Cleaning Tile Floors – Procedures, Product and Tools

Tile floors are a very broad topic but for this article we will be discussing the cleaning of the most common resilient tile floors…Vinyl Composition (VCT), Vinyl, No Wax, and Asphalt Tile. All of these types of tile can be considered the same for daily cleaning of the floor.

As stated in prior articles, a great looking floor always starts with proper cleaning and is true for both commercial and residential markets. We will cover both Commercial and Residential tile floor cleaning and provide a step by step procedural process along with the products and tools necessary to get excellent results.

As a general rule, Commercial tile floors should be cleaned daily. Whereas in a residence, it may be impractical to clean daily but tile floors should be cleaned at least weekly or more often depending on soil conditions of the floor.

  

Cleaning Tile Floors – Daily Tile Floor Cleaning Procedures – Commercial

 

  1. Prepare an automatic scrubber equipped with RED cleaning pads with cool water and approved professional grade floor cleaner, diluted according to the label directions. A Neutral cleaner is preferred.
     
  2. Prepare one rinse bucket and wringer with clean, cool water and clean rinse mop.
     
  3. Dust mop or sweep entire floor area of loose debris and remove adhered debris such as gum, candy, etc. with a putty knife.
     
  4. Post “Wet Floor” signs and or barricade area with CAUTION tape.
     
  5. Scrub floor area with automatic scrubber.  Use a single pass; solution control valve half open, pads down, squeegee down and vacuum “on”.
     
  6. Using the prepared, water only rinse bucket, trail mop / rinse, all excess water puddles left by the automatic scrubber.  Pay particular attention to edges, borders, turning points and low spots in the floor where excess water tends to accumulate.
     
  7. Allow floor to dry thoroughly.
     

Note: Wet Floor signs should remain until entire process is completed and floor is completely dry.

 

Cleaning Tile Floors – Daily Tile Floor Cleaning Products, Equipment and Tools – Commercial

 

  • Client’s Program Approved Floor Cleaner (Neutral Based Cleaner Preferred)
  • Putty knife or scraper
  • Dust mop (untreated), Broom or Microfiber Mop (preferred)
  • Dust Pan
  • Automatic scrubber
  • Clean RED pads for automatic scrubber
  • Mop bucket and wringer
  • Clean wet mop (pre-laundered cotton or cotton blend preferred)
  • Wet Floor caution signs and or Caution tape
  • Personal Protection Equipment (Refer to Product Label and Product Material Safety Data Sheet)

 

Cleaning Tile Floors – Daily, Weekly or as Needed Tile Floor Cleaning Procedures – Residential

 

  1. Prepare a bucket with cool water and floor cleaner, diluted according to the label directions. A Neutral cleaner is preferred. Note: an also use a consumer mopping system like a sponge mop or Swiffer (P&G) type mop system.
     
  2. Dust mop or sweep entire floor area of loose debris and remove adhered debris such as gum, candy, etc. with a putty knife.
     
  3. Mop the floor area with the mop until the floor area is covered. Hint: Always start in the furthest corner of the room being cleaned and work toward the opening of the room. This will prevent the person cleaning from being trapped in a room until the floor is dry.
     
  4. Allow floor to dry; if any residue is left on the floor, rinse with clear water and a clean wet mop.
     

Note: Even in a Residential situation, always use precautions when wet cleaning a floor. Wet floors are slippery and precautions should be taken to prevent accidental slip and falls. Keep foot traffic off the cleaned floors until they are completely dry. Wet floor signs are impractical for a residence.

 

Cleaning Tile Floors – Daily Tile Floor Cleaning Products, Equipment and Tools – Residential

 

  • Floor Cleaner (Neutral Based Cleaner Preferred)
  • Putty knife or scraper
  • Dust mop (untreated), Broom or Microfiber Mop (preferred)
  • Dust Pan
  • Bucket and wringer (Microfiber Mop System is preferred)
  • Clean wet mop (pre-laundered cotton or cotton blend preferred)
  • Personal Protection Equipment (Refer to Product Label) such as rubber gloves, goggles, etc.

 

Helpful Additional Reference Websites:

 

FILMOP – Microfiber Product Information

Swiffer Mop – Product Information

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