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  • ARE YOU A SPECIALTY FLOOR CLEANING EXPERT? WE CAN HELP!

    by Vickie Holland | Jun 19, 2019



    It can be challenging to be the expert on maintaining specialty flooring. We can help! Here is a list the most common “un-common” flooring along with some cleaning and maintenance tips.  If you aren’t sure what type of flooring you have, check out this excellent video on identifying different types of flooring by our Director of Training and Sustainability, Bill McGarvey.  With all floor types, don’t forget these 3 important guidelines:

    1. Check the manufacturer’s specifications first. Unique flooring specs unique chemicals. Ask us to help cross reference products.
    2. Test products in an inconspicuous area to determine suitability.
    3. Safety first! Wear PPE and set up wet floor or area closed signs during any floor maintenance.

    Synthetic Flooring Laminate and rubber flooring are the most popular type of synthetic flooring. Proper care and maintenance is essential for long term surface beauty and protection. Check out our previous blog “Caring and Maintaining your Rubber Floor” to learn more about daily and periodic cleaning. For cleaning and maintaining rubber floors, we like the one-two punch of NCL Flexi-Clean and Flexi-Sheen. The Flexi-Clean is an intensive formula used as a rubber cleaner and degreaser. Great for large areas as it can be used in an auto scrubber. After cleaning with Flexi-Clean, apply Flexi-Sheen to condition and beautify the floor. The Flexi-Sheen leaves behind a water resistant coating to improve slip resistance.

    NEVER USE ACIDS OR OTHER HARSH CHEMICALS ON SYNTHETIC FLOORS!

    Linoleum Flooring Typically made from materials such as solidified linseed oil, pine rosin, ground cork dust, wood flour and other mineral fillers.  Linoleum was introduced in 1860. Although it has mostly been replaced by other types of flooring, you may still find it in health care and educational settings. If you have linoleum, be sure to use products specifically designed for it. Daily maintenance calls for sweeping or vacuuming, using a multipurpose cleaner and a dampened mop. If stripping and finishing, we recommend Lino-Strip and Carefree Matte Finish.

    TRADITIONAL STRIPPERS OR FINISHES RUIN THIS FLOOR TYPE!

    Electro-Static Dissipative (ESD) Flooring In areas where static electricity is a problem (computer server rooms or surgical areas), a static dissipative floor coating is a MUST. We recommend using Diversey Discharge Static Dissipative Floor Finish or NCL No-Zap Static Dissipative Floor Coating. Both products will control electrostatic discharge and have been developed to meet the demanding needs of the electronic, microchip and telecommunications industries. For more information, check out our troubleshooting guide on stripping and finishing a floor.

    DON’T FORGET- PERIODIC REAPPLICATION IS NECESSARY!

    Stone Flooring This includes natural stone, polished limestone, granite, terrazzo, ceramic tile, slate, grout or porcelain flooring. We recommend Hurricane Intensive Stone Cleaner to remove soil, oil and grease. After following directions for dilution, apply using a mop, sponge or sprayer and agitate. Allow to dwell for 10 minutes, vacuum and rinse well with clean water. Do not allow solution to dry on the surface.  

    USING THE WRONG PRODUCT CAN LEAVE A HAZY FILM.

    BLEACH CAN DAMAGE MARBLE FLOORS.

     

    What if you don’t have manufacturer specs available?

    We recommend a neutral floor cleaner and a very damp mop or a flat mop in an inconspicuous area.

    Best practice is to ask your Sales Leader!