Two things to talk to your cleaner about before they use a floor scrubber in your home

Posted on: 31 January 2022

If you've asked your cleaner to use a floor scrubber in your home, here are two things you should discuss with them before they use this equipment.

What pressure setting you'd prefer them to use

Most floor scrubbers have several pressure settings. One of the most important things to talk to this professional about is what pressure setting you'd like them to use. For example, if you have old hardwood floors whose varnish is deteriorating and which you plan to refinish, and you don't talk to this cleaner about your preferred pressure setting, he or she might choose to use the equipment's lowest setting on these floors so that the scrubbing process does not cause any additional harm to the damaged varnish.

However, if you intend to refinish these floors anyway and are not, therefore, concerned about the varnish's condition, and just want to get the floors as clean as possible, then you might want to instruct them to use a much higher pressure setting on them, that will ensure that the scrubber's cleaning fibres dig deep into the floorboards and get out every bit of dirt that's in them.

Whether the paint on the walls of the rooms that they'll be cleaning is water-based

You should also let them know if the paint on the walls of the rooms where they'll be using the floor scrubber is water-based. The reason for this is that when used with detergents and water, a floor scrubber can generate waterdrops that fly onto the walls when the cleaner is using the equipment on the floor areas right beside them. If these walls are painted with oil-based paint, this won't have any effect on them, as the waterdrops won't sink into this type of paint and can be easily wiped off. However, if it's water-based paint, you might remove some of this paint when you try to wipe off any soapy water that splashes onto these walls.

As such, if there is water-based wall paint in these rooms, you might either want to instruct the cleaner not to clean the floorboards right beside the walls or better still, if you have time, use some masking tape and cling wrap to cover the lower parts of the walls (i.e., the areas that will be most likely to get waterdrops splashed on them) to protect them from any splashes; the latter will enable the cleaner to scrub every section of each floor.

For more information on floor scrubbers, contact a company near you.


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