How to Clean, Strip, & Finish Floors

27 April 2022
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Keeping your floors looking like new is an easy way to ensure safety and sanitation while pleasing guests and enhancing your establishment's overall appearance. Stripping, waxing, and sealing / finishing your floors is the best way to combat scuffs, dirt, and unsightly damage. Check out this guide for more information on all three steps and the right tools to get the job done!

Tips for Effective Floor Cleaning and Maintenance

Sweeping and dusting is a highly effective way to keep your floors free of dirt and grime, but consider adding these additional steps to your routine for even more effective cleaning

  • Take care of spills and messes immediately. If left untreated, they can become a safety hazard and will be much harder to clean later.
  • Place floor mats in high traffic areas, especially spaces which see increased exposure to outdoor elements. These offer great protection to preserve your floor surfaces.
  • Using a vacuum cleaner for larger messes can be a huge time saver. With so many different options it's important that you choose the best commercial vacuum cleaner for your specific establishment.

Floor Maintenance

Each type of floor has its own guidelines on cleaning. These recommendations exist in order to not only achieve the best possible cleanliness for your floor, but to also prolong the life of the floor. Improper cleaning techniques can greatly reduce the lifespan, integrity, and overall appearance of your floor, so it is important to be informed before purchasing any cleaning chemicals and tools.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

  • Opt for a brush with soft bristles
  • Vacuum on a low or gentle setting
  • Use a microfiber dry mop head to pick up dust and dirt without risk of damage
  • Avoid using a damp or soaking mop, as excess water will damage the surface
  • Abrasive bristles on brushes or scrubbing tools will scratch and scuff the floor
  • Harsh bristles on the "beater bar" of vacuums can scratch and ruin floors

How to Clean Laminate Floors

  • Opt for a brush with soft bristles
  • Vacuum on a low or gentle setting
  • Abrasive bristles on brushes or scrubbing tools will scratch and scuff the floor

How to Clean Bamboo Floors

  • Opt for a brush with soft bristles
  • Vacuum on a low or gentle setting
  • Use a microfiber dry mop head to pick up dust and dirt without risk of damage
  • Avoid using a damp or soaking mop, as excess water will damage th
  • Abrasive bristles on brushes or scrubbing tools will scratch and scuff the floor
  • Harsh bristles on the "beater bar" of vacuums can scratch and ruin floors

How to Clean Tile Floors

  • Opt for a brush with soft bristles
  • Vacuum on a low or gentle setting
  • Abrasive bristles on brushes or scrubbing tools will scratch and scuff the floor
  • Harsh bristles on the "beater bar" of vacuums can scratch and

How to Clean Vinyl Floors

  • Opt for a brush with soft bristles
  • Vacuum on a low or gentle setting
  • Abrasive bristles on brushes or scrubbing tools will scratch and scuff the floor
  • Harsh bristles on the "beater bar" of vacuums can scratch and ruin floors

How to Clean Linoleum Floors

  • Opt for a brush with soft bristles
  • Vacuum on a low or gentle setting
  • Abrasive bristles on brushes or scrubbing tools will scratch and scuff the floor
  • Harsh bristles on the "beater bar" of vacuums can scratch and ruin floors

Floor Cleaning Chemicals

There are many different types of floor cleaning chemicals; from multi-purpose options to chemicals that are meant for specific types of flooring. While some products will work for just about any style of floor, others can do irreparable damage to certain styles. Manmadesurfaces such as laminate and vinyl tend to be a lot more resilient, while natural flooring like linoleum and hardwood require more care and caution. Because of this, it is vital to read the label for recommended use on cleaning chemicals prior to using them on your floor.

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