The Basics of Industrial Floor Cleaning

By Mike Gomez

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Materials Needed:

  • An oil solvent and degreasing detergent
  • Water
  • A mop and bucket; or an auto-scrubber
  • Spray bottle
  • Wet Floor warning signs

The 7 Steps of Industrial Floor Cleaning

Step 1

Sweep the area thoroughly before cleaning.

Step 2

Read the mixing instructions for the oil solvent and degreasing detergent. Mix it with water in the recommended proportions. Unsealed or raw concrete floors, sealed or painted concrete, and waxed industrial floors all take different mixtures to clean most effectively. Make sure you are mixing a cleaning solution for the type of floor surface you will be cleaning.

Step 3

If using an autoscrubber, pour the detergent into the machine. Pass over the floor with the machine until it is clean. Apply an undiluted portion of detergent to heavily soiled spots and let it soak a few minutes before passing over it with the autoscrubber until it comes clean.

TIP: A hot water washer works faster and attacks serious stains, oil and grease more effectively. A cold water wash is sufficient for small office or home jobs and dirt spots, although many professionals consider the hot water machines worth the extra investment.

Step 4

If you are using a mop and bucket,  spray the floor with the undiluted degreasing detergent using a spray bottle. Mop the floor, wringing out the mop frequently and changing the mop water when it gets dirty.

Step 5

Put up “wet floor signs” to keep people from slipping on the wet floor as it dries.

Step 6

Check with your local Environmental Protection Agency for disposal requirements in your state or county for the dirty water. Regulations prevent contamination of sewer and storm drains from the runoff created by industrial floor cleaners which may be contaminated with chemicals and the contaminants removed from the flooring.

Step 7

Inspect floor coating regularly for wear and recoat annually to maintain the floor’s appearance and save money.

Do you have your own commercial cleaning business or are you looking to start your own? Check out how to start a commercial cleaning business to learn the basics of starting your own commercial cleaning business and tips to help you get started.


Plant Services: Sweep or Scrub Basics

Essential Industries: General Cleaners

Vanguard Concrete Coating: How to Clean and Maintain Industrial Coated Floors

Oil Eater: How to Clean Industrial Floors with Oil

Concrete Network: Cleaning Concrete

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