Have you ever been scrubbing or polishing a floor and suddenly noticed streaks or even scratches in your floor? There are a variety of reasons your floor polishing and scrubbing could potentially damage the surface of your floors from the machine you are using, to your technique, to the detergents, waxes, oils, or other cleaning equipment being used. In this article, we will discuss some troubleshooting for what causes streaks & scratches as well as how to improve your floor care. If you are looking for cleaning machines, one of the best ways to protect your floor is to get the right equipment, click below to browse Bissell Big Green Floor Machines.
What Causes Streaks & Smear Marks When Polishing Floors?
There are a few causes of streaks and smear marks. You should consider what you are using to wax or polish the floor. If an existing treatment wasn’t removed, it might because streaks or smears as you clean. Or if the the wax/polish wasn’t able to dry, this could also causing streaking or smearing. One thing to consider is the wax, polish, or other cleaning items you are using on the floors. Always make sure to check their manufacturing information before you start cleaning. Make sure that the wax or polish you have bought is right for the floor material you are cleaning as well as the machine you are using. One thing you can also consider is seeing if the floor machine you are using has recommended detergents, waxes, and polish.
Why Is My Floor Getting Scratched While I Polish It?
One of the most common causes of scratches is debris attached to the brush, scrubbing, or polish pad. Between cleanings it is very important that you clean brushes and pads. For example, Bissell BigGreen Commercial’s BGFS650 comes with machine washable microfiber polish pads. If dirt or debris is left on the surface of these pads, it can cause scratches. Sometimes if you don’t clean the floors in advance with brushes & vacuuming, dirt can attach to the polish pads as well. The most important things you can do is ensure that pads and brushes are cleaned between use and to do the adequate pre-cleaning before you treat your floors. At a certain point, you may want to consider buying replacement pads or brushes if you are noticing signs of damage. Pads and brushes are rotating extremely fast, and improper use can lead to damage.
Another thing to consider is how you are polishing your floors. Going to slow and keeping the brush or pad spinning on the same surface for too long can also lead to scratches and damage. Many machines have recommendations on the appropriate speed you should clean at. For example, the BGFS650 is designed to clean 1 square meter every single minute.
Why Is The Floor So Slippery After Polishing It?
While it is common to experience some decreased friction after polishing or waxing a floor, good polish or wax that is designed for floors are designed to provide a glossy finish with adequate friction. Make sure that polish or wax you are using is designed to be used on flooring. Some wax or polish is designed for furniture or other items. The formula for that wax or polish is designed to produce a high-sheen polish and potentially less friction.
Why Is My Floor Not Glossy After Polishing It?
Different floor cleaning solutions produce different results. That said, not all floor materials are capable of having a high-sheen glossy finish. Depending on your floor material, you can wait for your first application to dry and then add a second coat, or you can consider changing your polish or wax to get better results.
Shop For Commercial Floor Waxing And Polishing Equipment
If you are interested in floor scrubbing, cleaning, and waxing equipment, we have a variety of machines here at Bissell Big Green Commercial as well as pads, brushes, and other attachments. If you would like a recommendation on your cleaning equipment, please contact our tream.