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Wondering Which Commercial Floor Cleaner Is Best? Read On!

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Using the right commercial floor cleaner and cleaning process can make all the difference in how well your floors hold up. Obviously, you wouldn’t use the same product for carpet that you would for hardwood. And you shouldn’t implement the same cleaning process for porcelain tile as you would for laminate surfaces. For this reason, it’s important to understand what your flooring materials respond to the best.


As one of the leading commercial flooring companies in the nation, Floor Coverings International provides property managers and business owners with essential maintenance resources. Learn all about what you need to do to keep your floors in tip-top shape for years to come.

Our Commercial Floor Cleaner and Cleaning Process Guide for Success

Commercial flooring is not only an investment. It also serves as the focal point and cornerstone of a space. No matter what industry a flooring option is intended for—healthcare, education, corporate, or tenant fit-out—it needs to be able to stand the test of time. This is particularly true of commercial spaces that are subjected to high traffic.


Finding the best commercial floor cleaner products and cleaning processes can help protect the lifespan of floors. Take a look at the best commercial cleaning products and procedures, categorized by type of commercial flooring:

  • Carpet
    You may not initially think of carpeting as an expansive filter, but this is actually a close comparison. Carpet absorbs a range of dirt, chemicals, and natural elements. This is why it’s essential to routinely clean carpet. More than for cosmetic reasons, keeping the carpet clean is vital for your health. This doesn’t necessarily mean a professional-grade steam cleaning. Mostly, vacuuming at least twice a week serves as best practice. For higher traffic areas, this number should increase. As for a water-based carpet cleaning, the options are steam, dry, or shampoo cleaning. This type of cleaning is certainly beneficial, especially from an aesthetic standpoint. As for frequency—that’s mostly a matter of convenience, amount of foot traffic, and management’s choice.
  • Hardwood
    Some of the notable cleaning agents for hardwood are Zep, Bruce, and Murphy’s Oil Soap. Perhaps more important than the type of product used on hardwood floors is how the wood is cleaned. It’s imperative to keep track of how much water is being used. Because wood is porous, it doesn’t respond well to excessive moisture. Too much water can lead to permanent warping and damage. Make sure to consult with a hardwood flooring expert if you’re unsure what type of cleaner to use for your particular hardwood surface (finished, unfinished, solid, engineered, etc.).
  • Vinyl
    Although there are several commercial floor cleaners on the market specifically designed for vinyl floors, such as Bona and Zep, there’s a more interesting alternative. Experts recommend using a mixture of hot water and apple-cider vinegar. Not only is this method effective as a cleaning agent, but it’s also eco-friendly.
  • Laminate
    Similar to vinyl flooring, laminate flooring can be cleaned with an equal mixture of white vinegar and water. Cleaning brands such as Black Diamond, Bona, and Bruce will also do the trick as far as products are concerned. One of the best maintenance methods for laminate is going over the floors with a vacuum designed for hardwood. This will help prevent scratches from forming while keeping floors free from debris. Microfiber mops and cloth are also effective dust collectors.
  • Tile
    Tile flooring is beautiful and built to last, but it can also collect bacteria, particularly in grout because of its porous quality. To combat bacteria growth and keep tile looking sharp, it’s best to utilize a mild, multipurpose, pH neutral cleaner. We particularly recommend one that contains citrus d-limonene with hydrogen peroxide and water.
  • Luxury Vinyl Tile
    As far as flooring goes, luxury vinyl tile is one of the easiest to clean. Frequent sweeping and mopping with a neutral pH detergent is all that’s required to keep up appearances. If a commercial floor comprised of LVTs has lost its sheen, it may be that the initial factory protective coating has diminished. It’s possible to apply new layers of protective coating if necessary.

Commercial Floor Cleaning No-No’s

Now that you know how to maximize commercial floor cleaning, it’s also a good idea to know what not to do.


To avoid commercial flooring damage, do not:

  • Saturate any type of flooring in water
  • Use abrasive cleaning agents (these can scratch and produce permanent damage)
  • Apply a heavy-duty vacuum that has rolling components (these can also scrape hardwood, tile, vinyl, luxury vinyl tile, and laminate)
  • Leave cleaning agents to rest on the floor (unless directed otherwise)
  • Guess what type of cleaner might work for commercial flooring without doing your homework!

If you’re uncertain as to which type of commercial floor cleaner to use, don’t hesitate to reach out to an FCI flooring expert.


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