Choosing the right cleaning equipment all depends on the type of floor you have. Every type of flooring requires different care needs and equipment. Before purchasing expensive cleaning equipment, it’s important to identify the right product for your needs. In this blog post, we will look at each floor type and the best cleaning equipment and methods to use.
Cleaning Tile Floors
Tile floors are often made of various, different materials. Most commercial tile floors are made of a vinyl composition, which requires non-abrasive cleansers. Grout is an important factor to consider as high-quality tiles can handle harsh chemicals, but the grout can’t.
A common issue with grouted tile floors is that the grout is not at ground level with the tiles, and sometimes it gets missed during the cleaning process. Using a cleaning brush will help you clean the grouting area without damaging it.
Our recommendation for tile floors is to use a non-abrasive cleanser and a brush for scrubbing and deep cleansing.
Cleaning Concrete Floors
Concrete floors are very common nowadays in modern homes and commercial spaces. If you have a concrete floor, sealing it will be necessary before cleaning it to keep it from absorbing any staining liquids.
Sealing the concrete before the cleaning process also makes the latter much easier. We recommend using a manual brush, like a broom, to clean concrete floors. Alternatively, using a concrete cleaning machine will make cleaning large floors easier, as the machine is designed to clean the concrete without damaging the surface.
Cleaning Carpeted Floors
Carpeting needs to be vacuumed daily. In a commercial environment that doesn’t see a lot of foot traffic – such as an office – the floor must be vacuumed twice a week. In busier industries with a lot of foot traffic and activity – like hotels, restaurants, and hospitals – carpets must be vacuumed daily.
Regular vacuuming is necessary as it removes dust and particles that may damage the fibres in your rug. While small spots can be cleaned manually with detergent, a powerful carpet cleaner machine is necessary for large carpeted floors.
Cleaning Laminate Floors
With laminate floors, it is important to limit the amount of water and liquid cleaner. Excess liquids – even a little – will make the laminate expand, causing potential damage. We recommend cleaning spills from these types of floors immediately.
The best way to clean laminate floors is by regular sweeping and light mopping.
Cleaning Hardwood Floors
Similar to laminate flooring, using too much of any liquid-based cleansers can cause permanent damage. Wood is a porous material and will absorb liquid if too much is applied. Sweeping regularly is one the best ways to clean hardwood floors.
You can use a light cleanser designed for hardwood floors to clean spots or spills. For deep cleaning, there are solutions available that will vary on the type of wood and finish.
Commercial Floor Cleaning Machines
Commercial facilities require specific floor cleaning machines designed to clean the whole floor space. There are many options available, depending on your needs and floor type, including the Automatic Sweeper Machine. Sweepers are excellent for pulling up debris from the floor. These come in walk-behind or ride-on options.
If you need to regularly wash the floor space, an automatic scrubber is a good option. Scrubbers will deep-clean the whole floor area. Similar to the sweeper machine, the automatic scrubber comes in walk-behind or ride-on options.
When using a floor-cleaning machine, the most important factor is the type of brush you choose for the head. Brushes are made of different materials, designed specifically for the type of flooring or cleaning job. This might mean a stiffer brush for concrete floors or a scrubber brush for rougher floors.
Speak to the experts at Proquip
Choosing the right floor cleaner depends on the type of flooring you have. There are a variety of machines, tools, and chemicals on the market. Before purchasing expensive equipment, it is important to know the best cleaning methods for your type of floor.
Here at Proquip, we are the leading provider in New Zealand for commercial cleaning equipment. Contact us now and find out what we can do to make your cleaning experience easier with our high-quality commercial cleaning supplies and machines.