The Best 5-Step Process to Clean Your Hard Floors
Updated: May 19
With the school year winding down in just a few short weeks, now is the perfect time to proactively get your summer floor care checklist in order. With reduced foot traffic roaming the halls during the summer months, now is the perfect opportunity to focus on those neglected surfaces that are starting to lose their former shine. We here at Theochem Laboratories have devised the perfect step-by-step process to cover you every step of the way from start to finish on revitalizing your hard floors. From the initial step of stripping your floor to applying the finishing touches on properly restoring and maintaining your surface, we will break down each step thoroughly so you’re adequately set to tackle the job!
Step 1 – Floor Stripper (Animal): Before you set your sights on building your floor’s former glory up, you have to tear it down to the roots. Whether school is out for the summer or your business has experienced less foot traffic due to the ongoing pandemic, summertime is the perfect time to bring those hard floors back to life. Begin your 5-step process off by first stripping your floor with a powerful floor stripper. Our Animal Floor Stripper 100455 is the perfect remedy for this because it acts as an aggressive and quick penetrating solution that is specifically designed to remove heavy buildup that has accumulated over time. Another highlight of Animal Floor Stripper is that it quickly removes tough polyurethane and water-base sealers including metal interlocks. With minimal contact time, this rinse-free concentrated formula reduces the amount of labor, time, and overall cost needed to attend to your hard floors. Animal Floor Stripper is non-ammoniated, phosphate-free, and biodegradable.
Step 2 – Floor Finish (Solid Gold): Once you’ve removed that nasty buildup from your hard floors, it’s time to gloss and add some finish to those surfaces. Next up to bat is our Solid Gold 100698 Floor Finish. This high solids, high gloss finish/sealer offers tough protection in a number of ways. Solid Gold resists powdering, scratching, and black marks left behind by excessive foot traffic. Designed to be a crystal clear formula, Solid Gold is comprised of exceptional clarity that will not yellow over time while also enhancing the look of your hard floor. The long-term finish durability provides excellent scrub and re-coat performance. Solid Gold was formulated for ease of removability during the stripping process. This excellent floor finish can be used on all resilient flooring as well as most stone tile. Lastly, Solid Gold was designed for the highest gloss possible with the fewest coats applied with a moderate polishing program.
Step 3 - Floor Top Scrub (Lacto): Once you’ve stripped your floor and applied the proper high-gloss finish, the next step is to routinely keep up the maintenance on your floor. When the seasons begin to change and school is back in session, it would be wise to have a powerful top scrub in your corner. Look no further than our Lacto 101428 Concentrated Top Scrub. Lacto is a highly concentrated top scrub designed for interim floor finish maintenance. Lacto removes the top layer of floor finish when used with an automatic scrubber, which then helps to prepare the surface for recoating. This amazing floor restorer acts as a high-performance general cleaner that can be applied to all surfaces. Also, Lacto can really stretch your dollars, as the dilution rate for every ounce of solution can yield up to 128 ounces that’s ready to apply to your hard floors.
Step 4 – Specialty Floor Cleaner (Rinse No More): Once you’ve gotten back into the routine of routinely caring for your hard floors, the next step is to find a specialty cleaner that can do the job and keep your floors healthy. Our Rinse No More 100445 is the perfect fix! This highly concentrated neutral pH daily floor cleaner is the perfect addition to your floor-cleaning roster. Mop your floors as part of your daily floor care maintenance and behold as this mild, no-rinse concentrated detergent begins to pick up soil as well as enhance shine to those formerly dingy surfaces. One ounce of Rinse No More can be diluted to make 64 ounces.
Step 5 - Floor Finish Restorer (Reflex): We’ve reached the final step in our 5-step process for cleaning those hard floors, buffing your floors for that lasting shine. The final all-star in our hard floor-cleaning roster is no other than our Reflex 106484 Concentrated Finish Restorer. This concentrated finish restorer is a premium floor maintainer comprised of a rejuvenating formula designed to clean floors and enhance gloss. This wonderfully concentrated finish restorer was designed to extend the life of floor finish, maintaining that “just waxed” look between stripping cycles. As the final step before you begin with stripping your floors again, Reflex helps prolong that period by keeping your floors looking clean and glossy. One ounce of Reflex can be diluted to make 128 ounces of solution that is ready to apply to any hard floor.
We’ve covered all the bases from floor stripping to routine maintenance to get the most life out of your hard floors. While we recommend the best possible solutions for each leg of this process, routine maintenance is just as important to extend the integrity of your hard floors. With just a few weeks to go before the bell sends students home for the summer, now is the time to compile your list and to get ahead of your hard floor cleaning. Remember, just because they are called hard floors doesn’t mean cleaning them should be hard too. As always, thank you for taking the time to educate you on proper floor care, stay safe and clean wisely!