How to Get Shiny Floors

By Anne Baley

  • How to Get Shiny Floors
How to Get Shiny Floors

No matter what type of floor surface you have, customers and clients will respond favorably to your location's interior if the floors sparkle.


Shiny floors just look fresh and clean, giving customers the feeling that you care about even the smallest details. The question of how to get shiny floors can be answered in a variety of ways, depending on the type of flooring you have in your business.


Keeping your floors looking good is a constant job with any surface — but some have special needs that make the job a little trickier.


Polished Concrete


Beautiful and extremely durable, polished concrete adds a high-end look to large spaces. It's easier to maintain than other floor options, but keeping it at peak appearance requires daily care, especially in high-traffic areas. Dust mopping once or twice per day is the most important step. This keeps away the sand and dirt particles that can scratch the floor's surface.


Polished concrete floors should be cleaned every night using a neutral floor cleaner. It's important remove all the residue from the floor without allowing cleaner to dry on the surface. An automatic floor cleaning machine that employs a powerful vacuum system will do this job well, while cutting down on labor costs.


VCT Floors


VCT (vinyl composite tile) is a flexible floor-covering solution made of vinyl chips. The tiles are glued onto the floor's surface, then covered with a special coating that gives them a glassy, wet look. These floors start out shiny, so the key is simply to keep them that way. A wax coat with a high concentration of solids is best, along with a weekly buffing to bring the shine back up. Softer waxes can't be buffed often without damaging the surface.


Take care with the cleaning solutions for these floors. Always use a neutral cleaner, no matter what type of business you own. Bleach will eat away the wax. With a neutral cleaning solution, you'll spend much less time stripping and waxing your floors.


Hardwood Floors


You may be wondering how to get shiny floors if they're made of hardwood. In most cases, doing less instead of more is best. Hardwood floors need to be waxed in order to have that beautiful shiny look, but waxing isn't a monthly job. Two or three times a year should be sufficient for all but the areas with the highest traffic. Wax buildup can cause your floors to look dull and streaky. Strip the old wax off twice a year and apply a new coat for a fresh, shiny look.


Hardwood floors benefit from fewer mop sessions, but use a dust mop every day to remove foreign objects and dirt that's been tracked in. Save the wet cleaning for days when the floor is really dirty, or for when there's a spill. Use cleaning solution sparingly — more cleaner doesn't necessarily mean a cleaner floor. For a final touch of that glassy finish, wait until the floor is dry, then buff it to a high sheen.


For more information on keeping your commercial floors clean and shiny, click here.

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