There has always been a level of uneasiness and perhaps discomfort for the novice or for that matter even professional Janitors, when it comes to selecting the correct floor cleaning chemical. Their discomfort comes with the word “Chemicals”. It is a term that for most people unfamiliar with chemistry; gives them a level of uneasiness. They seem to feel there is some mystique about the word chemical. Nothing is further than the truth. Cleaning Chemicals are nothing more than a detergent, surfactants, water; most have a fragrance and dye. That is it, nothing complicated. What the difference is in the type of ingredients that are used in the formula of the cleaners and this varies from manufacturer to manufacturer which is why one cleaner is better than another.

For the purpose of this article, we will be discussing Neutral Cleaners and why they should be used to clean floors on a daily basis.

Whenever chemicals are discussed, remember that there is nothing to be concerned about; they are only cleaning agents. They can be used on almost any flooring material on the market today. The only exception would be unsealed wood or cork flooring.


Floor Cleaning Chemicals – Neutral Cleaners

  1. Used in the Wet Cleaning Process: These neutral base cleaners are available for both the commercial and Residential markets and are primarily designed to clean floors on a daily basis in the commercial side of the business or less frequently in a residence, which would be more likely to be cleaned weekly. They can be used in a mop and bucket application or power equipment like an automatic scrubber, making them versatile.
  2. What is Neutral Cleaner: These products usually do not leave a residue on the floor, requires no rinsing and have a ph of 7.0. The product is formulated to work safely on all floor coatings (wax) but uses particular surfactants to penetrate and suspend soils attached to the floor. That is it, nothing complicated. What is tremendous about using a neutral cleaner is that it safe to use on floors coated with a floor finish or wax. The coated floor can be cleaned without any adverse effects on the floor coating (Floor Finish/Wax).
  3. How to use Neutral Cleaners: Most neutral floor cleaners are built to be mixed with water and perform better when mixed with water. Always follow the label direction on how to use the cleaning product.
  4. Why use a Neutral Cleaner: Almost all floor cleaning chemical products require to be diluted with water. This makes them economical to use. The higher the dilution ratio the less expensive the neutral cleaner is to use. The floor cleaning product provides the chemical action needed remove the soil from the floor. Without the cleaning product, most attached soils would just be smeared on the floor.


Floor Cleaning Chemicals – Types of Floors that can be Cleaned with a Neutral Cleaner

This section outlines the various floor types that can be cleaned with a neutral cleaner including both resilient and non-resilient.


Floor Cleaning Chemicals: Resilient Floors

  • Vinyl (VCT)
  • Rubber
  • Asphalt
  • Pure Vinyl
  • Sealed Wood
  • Sealed Cork
  • Linoleum
  • No-Wax – Tiles or One Piece Sheet


Floor Cleaning Chemicals: Non-Resilient Floors

  • Concrete
  • Marble
  • Terrazzo
  • Travertine
  • Slate
  • Granite
  • Quarry
  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain

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