This is a rather large topic but for the purpose of this article, it will cover an overview of the most popular categories of floor cleaning products which include chemicals, tools and supplies. Covering the floor cleaning product types and why they are used. As stated in prior articles, the use of quality floor cleaning products can and most of the time makes the difference in performance and the amount of time it takes to complete the cleaning task. The following information will be broken down into a guide line of the four key components of cleaning. These are critical to remember when cleaning and keys to successful floor cleaning. For the most part, the chemical component will be discussed in the article.  

  • Time
  • Agitation
  • Chemical
  • Temperature


Floor Cleaning Products – Cleaning Chemical Types


  • Dry Cleaning: Simple and necessary products are the first step in floor cleaning. Completing this step will provide easier wet cleaning with the additional benefit of reducing the premature wearing out of both or either the flooring and/or floor finish (wax). 

    1. Floor Cleaning Products – Dust Mops, Microfiber Mops and Brooms: Used to remove loose debris from the floor and should be completed prior to any wet cleaning of the floor.
  • Wet Cleaning: Most commercial and residential floor cleaning chemical products are designed to be mixed with water. In fact, most floor cleaning products actually perform better when mixed with water. Cleaning chemical products are necessary because water alone does not do a very good job of cleaning. Whereas a floor cleaning product provides the necessary chemical action to penetrate and suspend the attached soils on the floor. Thereby, allowing the suspended soil to be removed from the floor. Without the cleaning product, most attached soils would just be smeared on the floor.

    1. Floor Cleaning Products – Resilient Tile Floor Cleaning Chemicals:
      This section discusses floor cleaning products for resilient tile floors which include…Vinyl (VCT), Rubber, Asphalt, Pure Vinyl, Wood, Cork, Linoleum, No-Wax, etc. tiles and sheet flooring.

      • Neutral pH Floor Cleaners: These products usually do not leave a residue on the floor and requires no rinsing and have a ph of 7.0. The product is formulated to work safely on all floor coatings (wax) but employs particular surfactants to penetrate and suspend soils attached to the floor.
      • General Purpose Floor Cleaners: Cleaning products that are designed with a higher pH for more stubborn soils with stronger cleaning agents. These products if used incorrectly may adversely affect the floor finish (wax) or the floor itself. So, following the label on the cleaning product on how to use the cleaning products is mandatory and will prevent headaches in the floor cleaning process.
      • Disinfectant Cleaners: These products kill germs and bacteria while it cleans and are mostly used in the healthcare facility maintenance of cleaning floors. They are also used on restroom floors to keep the germ levels under control. Traditionally, disinfectant cleaners are great at killing germs when used correctly but are not always great cleaners.
      • One Step Floor Cleaners: These are mainly used in the residential home and can be used to clean and leave a luster to the floor. A side effect of some of these types of products can over time and prolonged use leave a residue on the floor that looks dull and can actually attract soil to the floor.
  • Floor Cleaning Products – Non-Resilient Floor Cleaning Chemicals: (Concrete, Marble, Terrazzo, Granite, Quarry, Ceramic, etc.)

    1. Stone Cleaners: Floor cleaning chemicals that are usually neutral pH and safe to use on stone and quarried (mined) from the Earth. These floors are extremely porous and can be damaged or stained very easily. So the use of no dyes or color in these products is preferred by the commercial marketplace. 
    2. Concrete Cleaners: Cleaning products that include degreasers. These products clean with solvent action with both oil based solvents such as mineral spirits but most concrete cleaners are water based degreasers. These water based degreasers work by using the power of solvents but also use the power of water and surfactants.

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