Floor Care Guide: How To Clean A Floor
The Basics Of Floor Cleaning
Taking good care of carpets and floor coverings is essential in any type of workplace, but if standards have been allowed to slip, it can be difficult to know where to start to get things back on track.
Maintaining floor surfaces generally makes them safer because a wet or dirty floor will often lose a lot of its slip resistance. Plus, a clean floor is far more attractive looking than a dirty surface and demonstrates that the organisation takes pride in its premises and work environment.
The type of cleaning equipment to use depends on the type of floor which requires cleaning and the environment. For example a kitchen or healthcare environment will have far stricter cleaning routines than a school or office.
The simple solution for hard, polished floors are mops, they come in a range of colours to fit in with the National Colour Coding Scheme for healthcare environments, which has standardised the colour of cleaning equipment to be used in each area, so preventing cross contamination.
For carpeted areas, nearly every workplace will have a vacuum cleaner, although other popular types of machines include steam cleaners and spray extraction cleaners, which can offer a deeper clean in areas where high levels of hygiene are important.
For large areas of hard flooring scrubber driers are best to use, and they have the added benefit that they do not leave the floor wet, unlike traditional mopping systems.
For concrete floors and external surfaces, pressure washers come into their own; from small domestic pressure washers which are ideal for the occasional cleaning of driveways and patios, right through to industrial and hot water pressure washers which tend to be used for large car parks or warehouse floors, which may need a more regular and high pressure clean.
Which do you need?
Take a look at the following product highlights, which illustrate the main differences between the types of floor cleaning equipment on offer. It might help you to make a decision as to which product would be most appropriate for your needs.
Suitable for hard, polished floors, with a bit of elbow grease this can be a very cost effective way of cleaning the floors. However, mopping floors can leave a wet residue so it is important to place signs warning of slippery surfaces.
Suitable for everyday cleaning tasks usually in carpeted environments. They range from lightweight domestic cleaners to heavy duty wet and dry systems. These can be ideal for regular carpet or floor cleaning, however industrial versions are available if a more intensive clean is required.
These use steam to remove dirt and stains from all types of surfaces. They don’t require detergent and work by creating a jet of hot steam that dislodges even the most stubborn dirt . They can be the best option for areas where hygiene is a priority. See page 1172
Scrubber driers are most suitable for large areas of hard flooring. They use a mechanically driven brush along with cleaning chemicals to remove dirt and the residue is collected in a waste tank using a squeegee system.
Spray Extraction Cleaners
These are ideal for the deep cleaning of carpets and other textiles. They spray water deep into the fabric and vacuum the dirt out from the bottom of the pile.
Industrial Pressure Washers
Great for cleaning concrete floors and external areas. Ideal for day to day, prolonged and regular use, where heavy duty cleaning is required. For extremely heavy duty use see our range of hot water systems.