How to Clean Every Type of Commercial Flooring

If your commercial flooring specialist has just provided your office with beautiful, brand new flooring, your next step will likely be to figure out how to clean it. While you may opt to hire a professional service for your flooring’s annual deep cleanings, you’ll likely need to clean up any spills on your own and in a timely manner. Whether you have commercial carpeting, vinyl, tile, or rubber, here’s a guide on how to clean just about any variety of commercial flooring. 

Carpet

One of the most common commercial flooring types is carpet due to its welcoming feeling, low cost, and relatively easy maintenance. Carpeting maintenance mostly consists of vacuuming the area once a week, depending on foot traffic levels. However, if your carpet receives a stain or noticeable dirt, you’ll need to clean it with water and a mild detergent. Let the detergent sit on the area for 10 to 15 minutes before carefully dabbing and wiping it with a cloth. If your entire carpeting needs to be cleaned, as opposed to a specific spot, you’ll need a powered carpet cleaner to get the job done.

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is best cleaned with light mopping using a neutral detergent. When it comes to cleaning vinyl, you’ll want to make sure to limit the water and liquid that gets on the flooring. Excess water or liquid cleaner could seep into the seams of your vinyl flooring and loosen the adhesive, ruining your commercial flooring. Instead, regular sweeping and light mopping in a figure-eight motion are the best ways to clean your vinyl floors. If sweeping, make sure to use a soft bristle broom in order to maintain the floor’s polished finish.

Tile

Tiles can be slightly more time consuming to care for because you need to take extra time to clean the grout as well as the tile itself. To clean tile flooring, mop the area with a mixture of water and neutral, mild detergent. This should easily remove any stains or dirt, depending on how porous the tile material is. Once the tiles have been cleaned, go back over the area with a scrub brush and the same detergent mixture and clean the grout between the tiles thoroughly. This is where the most dirt and bacteria will collect, and it’s also the area most commonly missed by mopping alone. 

Rubber

If your commercial flooring contractor installed rubber flooring in your facility, they likely touted its low-maintenance benefits. Rubber flooring is extremely durable and easy to care for, which is why it’s most often used in high-traffic areas such as hospitals and gyms. While its moisture-resistant qualities reduce the risk of bacteria growth, it’s still necessary to regularly clean your rubber flooring to prevent any discoloration from ground-in dirt and debris. To clean your rubber flooring, mix one cup of white vinegar with one gallon of hot water and apply this solution with a mop or sponge. This will disinfect the floor as well as make it look visibly cleaner. Avoid any acidic solutions or harsh chemicals in order to avoid further staining the rubber. Allow it to air dry to finish cleaning, as moisture does not affect rubber flooring installations.

If you’re in need of a commercial flooring contractor for new office floors, call the experts at JKP Flooring. We install many different varieties of commercial flooring, including vinyl, tile, rubber, and carpet. We have been Southern California’s trusted commercial flooring specialist for more than 30 years, and we’d love to help you too. Give us a call today at (800) 500-5739 to receive a free estimate.