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03 December 2012

Housekeeping and Hygiene: Keep your floors neat, clean and dry with Super Absorbent PVA Mops


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India is situated in the tropical zone. Therefore the floors in the houses, offices and factories in this country are made of cement, marble tiles or ceramic tiles. In fact tiled floors are more appropriate in the ever-changing hot, cold and humid climates in the tropical countries like India. 

The residential houses in the countries situated in temperate zones are provided with carpeted and wooden floorings suitable for subzero temperature. The bathrooms in the US are also typically designed with separate shower-chambers and bathtubs, leaving the rest of the floor neat, clean and dry. 

In India also the upper-class and upper-middle-class houses are equipped with such type of bathrooms. Nevertheless, most of the Indian bathrooms and restrooms are susceptible to spilling of water all over the main floor. In fact the Indian bathrooms are quite small with an area of more or less 6’x6’.  The main floor of the bathrooms is usually flooded with bathing water after each use.   Therefore, it is essential for the user to wipe the floor immediately after its use for keeping the bathrooms neat, clean and dry. 

The conventional way of keeping our bathrooms clean and dry is wiping the floor with the help of wipers. In spite of the above practice, the floor remains considerably wet that takes quite some time for drying up. In summers such bathrooms take at about half-an-hour to dry up, whereas, in rainy seasons drying up of bathrooms may even take 4 to 6 hours.

This problem can be solved by mopping the floor with the help of PVA Mops that are available in the market. These mops are made of super absorbent sponge that can absorb 12 times of its dried mass. We may mop our floors with the help of Super Absorbent PVA Mops after the floor is wiped with the help of a wiper. With this additional application of mop the floor of our bathrooms will dry up instantly and make it ready for reuse. 

What is PVA...?

PVA stands for Polyvinyl Alcohol. PVA is a synthetic sponge composed of Polyvinyl Alcohol. It possesses a 'three dimensional open cell structure' similar to that of the natural sea sponge. Its physical structure is that all of its cells are interconnected and not independent. 

PVA sponge is capable of absorbing water up to 12 times of its dry weight. Initially PVA is a hard substance but when saturated with water, it becomes flexible and soft like natural sea sponge. PVA exhibits mechanical strength and abrasion equal to or greater than any other synthetic sponge. Pore size and shape of PVA can vary to meet different specified applications. Wet PVA sponge will withstand temperatures upto 90 degrees C without any deformation of the PVA material.

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