Not all floors are created equal

All floors are different, and sometimes even using standard cleaners can cause problems. Some gentle cleaners won’t do a good enough job, but you don’t want to ruin a beautiful polished floor with something too harsh.

We’ve put together some basic information below that cover a few common problems and common chemical types to help you choose what’s best for you.

Click on your floor type below to go to the relevant page.

Neutral Floor Cleaners

These are just mild detergents with a few activating agents, and usually aren’t acidic or basic. A lot of “General Purpose Floor Cleaners” fall into this section, and a lot will specify that they’re neutral.

These are very gentle on most surfaces. This is handy if you’re working with sealed floors that you don’t want to damage, like polished concrete, tiles or polished wood. Especially if you aren’t sure what they’re sealed with. It’s basically a safe option for any situation.

While they’re neutral and safe, they’ll do a pretty good job removing dirt, oil, grime and other material without rinsing. Regardless, don’t use too much, or you start having problems like:

  • Slippery floors
  • Sticky floors
  • Hazy white marks (especially on tiles)

If you do run into these problems, start using a more dilute solution and mop with water every few days until the floor is back to normal. If this doesn’t fix things, you might need to try a different cleaning chemical.

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