The Appropriate Way to Clean These 5 Commercial Floor Types

Regular cleaning and maintenance of floors, no matter the floor type, will help keep the appearance of your business’s floors looking great. When planning out the cleaning of your office floors, you should be mindful of what type of floor it is. Different floor types require different treatment routines. Look below to read about the most popular flooring types and how to take care of them.

Hardwood Flooring

Wood needs a bit more attention to keep it looking attractive. To avoid excessive scratching, most office furniture should have felt pads or similar padding on any point of contact with the wood flooring. When moving furniture across wood flooring, place thick blankets or moving pads underneath to avoid scratching the surface.

Floors should be swept, dust-mopped, or vacuumed regularly. Wood flooring should also be cleaned using a mop and a neutral cleaner on a regular basis. Also, make sure your cleaning tools are okay to use on wood.

Wood is incredibly porous. Leave too much water for too long, and it will begin to soak into the wood, warping and bloating it. Once the wood is warped it’s almost impossible to bring it back to its original state. Work in large paths, repeating the same pattern of cleaning, rinsing, and drying. Do not cover the entire floor at once or parts of the floor may start drying with soap drying with it, leaving your floor filmy and dingy.

Concrete Flooring

Like hardwood flooring, concrete is also porous. It’s a low-cost, extremely durable flooring option.

Concrete is very easy to maintain thanks to its smooth, even surface, but it’s also very slippery. Reducing the fall risk is very important. For daily cleaning use a broom, and dust mop or concrete safe vacuum. Wash the entire floor regularly with a neutral cleaning solution and a mop.

Vinyl Tile & Vinyl Sheeting Flooring

Tile (VCT – Vinyl Composition Tile) and vinyl sheeting are two very popular options used for commercial flooring. They’re both low cost, easy to clean, easy to replace, and they come in a variety of colors and patterns.

Cleaning should be a regularly scheduled occurrence consisting of sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping with a neutral based cleaner. Over time, natural scuffs, scratches, and discoloration will occur with vinyl flooring. But buffing and applying a fresh coat of wax will easily take the flooring back to its original shine.


Carpeting is higher maintenance than the three other flooring options we’ve discussed. But, there are plenty of methods that can be applied to keep carpet looking good as new. The key is to pay attention to your carpet regularly, staying on the lookout for spots and stains.

General cleaning should occur frequently, and consist of vacuuming and light stain removal. Several methods can be taken to attack larger carpet stains. If your overall carpet is beginning to look dingy and worn, you can use the encapsulation method to remove dirt. For more soiled areas, spot treatments can be applied with a foaming cleanser or a shampooing method. But, if you have a stubborn stain, shampooing may be the best way to go.

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