It’s still common (even in this day and age) to have custodial personal take it upon themselves to do what they think is right. We often see this phenomena when a company goes to do a strip and finish for a new client or even an existing one. Mopping with bleach will leave the “salt” behind (typically down in the joints of the tile) waiting for it to be re-activated by a liquid.

Rinsing with water alone most often will not neutralize the bleach. It will take an additive to your rinse water like Sodium Metabisulfite. Water treatment plants employ the substance to remove trace of excessive chlorine. Sodium Metabisulfite is an effective bleach neutralizer.

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Bill Luallen

Bill Luallen is the Director of Technical Sales for XL North, a division of Textile Rubber and Chemical Company. He is the IICRC RFMT TAC vice chair and participates on many panels and boards including the CRI and the League of Hard Flooring Professionals. When Bill is not traveling to work with customers or talking on the phone, he spends all his down time with his wife Cynthia of 30 years, outside enjoying this beautiful world.

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