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How do I clean non-slip flooring?

There are any number of reasons why you would have invested in a specialised non-slip floor for your Liverpool home or business. In this diverse city, maybe you live with vulnerable space-users such as the elderly, the very young, or people with disabilities. Maybe your business is one where there is a lot of thoroughfare, or you work with liquids, foods or other materials that can get sticky or slippery underfoot. Whatever the reason, you probably have in mind the safety of people around you, and you probably also want to be able to keep your home or business looking spick and span.

The problem with non-slip flooring made of stone, tile, rubber or specialised vinyl is that it is tough and abrasive. Of course, this is what makes it such a safe choice for Liverpool, but it also poses a bit of a challenge in the cleaning department. However, you need not despair; follow these easy cleaning tips to keep those floors shipshape:

1. Good old elbow grease

For light to moderate staining, try sprinkling washing powder over the area (the sort that you might use for your laundry), and using a deck scrubbing brush and some warm water, work the area by hand little by little and in a circular motion to lift the dirt. Once the dirt is lifted, rinse well with clean water and leave to dry.

2. Know your dirt

For more ingrained dirt, you might need an approach that tackles the specific sort of dirt gripping to your floor. Some oil-based soiling may need a mild ammonia solution to lift dirt which is impervious to water-based detergents alone. Tough stains caused by syrups, glues, pastes, or other materials with high viscosity might need more than one treatment.

3. Steam it out

If you still have no luck, consider hiring a steamer to lift engrained dirt out of the crevices of the floor to make it easier to pick up with a mop. Scrubber dryer machines are also fantastic for dirt that really does not shift. They work by dislodging ingrained dirt, washing the floor, and drying it. For a one-off deep clean, these are more economical than mopping alone.

4. Maintenance is key

In order to maintain a newly cleaned non-slip floor, it’s really important to keep cleaning it with the right equipment. A conventional rag mop will do the job, as it’s quite hardy, and is a superior choice to the fibre or foam-based mops available on the market. If your floor is large, or you think you need to deep clean it often, consider investing in a specialised microfiber rough surface mop. These are designed specifically for non-slip floors and usually have a longer lifespan than other mops. They are widely available and come in a range of mop-head sizes to suit your needs.

With these simple actions, there is no reason why you cannot keep your Liverpool non-slip floor in tip-top condition for years to come!

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