Floor cleaning is a major occupation throughout the world. The main job of most cleaners is to clean floors. Substance used for cleaning the floor is floor cleaners.
Reasons for using floor cleaners:
The principal reasons for floor cleaning are:
To prevent injuries due to tripping or slipping. Injuries due to slips and trips on level floors are a major cause of accidental injury or death. Bad practice in floor cleaning is itself a major cause of accidents.
To beautify the floor.
To remove stains, dirt, litter and obstructions.
To remove grit and sand which scratch and wear down the surface.
To remove allergens, in particular dust.
To prevent wear to the surface.
To make the environment sanitary.
To reduce ingestion/inhalation rates of microplastics.
To maintain an optimum traction.
Reduce workload in between shifts.
Methods of floor cleaners
The floor cleaner needed for different types of floors is very different.
Slipping is a common safety hazard for cleaning methods that involve water or other liquids, especially if the floor is left wet.
Sawdust is used on some floors to absorb any liquids that fall rather than trying to prevent them being spilt. The sawdust is swept up and replaced each day. This was common in the past in pubs and is still used in some butchers and fishmongers.
Different types of wood flooring may require completely different care depending on whether they are waxed, oiled or have a polyurethane coating. It is important to determine the type of finish of a wood floor and always treat it in the proper manner, for instance it is difficult to clear wood floor wax from a floor coated with polyurethane. Simple cleaning instructions:
Clear the floor of any furniture that is easy to move.
Sweep or vacuum all loose dirt and debris.
Mop the floor, going along with the grain. For a polyurethane coated floor, dampen a mop with water and a floor cleaner. Be sure to ring out the mop thoroughly before using it on the floor. Run the mop back and forth, going with the grain of the wood in smooth strokes. Do not use water for lacquered or shellacked floors, as it can stain the wood and cause buckling.
Buff the floor with a soft cloth to remove any soapy residue. Cloth diapers work well for buffing since they are very soft and absorbent.
Tile and stone
Tile and stone flooring is common in kitchens, stairs, and bathrooms. Its cleaning process can be divided into three steps:
Dirt or dust should first be removed with a vacuum cleaner or a broom.
Have a floor cleaner or spray bottle for the appropriate floor. If you are cleaning stone floors, make sure the cleaning agent:
states that it is for stones. An acidic tile cleaning solution can be used on ceramic and porcelain floors
After spraying the tile or stone floors in a small area, use a mop to clean and scrub floors. Then wipe it with dry cloth.
Vinyl composition tile
Vinyl composition tile or VCT is a common commercial floor type. Cleaning this type of floor is done with either a mop and bucket or with a floor scrubber.
VCT requires a polymer coating or floor finish to protect it. This needs to be kept clean with dust mopping and wet cleaning (i.e. wet mopping or floor scrubber).