Scrubbing, also known as deep scrubbing or top scrubbing, is the process of removing a couple top coats of floor finish that dirt has embedded into. A floor maintenance program that includes scrubbing and recoating will help prolong the need for floor stripping.
1. Apply Cleaning Solution
Working with cold water, pour your cleaning chemical into a mop bucket. Use a wet mop to apply the solution liberally onto the floor to soften up the dirt and the top layer of floor finish. Allow the chemical to sit for about 5 minutes to soak.
2. Scrub Away the Dirt
Next, go over the softened area one time with an autoscrubber or low speed floor machine using a cleaning floor pad. This will break the dirt free from the surface of the floor finish without removing all of the finish from the floor. The floor pad will scratch the surface which allows a fresh coat of finish to adhere to the floor properly.
3. Clean Up & Recoating
After you are finished scrubbing, use a wet/dry vacuum or autoscrubber to pick up the residue left behind from the floor. At this time the floor may look a little dull but it will still have its base coat of finish in tact. There should not be any scratches, heel marks, or cleaning residue left over when done. If the floor is clean, proceed to reapplying new coats of floor finish to add shine and protection to your floor.