Properties and cleanability of new and traditional agricultural surface materials

J. Määttä, H.-R. Kymäläinen, M. Puumala, Riitta Mahlberg, Risto Kuisma, Liisa Salparanta, Mia Löija, A. Talibachew, K.-R. Hurme, A. Uusi-Rauva, Anne Ritschkoff, Anna-Maija Sjöberg

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The aim of the study was to evaluate new and traditional surface materials for use in cattle barn. On the basis of the radiochemical determination methods for cleanability, coatings improved the cleanability of concrete. An epoxy joint material was cleaned efficiently from the oil model soil and from the labelled feed soil when compared to the two cement-based joint materials. According to the results of the biochemical ATP method, the manure test soil was cleaned better from a concrete including inorganic sealant than from the other materials examined. The cleanability results of oil model soil used in the radiochemical method correlated with the results of the test feed soil in the biochemical ATP method. Both determination methods of cleanability appeared to be suitable for examining the cleanability of surfaces soiled with agricultural soils. Only the radiochemical determination gives detailed quantitative results, but it can be used only in laboratory studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-226
Number of pages17
JournalAgricultural and Food Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • cleanability
  • animal house
  • flooring
  • radiochemistry
  • gammaspectrometry
  • ATP
  • SEM
  • contact angle

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