Those environmentally friendly surfactant type cleaners can be less than friendly to your floors.
Surfactants leave residue on surfaces. How much, depends on how much was in the cleaner, to begin with — more does not equal better here. If you’re not using dilution control for your cleaning products, that’s probably why your bus floors are sticky. There are some cleaning chemistries that leave more residue than others, for example, a quaternary disinfectant used for bio-hazards has incredibly sticky chemistry. These floors can turn black quickly!
Residue build-up can cause other problems. That sticky film on surfaces is the perfect place for biofilm to grow. According to the CDC, bio-film happens when bacteria sticks together on a surface.
Residue also causes odors to linger. If what’s causing the odor is embedded deep in a sticky film, you better believe it’s going to keep coming back.
ProFusion Industries offers its congratulations to Thomas Built Buses on their having delivered the 75,000th C2 school bus. The employees of ProFusion Industries are proud to have manufactured the flooring installed in every C2. ProFusion Industries is the leading North American manufacturer of bus flooring and entry step treads.
Are you seeing this in the step wells of school buses and commercial shuttle buses? Why is it happening?
In the field of material science this is an example of the brittle failure of a material. These are molded rubber parts that have been attached to a metal backing and installed as the wear surface on a step in a school bus.
Step treads should never fail in this way. Material placed in demanding service like this should be compounded to have physical properties that make this type of failure impossible.
What can you do to have greater assurance that step treads last the life of the bus?
An extended warranty against brittle failure would be one way.
We’d like to know what you think of this idea, and would an extended warranty against brittle failure be a factor in the step treads you specify for new buses. And, what do you think the length of the extended warranty against brittle failure should be?
Please share your thoughts below and send your brittle failure photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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