Floor Cleaning Products Buying Guide

Get a Foot Up on Flooring.

With your eyes firmly focused on the future and building your business, you may not notice what's happening directly underfoot—and that's a mistake.

Your floors are a workhorse, and caring for them is critical to the longevity of your facility, the safety of your staff, and the efficiency of your operations. Clean and well cared-for floors not only protect your products, inventory, and people from damage and injury, they also signal to your customers and partners that your business pays serious attention to every detail, from the ground up. Literally.

Know Your Floors:

Not all floors are created equal.

Different floor materials require different approaches to cleaning. Choosing the wrong one can leave your floors less-than-clean and even shorten their lifespan.

Vinyl & Linoleum

Sweep or dry-mop first to pick up dirt and debris that could scratch or puncture the floor. Avoid harsh chemicals that can dull the shine and change the color. Use a neutral cleaning solution for linoleum floors. Apply using a damp.

Concrete & Stone

Sweep first, then use a gentle solution and mop or scrubber to lift dirt and scuffs. Acidic cleaners and abrasive cleaning tools will tarnish the surface, especially stone.


Avoid abrasive solutions and use a gentle cleaner intended for wood floors. Sweep first, then use a soft mop to apply the diluted cleaning solution. Avoid excess moisture when cleaning, as that can damage floors over time.


Use a neutral solution and soft mop. Make sure to sweep first, so debris doesn't scratch the surface; and don't forget the grout. Specialized grout cleaners can lift dirt, dust, and grime, leaving floors looking like new.


Choose gentle solutions and tools when cleaning laminate. Sweep first, then use a damp mop or floor scrubber to wash the surface, being careful to not leave standing water behind.


Vacuum daily to lift dirt and dust, and tackle stains with a stain remover as needed. Every few months, depending on how heavily trafficked the area is, use a floor machine and deodorizing solvent to give the carpet a deep clean.

Pick Your Equipment:

We don't live in a one-size-fits-all world. Customize your cleaning for the job.

That's where floor scrubbers, floor machines, and vacuums come in. Vacuums lift dirt and dust from the floor. Scrubbers and machines provide deep cleaning plus additional functions like stripping, scrubbing, scraping, grinding, and shampooing.

Ride, Push, or Hold

Floor scrubbers, machines, and vacuums come in a variety of configurations. Ride-on models are ideal for large, wide open spaces. Pushing options add maneuverability. Hand-held designs provide ultimate flexibility for cleaning around and under equipment and on stairs.

Battery or Electric

Corded machines are limited by the length of their cord and the availability of power outlets, Compare motor power and battery charge options to determine which model has enough capacity for the square footage you'll be covering.

Tank Size

Big jobs require big tanks to avoid time-consuming delays from having to refill one or more times in the cleaning process.

Cleaning Path

Check the manufacturer's specifications, and then check your aisle widths to ensure your equipment fits where you need it. For tight spaces, opt for a smaller or hand-held model.


For quick fixes and reduced down-time, keep replacement parts on hand:

Get to Work:

Picking the right floor scrubber or floor machine is only the first step. The next one is selecting the perfect pad for the jobs on your to-do list. Pay attention to the pad's color and material, because using the wrong one can damage your floors and your equipment.

Determine The Task

Use the job you need to complete as a starting point when picking a pad.

Buffing Pads

Buffing Pads

The lightest in color, they remove scuff marks and dirt, and bring a semi-gloss finish back to the wax. These are used at speeds from 175 to 600 rpm.

Scrubbing Pads

Scrubbing PadS

More abrasive than cleaning pads, they will remove the top layer or two of wax.

Cleaning Pads

Cleaning Pads

More aggressive on surfaces than buffing pads, they remove dirt without removing the floor's finish.

Burnishing Pads

Burnishing Pads

Used to apply heat and pressure to remove wax and polish floors. They run from 1,000 to 3,000 rpms.

When Should you replace your floor cleaning pad?:

The lifespan of a floor scrubber or floor machine pad is typically measured in the square footage it covers. In general, pads designed for tasks such as cleaning, scrubbing, and stripping have a shorter lifespan than those for buffing, polishing, and burnishing. While the manufacturer will offer guidance on when to change out the pad, you can also get a sense of when a new pad is needed by evaluating its performance and checking for wear and tear on its cleaning surface.

Give your floor pads a long life by following these pro tips:

  • Use both sides of the pad.
  • Brush it gently during rinsing.
  • Take it off the machine when not in use.

When trying out a new floor pad, first test it on a small portion of the floor to make sure it produces the desired effect.