General Cleaning & Maintenance Guide

Floors usually take the most abuse of any surface in the building. Floor maintenance is a process which is dependent upon the flooring system itself, the traffic conditions, and the type of dirt and debris to which it is exposed. Our floor coatings are easily maintained because of their physical and chemical tough finishes.

In recognition of the need for regular floor maintenance, the following recommendations will help keep your floors looking like new. The recommended cleaning products and maintenance program is based on the type of floor you have.

—Guidelines adapted from General Polymers–

Recommended Cleaning Chemicals

Area Recommended Cleaner
Foot Traffic public areas, health care, dining room/cafeteria, lab, institutional, retail, foot trafficNeutral slip resistant floor cleaner
Light to Moderate Service Areas Moderate to Heavy Services Areasanimal care, automotive service center, commercial kitchen/food prep area, patio, bottling plant, factory floor, loading dock, manufacturing/industrial, vehicular traffic area, stadiumCleaner/Degreaser
Heavy Duty
ESD/Conductive Floorsclean room, computer room, electronics production and assembly, labs, surgeryNeutral Floor Cleaner
Food and Beverage Plantsdairy plant, meat and poultry plant, food processing plant, brewery, winery and beverage plantsCleaner/Degreaser

Cleaning Process

The best method to clean your new floor is a five-step process, using the recommended cleaning product. The process varies between small and large floors and between smooth and textured floors.

The five steps are:

  • Sweeping – Always sweep the floor thoroughly before cleaning.
  • Application – The means to put the cleaning product on the floor surface.
  • Agitation – Movement of the cleaning product, with a piece of equipment, on the floor surface, to aid in the release of foreign material.
  • Dwell Time – Letting the cleaning product stand on the surface to allow time for emulsifying foreign material.
  • Removal – Removing the cleaning product from the surface of the floor.
 Smooth Flooring Surfaces Textured Flooring Surfaces 
Small AreaLarge AreaSmall AreaLarge Area
Sweepingbroom or dust mopfloor sweeperbroomfloor sweeper
Applicationsynthetic mop or deck brushautomatic floor scrubberdeck brush or foamer/sprayerautomatic floor scrubber or foamer/sprayer
Agitationmop or deck brushautomatic floor scrubberdeck brush or rotary floor machineautomatic floor scrubber or rotary floor machine
Dwell Time5-10 minutes5-10 minutes5-10 minutes5-10 minutes
Removalmop or wet vacautomatic floor scrubbersqueegee or wet vacautomatic floor scrubber



  • Never use a mop to clean a floor that is greasy or oily.
  • When using a deck brush, choose a medium/stiff bristle.
  • When using a rotary floor machine, use a white, tan or red 3M pad or similar pad.
  • When removing solution with a squeegee, use a soft, neoprene squeegee.
  • Do Not use a water spray to remove cleaning solution from the floor. It will over-dilute the solution, causing greases and oils to fall back onto the floor surface.
  • Through proper training and education, unnecessary wear of the floor, such as forklift spin and skid marks, can be avoided.
  • Spills should be cleaned up immediately as a safety precaution as well as to prevent staining of the floor.
  • Surfaces should be adequately protected when moving heavy equipment across the floor

Maintenance and Damage Prevention

Columbus Commercial Floor Coating floors are installed with several basic types of finish coats including epoxy, polyurethane and acrylic.

Acrylic and polyurethane floors have exceptional mar and scratch resistance while epoxy finishes are harder and therefore, will scratch when subjected to abrasive dirt. Therefore we recommend Chesterton 820 KPC green cleaner. Click here to be directed to their website.