How do I clean the dirt from my floors?


Flooring has changed considerably over the past hundred years, and as the materials we use become more diverse and sophisticated, so too must our procedures for cleaning them. Our choice of flooring has become more than a mere necessity, we must consider the practicality, safety, hygiene and style of flooring, certain types of flooring are a legal requirements in specialist areas whilst others convey standards and professionalism.

Two of the most common and easy to maintain flooring types found in the workplace and the home are laminate and wood flooring, these floors are easy to sweep, mop and scrub and if consistently maintained with the correct products can look as good as new for many years.

Professional Tip from Grip Hygiene Supplies: For maintaining shiny wooden or laminated floors you must always be mindful of the condition of the polish layer. A high solids floor polish should be applied as often as is required for the type of environment and the footfall of the area.

 This post is concerned with only the cleaning and maintaining of the floor after the stripping and subsequent application of polish and assumes that a high quality polish is applied as frequently as is necessary (approximately 12 times a year in medium footfall areas)

 

How to Clean Hardwood Floors and Laminated Floors-

1). Firstly, although many laminate and treated wooden floors are fairly scratch resistant, it is important to regularly ensure that any dust and excess dirt is removed to prevent a build-up of grime deposits that if present when scrubbed can scratch the laminated layer and reduce the glossiness of the surface. This can be done with a microfibre flat mop, dust beater or a simple sweeping brush with soft bristles.

Dust beater Complete

 

2). Apply a high quality floor cleaner/maintainer solution such as Grip 110 with either a trigger spray or damp mop and allow to dry. Floor maintainers contain a polymer wax that when buffed revitalize the surface shine created from floor polish, allowing you longer periods between the stripping and reapplication of polish. Once the maintainer is dry, buff the floor back to a high gloss finish with a floor polishing machine and soft white pad.

  • If you have a particular problem with scuff or rubber marks of your laminate floor you could try applying cleaning chemical with a high pH (high alkalinity) and scrubbing the affected area. If you don't have an alkaline cleaner to hand  you could also use something like baking powder, alternatively you could also use a solvent cleaner.
  • Another great method for adding shine to a laminate floor following cleaning and drying is to spray with glass cleaner and mop dry with a microfibre flat mop or hand dry with microfibre cloth or soft paper. This will create a brilliant streak free shine.Grip 110 Floor Cleaner Maintainer

 

Decent floors are an expensive investment, be mindful of the type of floor you are cleaning and surface layer or varnish used to seal it. At Grip Hygiene Supplies we have multiple wood and laminate floor cleaning products, each designed specifically for a different type of floor. If you are uncertain about which products or the process you should undertake to clean your floor, send us an email or see our contact us  page and we will offer an effective solution to your problem. From surface cleaners, strippers to floor restoration products, our products make cleaning and maintaining wood and laminate floors simple.  When setting out to battle with that age old enemy – dirt – come prepared. With Grip Hygiene cleaning products, you can solve any of your cleaning or hygiene problems