Having highlighted the importance of effective floor cleaning in our guide to reducing the risk of slips, trips and falls, you’ll agree that keeping floors well maintained is a fundamental issue for those in facilities management.
With floors in locations such as office blocks, hotel lobbies, hospital wards and restaurants requiring daily cleaning to maintain high standards, this means that having the right equipment available can bring long term benefits, saving both you and your business time and money. With innovation in the sector taking floor cleaning equipment to the next level, floor cleaning ranges are getting smarter and the number of options larger.
With so many options available, are you able to distinguish a rotary scrubber from a scrubbier drier machine? Tell the difference between a traditional or Kentucky mop and know which is right for the job? Discover how much you know about floor cleaning in our quiz below, and see if you can ‘clean up’ by improving your knowledge.
5 Floor Care Methods You Need to Know About
1. Traditional Mopping
A method familiar to everyone whether they clean domestically or commercially, traditional mopping has long been the go to method of floor cleaning on any hard floor surface. Often seen as a hugely satisfying way of cleaning floors, traditional mopping requires a great deal of manual elbow grease.
There is more than one kind of mop head available, with the socket mop and Kentucky mop being most common. Each type of mop can vary in material; cotton, hygiene and non- woven. The Kentucky mop is more effective for cleaning large areas of flooring, covering a wider surface area by absorbing higher quantities of water.
2. Vacuum Cleaners
Another essential in and outside of the home, this is a tool which is integral to cleaning floors and upholstery with ease of use in mind. Its quick suction means that regular use of a vacuum cleaner can help reduce the number of allergens in the environment.
- Upright vacuum cleaners are ideal for cleaning heavily carpeted areas
- Tub vacuum cleaners benefit from its compact size and portability
- Back pack vacuum cleaners are an ideal choice for flexibility
- Battery vacuum cleaners for quickly cleaning small areas
- Wet and dry vacuum cleaners for tougher, more stubborn floor cleaning situations.
3. Dust Mopping
Unlike the traditional mop, the dust mop is designed to be used dry rather than wet, meaning that no bucket or drainer is required for its use. Made from a microfiber or synthetic material which is designed to attract and hold onto dust, they are accompanied by a long handle which enables it to reach higher places such as walls and ceilings. Dust mopping is an important first step in floor care, where any dirt or surface soils can easily be removed before any liquids are added during the mopping process.
4. Carpet Cleaning Machines
Designed to not only clean carpets but stairs, upholstery, laminate and tiled floors, a carpet cleaning machine is a lifesaving product when it comes to quickly picking up accidental spills and tackling tough stains.
Taking carpet cleaning to the next level is the GEN 4 Envirodri Dry Carpet Cleaning Machine by Cleantec Innovation, a zero moisture carpet cleaning system which ensures that the carpet is dry for immediate use. With a 50% reduction in cleaning times, zero down time and zero increase in bacteria count on carpets it cleans, this is floor cleaning innovation at its finest.
5. Scrubber Drier Machines
Tackling large areas of flooring in commercial environments, a scrubber drier machine uses high contact pressure as it washes, scrubs and dries in one swift movement for a flawless finish.
For a more compact option to the traditional scrubber drier machine, the i-mop scrubber drier is cordless with the maneuverability of a flat mop; ideal for those who don’t have a highly trained operator at their disposal. It effortlessly removes dirt through its unique patented cleaning, scrubbing, rinsing and recovery system to leave floors clean, dry and ready for immediate use.
How did you score in our floor cleaning quiz? Leave your score in the comments box below, and improve your knowledge of floor care further by exploring our full range of products in our janitorial equipment department. Alternatively you can find out more about some of our exciting floor care options in the Innov8 brochure.
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