Scrub & Recoat Floors

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.


to remove any embedded dirt and soil from the floors without having to strip.


when the floor is no longer responding to burnishing and/or spray buffing.

Supplies Needed

  • Low speed floor machine or an autoscrubber
  • Blue cleaning floor pad
  • Degreasing cleaner suitable for heavy soil
  • Wet mop and mop bucket
  • Floor finish for recoating
  • Optional: wet/dry vacuum if using a low speed floor machine

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.

  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Cleaners
  • Floor Finish

Clarke CFP Pro 20 Floor Machine

The CFP Pro 20 floor machines are rugged high powered machines built for years of use in a wide range of floor machine applications. With easy-to-use fingertip controls and multiple safety features, such as handle-mounted safety switch, and a 50' yellow cord, these all metal construction machines are designed for heavy duty use. The handle lock can be actuated by foot, and there is a convenient cord wrap for cord storage when not in use.

Hawk Glide Floor Machine

The Glide is unique in that it steers in forward-and-backward movement, unlike the typical side-to-side movements of a traditional machine. The Glide delivers up to twice the performance, superior safety, and 1/3rd less amps than traditional floor machines.

Hawk Talon Edger Floor Machine

The Talon Edger floor machine is designed to scrub built-up dirt in corners and on baseboards without bending and back-breaking effort. Scrub with pads or with optional bonnets and brushes.

Hawk TigerHawk Orbital Floor Machine

The TigerHawk 2014 Deluxe Orbital floor machine works faster than rotary machines and easily reaches into corners and baseboards. The rectangular "floating head" design is easy to maneuver, with less vibration, sound, and operator fatigue than other brands.

MotorScrubber MS2000M Battery Cleaning Machine

The MotorScrubber is the ultimate cordless, high torque, lightweight cleaning machine used for fantastic washing, polishing, cleaning, and grinding results.

Pioneer Eclipse 225FP Floor Machine

The 225FP is a corded floor care machine powered by a 1.5 HP UL approved high torque motor and equipped with a triple planetary gearbox. The 20" 225FP produces up to 7,000 square feet of polished floor per hour, respectively. The machine comes equipped with a pad holder.

Tennant FM-20-SS Floor Machine

Polish, scrub and strip almost any floor, including uneven surfaces, with this single speed floor machines. Deliver versatile cleaning power and chemical-free floor finish stripping with this heavy-duty, polyethylene floor machine.

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