA 5Lt of AP400 Instastrip will make up 20Lt of RTU solution (1:4 dilution) which will be able to strip approximately 300m2 (1Lt per 15m2) on vinyl floor. If this is on tiles the rate would drop to 200m2 (1Lt per 10m2).

    For AP404 Powerstrip, a 5Lt will make up 20Lt of RTU solution (1:4 dilution) which will be able to strip approximately 200m2 (1Lt per 10m2) of tiled (eg terrazzo) floor. If the floor is porous or textured the rate would drop to 150m2 (1Lt per 7.5m2).

    The Powerstrip can also be used at up to 1:9 dilution (5Lt makes 50Lt) if the sealer being stripped is a water based polymer.

    Remember that Powerstrip must not be used on vinyl.

    Instastrip (Vinyl)

    Dilution: 1:4
    5lt makes up: 20lt RTU Solution
    Strip Area: 300m2
    m2 per 1lt: 15m2

    Instastrip (Tile)

    Dilution: 1:4
    5lt makes up: 20lt RTU Solution
    Strip Area: 200m2
    m2 per 1lt: 10m2

    Powerstrip (Terrazzo)

    Dilution: 1:4
    5lt makes up: 20lt RTU Solution
    Strip Area: 200m2
    m2 per 1lt: 10m2

    Powerstrip (Textured)

    Dilution: 1:4
    5lt makes up: 20lt RTU Solution
    Strip Area: 150m2
    m2 per 1lt: 7.5m2

    Powerstrip (Water Based Sealers)

    Dilution: 1:9
    5lt makes up: 50lt RTU
    Strip Area: 200m2
    m2 per 1lt: 10m2

    Download this info as a handy PDF here: S&T_Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Download our Carpet Spotting Guide


    A high proportion of stains can be effectively removed using Conquer if treated early – however if you have a stain that you’re not quite sure how to treat, download our handy carpet spotting guide to work out the best treatment for your carpet stain.

    View & Download: Actichem_Carpet_Spotting_Guide

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Tips for protecting Terracotta

    Tips for protecting Terracotta

    Terracotta Sealing

    Terracotta is normally sealed using a topical sealer.

    The secret to sealer durability is to use a “base coat” sealer such as AP420 Instaseal before applying any acrylic floor finishes.

    Also it must be thoroughly stripped with Powerstrip, rinsed well and totally dry (including grout joints) before application of sealer.

    However, on terracotta and especially if it is external the AP420 Instaseal would act as your finish coat as well. So basically 4-5 coats AP420 Instaseal is what you need.

    Floor Preparation (sealer removal)

    Strip the floor area thoroughly using AP404 Powerstrip to remove all existing sealer. Rinse the floor area thoroughly with clear water at least two times.

    Allow the floor area to dry completely before application of sealer.

    Sealing Terracotta

    What we recommend for outdoor terracotta is 4-6 coats of AP420 Instaseal.

    The Instaseal provides a very tough bond to the terracotta substrate and provides a good gloss level for outdoor applications. It is also important to note that the Instaseal is completely UV stable and will provide long lasting protection. Please see information sheets.

    Instaseal Coverage

    You can expect the following coverage rates from the Instaseal. Assuming a 5 coat system.

    The quantities in brackets is the required amount for each coat for 100m2.

    • 1st coat Instaseal 1Lt / 20m2 (5Lt)
    • 2nd coat Instaseal 1Lt / 40m2 (2.5Lt)
    • 3rd coat Instaseal 1Lt / 50m2 (2Lt)
    • 4th coat Instaseal 1Lt / 50m2 (2Lt)
    • 5th coat Instaseal 1Lt / 50m2 (2Lt)

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Download our Sealer Selection Chart

    Actichem Sealer Selection

    Need help determing the best sealer to use for your construction project? View our handy chart by clicking the link below to view the best penetrating sealer for your needs organised by substrate type, oil and stain resistance, and water repellancy. Still not sure? Give one of the team a call.

    View & Download:  Actichem S&T_Sealer selection guide

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    How to effectively clean the cotton fringes and tassels

    Actichem Cleaning Oriental Rug Fringes

    The fringes should first be thoroughly cleaned with Rinse Pro (diluted 1:100) and allowed to dry until just damp. Then apply Spotaway U, comb into the fringes and allow to dry.

    You must remember that some fringes can be very fragile due to their age or environmental factors so you must be careful.

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    What is the best sealer for Limestone exterior walling?

    Limestone Exterior Walls

    When applying a penetrating sealer to Limestone exterior walling, you are first and foremost requiring water repellancy. There are good options for this in both water and solvent based options. The 4 best products for this application are:

    1. Defender CSD 50 – Provides water repellency and surface consolidation (strengthening)
    2. Defender Gold WB – Provides premium water repellency as well as a high degree of oil repellency
    3. Defender SV – Water repellent and rising damp cure (solvent based)
    4. Defender WB – Water repellent. (water based)

    What coverage would I expect to get from a penetrating sealer on a Limestone exterior wall?

    Limestone is typically very porous. However vertical surfaces tend to accept less sealer. Probably around 1Lt per 4m2 / application. If the area to be treated is large it would be wise to do a trial few square metres to better assess coverage.

    How many applications should I do of the sealer?

    Two applications is standard, but three may be required if the surface is very porous.

    How do I clean the surface of the stone before applying the sealer?

    Best results will be obtained using Tile & Grout Power (dilute 1:60). Use Chlorosan for any mould or discoloured areas which remain. Ensure that the surface is rinsed very well after cleaning. Walls should be left for 24 – 48 hours between cleaning and sealing.

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Linen Lounge Cleaning – How to clean linen upholstery

    Linen Lounge Cleaning How to clean linen upholstery.

    Linen and cotton are very susceptible to discolouration from environmental factors and browning, and even from body oils.

    The best way to achieve positive results from the project is to use the Encap Fine Fabric.

    Ensure first that the fabric is water-cleanable (in other words not dry-clean only). The Encap Fine Fabric will help reduce browning and effectively remove typical soiling. If there is still evidence of browning or yellowing – a fine mist of Brownaway, Actichem CTR , Pet & Flood or Rinse Pro (dilute 1:20) be applied over the fabric and brushed in. Allow 10 minutes dwell time and then vacuum extract only.

    Encap Fine Fabric

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Aquatic Centre Tiles – The secret to getting them clean

    Actichem Aquatic Tile Cleaning

    The soiling at aquatic centres is quite complex. Present in the soil is a significant component of body fats which requires alkalinity to remove and the other major component is calcium, magnesium and chloride ions from the water which requires an acid solution. Generally a combination of an alkaline clean followed by an acid clean is required for an effective deep clean. Depending on how busy the aquatic centre is, the proportion of body fats to mineral scale may be high and you will need to focus more on alkaline cleaning (eg busy aquatic centre) or the proportion of mineral scale may be much higher and a concentrated clean with an acid solution is required (eg hotel pool).

    It is also important to note that using an acid detergent on a regular (daily) basis is not advised as damage to the grout lines will occur. It is better to clean daily with an alkaline cleaner and then do a periodic clean (once a month) with an acid detergent. The acid clean will then remove any mineral scale which may have built up and also any detergent residue.

    Before proceeding with a major clean, it is advisable to conduct the following trials:

    Trial 1

    • Chemical Solution – Tile & Grout Cleaner LF dilute 1:5
    • Dwell time – 5 minutes
    • Cleaning Pad – System 7
    • Finish – Rinse with clean water

    Trial 2 – Part A

    • Chemical SolutionTile & Grout Power dilute 1:20
    • Dwell time – 5 minutes
    • Cleaning Pad – Medium stiff brush or blue pad (or similar)
    • Finish – Rinse with clean water & then continue with Tile & Grout Restore process

    Trial 2 – Part B

    • Chemical SolutionTile & Grout Restore dilute 1:10
    • Dwell time – 5 minutes
    • Cleaning Pad – Medium stiff brush or blue pad (or similar)
    • Finish – Rinse with clean water

    Ongoing maintenance

    It is recommended to clean several times a week with an alkaline cleaner and then once a month do a “periodic clean” with Tile & Grout Restore.

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Slippery Tiles – What makes tiles slippery & how to fix them

    There are three reasons why tiled floors get slippery.

    The best thing is to take a forensic look at the situation and decide which of these three aspects are in play and then create a solution for it.

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    1. Tile surface

    Some tiles are simply too smooth for the application. There is limited opportunities for resolution on this one.

    2. Detergent residue

    Detergent residue occurs extremely often. Sometimes it can be quite “invisible”, other times it displays itself as “greying” often on low corners or edges of tiles. Auto scrubber tyre tracks on tiles are also an indication. Mostly it is alkaline residue from frequent maintenance cleaning regimes. However, chemical residue can also be acidic if an acid cleaner has been frequently used.

    3. Fatty acids, oils, grease

    This is also a prime cause of slippery tiles and is mostly found in commercial kitchens and sports change rooms. It is caused by incorrect cleaning products or methods being used. Sometimes the chemical makes it worse in that it partially emulsifies the fatty acids and creates a sticky surface which attracts more soiling but becomes like an ice rink when wet.

    The best way to test is to clean two separate tiles

    Clean one tile with Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro (alkaline) at 1:10 and the other with Tile & Grout Restore (acidic) at 1:10 and scrub briefly with two white pads. Rinse well. Assess which tile responds best to the treatment. If the Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro worked best, then fatty acids and oil is likely the issue. If Tile & Grout Restore worked best then detergent residue is likely the issue.

    In conclusion

    It is important to get down to the base tile. And using the Tile & Grout Restore and Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro as mentioned above, is the best way to do it. However, on a deep clean like this you must rinse thoroughly with clean water to ensure no residues remain.

    Following the deep-clean, the tiles should then be maintained with Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro (or LF) at 1:100. If stronger dilutions are used then a separate clean water rinse must be done.

    Once a month switch to Tile & Grout Restore at 1:100. This will remove any detergent residue build-up and any water salts build-up.


    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    The secret behind soda’s bite?

    By: Melissa Pandika 22.08.13

    What gives carbonated drinks their zesty bite? Bubbles might be your first guess — but you’d be wrong.

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    In fact, bubbles aren’t needed to experience the burning sensation, but they do enhance it, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One. The secret behind soda’s sharp taste is the acid that forms on your tongue when you take a sip.

    Carbonated beverages are produced by dissolving carbon dioxide in liquid, typically under high pressure. Popping open a can or bottle of the liquid reduces that pressure, releasing the carbon dioxide in the form of bubbles. Enzymes in the mouth convert the carbon dioxide into carbonic acid. The acid stimulates nerve endings, activating pain mechanisms that cause a mild irritation, or “bite.”

    The earliest clues that carbonic acid, not bubbles, were responsible for this sensation came from mountaineers’ accounts of the “champagne blues.” After pouring a bottle of celebratory champagne at the summit, mountaineers who had taken medication for altitude sickness disappointedly remarked on the drink’s flat taste — despite its fizziness. It turns out the medication blocked the enzyme that converts carbon dioxide into carbonic acid.

    Still, popular belief continued to hold that the bubbles were primarily responsible. To settle the debate, scientists at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia took advantage of the inability of bubbles to form above a certain pressure level.

    The researchers seated 12 healthy adults in a pressurized chamber and asked them to rate the bite intensity of carbonated water once while under normal pressure — at which bubbles could still form — and a second time at higher pressure — at which bubbles didn’t form. They saw no difference in the bite ratings reported in the two conditions.

    “Clearly, the bubbles are not required for the perception of carbonation bite,” the researchers wrote.

    But the bubbles may have still influenced that perception. Earlier studies have shown that light touch can soothe pain — much like how rubbing a mosquito bite can relieve itching — so the researchers expected the bubbles to suppress the sting of carbonation.

    To test their hypothesis, they asked 11 adults to rate the bite intensity of carbonated water when a filter pumped bubbles just below their tongues and again when another filter pumped the bubbles from further away.

    To the scientists’ surprise, the volunteers rated the bite as stronger when the bubbles were directly hitting their tongues — suggesting that bubbles enhance the bite of carbonated drinks.

    But how the bubbles do this remains a mystery. Perhaps they “stir” the liquid in the mouth, continually drawing in fresh carbon dioxide to convert into carbonic acid, said Paul Wise, a sensory psychologist who led the study.

    “If the bubbles are increasing pain, why do people like carbonated drinks so much?” said Earl Carstens, a neurobiologist at UC Davis who wasn’t involved in the study. “It’s a really interesting question that relates to the entire food industry,” including spicy foods, which have become increasingly popular in the U.S. over the last decade.

    However, it’s also possible that sugar or some other ingredient in carbonated drinks may be suppressing their bite, he said.
    The new findings could “open up opportunities” for food and beverage companies to manipulate their products for people who have a reduced sense of taste, such as HIV patients and the elderly, Wise said. “Maybe you could make up for that [loss] by enhancing some of the other components,” such as smell and color, he said.

    Companies could also improve the flavor of vital nutrient sources, such as potassium chloride, a substitute for table salt that many complain of having a metallic taste, he added.

    “Flavor is a complex interaction between taste, smell, touch, pain, sound and visual aspects,” Wise said. “If we can understand how those interact, we can tweak some of them to create a more desirable flavor profile.”

    This article was first published on the LA Times.