Description: Ocean liner “Queen Mary 2” food serving area deep cleaning, sanitising and sealing

Location: Vessel Queen Mary 2

Surface: 1,000 m2 textured ceramic tiles
Area: Food serving area

Cleaning the textured floor on the food serving area of a cruise ship is a crucial task that ensures both hygiene and safety for passengers and crew members. The process involves several steps to effectively remove ingrained grease, food dirt, and any other contaminants that could pose a trip hazard.

1. **Preparation:** Before commencing the cleaning process, it’s essential to prepare the area by removing any furniture, equipment, or obstacles that might hinder thorough cleaning. This includes tables, chairs, buffets, and any other movable items.

2. **Pre-cleaning:** To tackle the stubborn grease and food dirt, apply a degreaser or heavy-duty cleaner specifically designed for textured surfaces. Allow the cleaner to dwell for the recommended time, typically around 30 minutes, to penetrate and break down the grime.

3. **Agitation:** Using a stiff-bristled brush or a scrubber, agitate the floor vigorously to loosen the dirt and grease that have been softened by the pre-cleaning agent. Pay particular attention to areas with heavy foot traffic, such as around food stations and buffet lines.

4. **Rinsing:** Rinse the floor thoroughly with clean water to remove all traces of the cleaning solution and loosened dirt. Use a mop or a wet-dry vacuum to ensure no residue remains.

5. **Deep cleaning:** For textured floors that require a deeper level of cleaning, consider using a floor scrubber or rotary machine. These machines can effectively remove stubborn dirt and grime from the grooves and crevices of the textured surface.

6. **Sanitising and sealing:** Once the floor is clean and free of debris, sanitise and sealant it using a disinfectant solution approved for use in food service areas. This will eliminate any remaining bacteria or pathogens that could pose a health risk and easier to clean and maintain ( prevent dirt build up).

7. **Drying:** Allow the floor to dry completely before replacing any furniture or equipment. This will prevent moisture from accumulating and creating a slip hazard.

8. **Inspection:** After the cleaning process is complete, inspect the floor carefully to ensure that it is clean, free of dirt and grease, and safe for foot traffic.