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.

Wooden Floors

Wooden floors are a massive investment for any office. But, at the same time, they take such a beating. People basically walk all over them. It’s not surprising they don’t gleam and shine at the end of each day, once everyone has gone home. As commercial cleaners, this is always a major concern for our clients.

1 Basic Care

Dust the floor first to speed up the cleaning process - with a mop that has been treated with a dusting agent to pick up any dust, dirt, hair, or other materials that might scratch the floor surface. For weekly or two-weekly cleaning, vacuum with a floor-brush attachment to avoid scratching the finish.

Wood (even if it’s coated) soaks up water like a sponge. This can cause cracking and warping as the wet wood expands.

Make sure when you’re mopping, you wring the mop out well so it’s slightly damp. Never let water sit on the wood. Always test your floor cleaner in a hidden area if you’re unsure how delicate the coating is.

2 Deeper Cleaning

Dirt, oil and grime do eventually build up over time. A lot of this can’t be completely removed by a weekly dust mopping. To do a deeper clean, use a diluted wood-cleaning product, sink a sponge or mop in the water, then wring it to near-dry so it is only damp to the touch.

Then damp-mop the floor, being careful to prevent standing water on the floor, and rinse with a clean mop with clear water, if the cleaning product requires it. Also, wipe up any remaining standing water as this can damage wood surfaces. A fan might also speed up the drying process.

3 Removing Marks

Depending on the floor’s finish, wipe surface stains with a soft, clean cloth. Never use sandpaper, steel wool, or harsh chemicals as this can damage the finish. Deeper marks may require using a steel wool, but would be on a case-by-case basis.

4 Special Surfaces

Caution is needed when attempting to clean special hardwood floors such as bamboo, or other sensitive materials. When cleaning these surfaces first check with what products are appropriate to be used on the surface, and inspect the site to ensure the cleaning product will not damage the floor or any surrounding areas.

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