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

winter floor care tools

4 Must Have Cleaning Tools Winter Floor Care

It’s that time of year again. Winter floor care season. Snow has blanketed much of the country and we are all dealing with the mess that it tracks in. Many are struggling with salt residue on their floors and the seeming endless flow of sloppy wet ice melting mess.

After dealing with these issues for years, I know what a pain this can be. There is hope though. With a few easy adjustments to your cleaning methods, you will once again be able to have clean, streak free floors, all year long! Read more

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

how to clean sticky floors

Why You Have Sticky Floor and How To Fix It

Sticky floors can be a very frustrating 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. 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. It all comes down to the pH of the cleaner.  Read more

automatic floor scrubber

Automatic Floor Scrubbers Are No Longer A Luxury

While shopping with my family the other day, we saw a custodian mopping the floor. Both the water and mop were extremely dirty and as was the floor she had just “cleaned.” My first thought was to wonder why they didn’t use an automatic floor scrubber. She was working really hard and getting poor results.

It frustrates me when custodians put so much effort into cleaning but are not given the best tools for the job. A basic walk behind floor scrubber would completely change the level of cleaning at this facility for the better. 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. 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. 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? High solids floor coatings have become very popular. But with the higher cost and reputation for difficult application, are they really worth it?

A while back I wrote a post about how many coats of floor finish you should use to protect vinyl 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