Post by kathyskleening on Dec 8, 2009 19:02:37 GMT -5
I have a commercial office to clean up soon and the linoleum is just plain filthy. I don't know if it has ever been cleaned. What product would you recomend and would it be okay to rent some type of machine to scrub with or just use scrub brush and alot of elbow grease. Thanks for your help.
If it is linoleum then it is all natural and have a jute backing. A rolled vinyl product will not have this backing. Either way you can follow the instructions. Be very careful that you use a neutral pH detergent, anything with a high pH of 10-12 will cause the flax seed oils and linseed oils to bleed out of the floor and cause a stain. A product like Mr Clean, any degreaser, Fantastic will have this high pH. Go to your janitorial supplier and specify neutral pH detergent with a pH of close to 7. Rinse the floor again using a neutral pH detergent. You should be able to rent a swing machine, 175 rpm only and with a blue or green pad be able to scrub the floor. If you plan on putting a finish on after, do not use a sealer, just put down finish using a Rubbermaid flat finish mop.
Post by kathyskleening on Dec 8, 2009 23:16:35 GMT -5
I thought about using a little dawn dish soap in water with a white scrubbing pad. I was reading earlier that the lighter the color of the pad the less abrasive. So should I have this cleaner in a squirt bottle and apply it as I am scrubbing?
Okay, I don't know what size of floor you are doing but from your comments I assume it is possibly only a small kitchen or something along those lines. Don't use the Dawn as obviously it is a degreaser and could adversely affect the tile. Go to a janitorial supplier and get some neutral pH floor detergent as well as a White Doodlebug pad. He'll know what you mean. Follow the directions on the detergent as far as dilution rate goes and go from there. I would still rent a 175 rpm swing machine to do the job but if you don't have experience with it, stay with just doing it by hand. ;D Good luck