Myths About Industrial Floor Cleaning
Posted on May 13, 2016
Floor cleaning might seem like a pretty simple and straightforward endeavor—but of course, not all floors are created equal, and different floor cleaning applications come with different requirements. This is especially important for industrial floor cleaning. Understanding some of the nuances of floor cleaning can ensure that you’re doing your work as efficiently as possible—and also spare you from doing any damage to your floor surfaces.
We’ll show you what we mean as we break down a few common myths and misconceptions about floor cleaning.
Myth: All Flooring Should be Cleaned Exactly the Same
You might assume that all concrete and/or concrete flooring is the same and therefore should be maintained in the exact same way, but this just isn’t the case. Concrete flooring can be coated (i.e. polyurethane coating, which is often used in fleet maintenance facilities) or both polished and coated. The cleaning method you employ depends on which one of these flooring surfaces you’re dealing with.
Myth: Concrete or Coated Flooring Doesn’t Require Chemicals for Cleaning
Another common misconception about concrete or coated flooring is that it doesn’t require chemicals to clean it.
Here’s the truth: Concrete flooring can suffer the same amount of abuse as other flooring types, such as foot traffic and spillage. Although it doesn’t become as permanently soiled as some other types of flooring, it still takes some general maintenance and upkeep.
The best way to clean it quickly and effectively is by using cleaning chemicals. Here it is important that you choose the right cleaner or degreaser, otherwise you could be putting your flooring at risk. Generally, you should be using a neutral cleaner or All Purpose Cleaner for lightly trafficked areas, and a Heavy Duty Degreaser on your industrial floor spaces that are not only heavily trafficked, but also heavily soiled from vehicle maintenance fluids and grease.
Myth: Flooring Doesn’t Need Cleaning at All!
Believe it or not, there are some who make the even more basic error that a concrete or coated flooring doesn’t need any kind of maintenance or upkeep.
The reality is this: It just depends on where the flooring is located. Flooring that is situated in a high traffic or heavy duty environment (such as a fleet maintenance bay) is almost guaranteed to need a lot more maintenance than flooring that is in a lightly trafficked area (such as in an office area).
A light sweeping and mopping generally works well for the lightly trafficked floor, whereas more intensive cleaning—using a floor scrubbing machine and a degreasing product, perhaps—is needed in the heavy traffic areas.
Learn more about the best products for cleaning your surfaces—including some powerful and eco-friendly ones—by contacting the Enviroform team today!