Professional Floor Cleaning Tips – Marble and Tile Cleaning
Advantages of Floor Cleaning
While flooring may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering your business assets, its proper upkeep prevents costly replacement and repair expenses. With regular maintenance and cleaning of tile and marble floors, you can easily extend the life of your flooring investment.
Floor Cleaning Products and Supplies
Below are instructions on how to clean both marble and tile floors. Before you get started, here are the floor cleaning products and professional cleaning supplies you will need:
- Broom and dustpan
- Soft, clean towel or rag
- Dish soap
- Mop bucket with wringer
- Nylon brush
- Marble floor cleaner and tile floor cleaner:
- Disinfecting floor cleaner, like P&G Pro Line®Disinfecting Floor & Surface Cleaner
- No-rinse floor cleaner, like Mr. Clean® Professional No-Rinse Floor Cleaner
- Degreasing floor cleaner, like Mr. Clean® Professional Greasy Floor Cleaner
How to Clean Marble Floors
When it comes to marble floors, daily care is crucial. If sand and dirt are not kept off the floor, they will scratch the surface; therefore, daily sweeping is a must! Make sure to clean up spills immediately by wiping the spill and thoroughly drying the area. Wine, lemonade and other citrus juices will stain the surface – if left on the surface too long, the stains will require professional floor cleaning for removal.
- Sweep the floor of all sand, dirt, and other debris.
- Mop the floor with P&G Pro Line® Disinfecting Floor & Surface Cleaner and warm water. (Marble is a soft stone that can be etched or stained by harsh cleaners, so be sure to use a pH-neutral cleaner like P&G Pro Line® Disinfecting Floor & Surface Cleaner).
- Dry the floor after mopping a section with a soft, clean rag or towel. This will eliminate any water spotting and, of course, the danger of someone slipping.
If the surface starts to lose its shine, clean with a pH-neutral marble restorer, and dry with a soft cloth.
Have the floor sealed and buffed to keep it shiny and, most importantly, protected.
How to Clean Tile Floors
Dust and Mop
First, sweep the floor.
Mop the floor with a hot soapy-water solution.
Mop the floor a second time with a fresh bucket of plain, hot water to clean up any excess soap.
- Use a wet floor sign in the area to be mopped.
- Fill a 4-gallon mop bucket to the fill line with warm water.
- For water hardness up to 250 ppm, add 2 ounces of P&G Pro Line® Disinfecting Floor & Surface Cleaner per gallon of water; for water hardness up to 400 ppm, add 3 ounces of P&G Pro Line® Disinfecting Floor & Surface Cleaner per gallon of water.* (Note: Change the mop bucket solution when it becomes dirty and after every use.)
- Place the mop in the solution and wet thoroughly.
- Lightly twist the mop in the wringer, leaving enough solution in the mop to thoroughly wet the floor. (Note: The surface must remain wet for 10 minutes in order to disinfect.)
- Starting at the farthest point from the door, mop a 10 ft. by 10 ft. area.
- Move to the next 10 ft. by 10 ft. area, working towards the doorway.
- To disinfect heavily soiled surfaces, repeat Steps 4 through 7. Allow the surface to air dry.
- Remove wet floor sign only when the surface is thoroughly dry.
*For heavy soil build-up, add 8 ounces of Mr. Clean Professional No-Rinse Floor Cleaner to a 4-gallon mop bucket. Rinse floors with clean water after cleaning heavy soils. (To avoid sticky floors – if adding more cleaner for cleaning heavily soiled area – it is best to do a clean water rinse.) After removing heavy soils, return to routine/daily cleaning at the normal concentrations listed above with no need to rinse after cleaning.
How to Deal with Heavy Grease Spots
Fill a 4-gallon mop bucket to the fill line with warm water.
Add 3 ounces of Mr. Clean Professional Greasy Floor Cleaner (3/4 oz per gallon of water).
Follow Steps 4 through 7 above.
If applying a liquid floor wax, allow the floor to dry completely before applying. This will help to protect the floor by sealing it and also give it a shiny glossy look. Use a clean sponge to apply the wax to the floor. Start at the back of the room and work your way towards the door to avoid leaving footprints in the waxed areas. Allow at least an hour for the floor to dry.