Floor Care topics including floor finishing and stripping. Mopping, cleaning, floor machines, dust mops, matting and hard floor issues.

microfiber mop heads

Microfiber Mop Heads – What You Need To Know

I have been using flat microfiber mop heads for years. In fact, they are the only mops I use anymore. They are really just a better product, all around, than traditional string mops. Except for a few, very specific applications, string mops should be a thing of the past. The one big problem I have seen people have with them, is choosing the correct hardware and mop style for their individual use. Let’s see if we can’t correct that for you. Read more

sticky floor

Why You Have Sticky Floor and How To Fix It

A sticky floor can be a very troublesome issue. It can seem like there is no answer to the problem. You mop and scrub away only to have the floor end up stickier than when you started. Trust me, I’ve been there. Having someone walk across a floor that you have spent a lot of time cleaning, only to hear their shoes make that sound. That ‘tape being pulled away from the roll’ sound that is cleaning the soles of everyone’s shoes. Well, I have good news for you. A sticky floor can be fixed. And it really isn’t that difficult once you get to the bottom of the cause. Read more

Neutralizer and neutral cleaner for floors

Cleaning Chemicals – Neutralizer or Neutral Cleaner?

It seems neutralizer and neutral cleaners get confused a lot.  Using the correct product, in the correct manner, can save you hours of hard work and frustration. For years, I have heard the terms “neutralizer” used to describe a general purpose floor cleaner, which would be incorrect. Like wise, there are many cleaners that use a “neutral floor cleaner” when they should be using a neutralizer. Here are the correct uses for each. Read more

Cleaning Rubber Gym Floors

Cleaning Rubber Gym Floors

Rubber gym floors can be a great alternative to hardwood athletic floors. They are not as sensitive to changes in temperature and are often considered to more durable for alternative uses, beyond the traditional gymnasium sports. Many think they would be much easier to maintain. The fact is, cleaning rubber gym floors does require some special attention and care.

Even though rubber athletic floors are made of synthetic material, they are still extremely porous and can hold dirt just below the surface. This quite often makes them difficult to clean. Dirt can also act as miniature marbles, causing the floor to become slippery, even in dry conditions. Read more

Winter Floor Care Tips - Removing ice melt from floors

Winter Floor Care Tips

Having a  proactive winter floor care maintenance plan is great way to minimize the damage and headaches that winter weather can cause. When it comes to maintaining floors during the snow and ice season, the old adage is true, The Best Defense Is A Good Offence. Read more

High Speed Burnisher

My First Experience With a High Speed Burnisher

It was late on a Friday and my boss at the time came to me with a request to burnish a hallway over the weekend. Not just any hallway, but the hallway in the executive office area. “Ok” I thought, I can do this.” So began my first experience with a high speed burnisher.

At the time, it was early in my cleaning career and I had been part of the janitorial crew for several months. While I had seen the normal floor crew high speed burnishing several times, I had never done it myself. They made it look easy enough. I had also recently learned to run the low speed floor machine, and was fairly comfortable with that skill. So, running the high speed burnisher shouldn’t be a big deal right? I couldn’t have been more wrong. Read more

how to remove black scuff marks from shoes

My Take On Removing Black Scuff Marks

It is a very common issue in floor care… how to remove black scuff marks from shoes on finished floors. Lets face it, you see them on almost every finished floor. Nothing is more frustrating than to take the time to get a floor looking great with high shine and then walk in only to see back scuff marks everywhere.

Over the years, I have asked everyone from floor care experts with decades of experience to the chemists that create floor finish for the manufacturers, why these black marks are such a problem, but have gotten mixed answers. Read more

25 Percent Solids Floor Finish

25 Percent Solids Floor Finish. A Closer Look

Is using a 25 percent solids floor finish a good option for you?

A while back I wrote a post about how many coats of floor finish you should use to protect vinyl composite tile floors. In this post, I used images taken with a microscope at 400x magnification. With these pictures, it was easy to see how thin layers of floor finish first filled in the pores and then created a protective layer on top of the tile.

As stated in the original article, I used a 20% solids floor finish for this demonstration. But not everyone uses these types of floor finish. There are many types of floor finishes. In fact, finishes with 25% solids have really started to take hold in the market and thus made me want to redo the experiment. But first, what is a 25 percent solids floor finish?  Read more

Proteam GoFree Battery Backpack Vacuum Cordless Backpack vacuum

Cordless Backpack Vacuum The GoFree Pro

I have talked at length about in the past about being a big fan of backpack vacuums. Their versatility and ease of use make them one of the best innovations in the cleaning industry in recent history. That being said, as a whole, the industry (and I) have been patiently, yet eagerly waiting for an effective cordless backpack vacuum to reach the market.

Just think of the possibilities that removing the cord from a backpack vacuum would offer! Dust mopping would practically become a thing of the past. Dusting even the most difficult to reach areas becomes a breeze. And most importantly, the productivity, comfort and safety of the cleaning staff would be greatly increased. Yes, an effective battery backpack vacuum would change the world of cleaning. Well the GoFree Pro battery backpack vacuum from ProTeam just may be the innovation we all have been waiting for. Read more

Cleaning Carpet at Carpet Stores

Cleaning Carpet Is A Mystery To Carpet Stores

My wife and I were shopping for new carpet. I am always amazed by how little the people who sell carpet actually know about cleaning carpet. When you compare it to any other item you purchase, it really is kind of puzzling. If you buy a car, the dealer has an entire segment of its business that is dedicated to servicing the product is sells. (service is the profit center for most car dealers) But when it comes to flooring and carpet, knowing how to maintain and clean it is almost taboo.  Read more