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Mastering the Art of Floor Cleaning: Beyond Cleaning Equipment Selection

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Cleaning is more than just a chore; it’s an essential task that shapes our daily lives. A clean environment not only provides a safe, hygienic space but also significantly impacts our overall health and well-being. May it be at home, in your office, or at your workplace, cleanliness plays a crucial role in creating a positive first impression on your friends, family, and clients alike.

In this article we’ll be focusing on how you could actually improve the efficiency & effectiveness in cleaning your floors. Sure we both know that all you have to do is just use a machine and all your troubles are gone in a jiffy but that’s all about cleaning equipment selection which have already been explained here in our article 10 Factors To Consider When Purchasing A Floor Cleaning Machine. This article will go deeper past that and here you shall learn about what actually affects the result of floor cleaning, giving you a better understanding of how it is done.

Factors that influence the outcome of a floor cleaning process:

  1. Agitation: The Power of Motion

    Agitation is the action of a physical motion done with an agitator, in this case it would be a brush for floor cleaning processes. The physical movement is done to dislodge dirt and debris or remove stains from a plane. Motion ranges from circular motion, back-and-forth or even vibration with the help of powered cleaning tools.

    Agitation can be done in different frequencies, improving the agitating process and can be differentiated into continuous or intermittent agitation. The number of passes during the agitation process over a same area also increases the success rate of breaking the bond between the dirt and surface plane. The type and intensity of agitation needed varies depending on the floor material and level of soiling which then also determines the roughness of the agitator used.

  2. Pressure: The Cleaning Force

    An applied downward force exerted on the agitator during cleaning. This is done through exerting energy from your bare hands, typically present during manual cleaning. This plays a significant role in helping the agitator make proper contact with the floor surface.

    A downward pressure can also be obtained using weights through gravitational force, easily providing  pressure without any extra energy  needed. A great example would be the weight of a cleaning equipment such as a scrubbing machine. External weight accessories can also be added for more scrubbing pressure if needed, this is especially true for Upekkha’s SD400WS floor scrubber machine.

  3. Medium Carrier: The Chemical Component

    A medium carrier is typically a cleaning solution that acts as a vehicle for removing dirt and can also provide additional cleaning power through chemical reaction. The choice of medium carrier depends on the floor and soil type. For instance, acidic cleaners might be used for mineral deposits on tile, while neutral pH cleaners are often preferred for routine cleaning of most floor types.

    One has to be careful if the cleaning detergent they use for the wrong one may cause permanent damage to your flooring. This is true as we have seen a lot of our clients coming to us for consultation on their damaged flooring just because they’ve used the wrong products based on reviews on social media.

The Interplay of Factors:

These three factors interplay and are considered as manipulating factors rather than constant. For example, a highly effective cleaning solution might reduce the need for intense agitation or pressure. Conversely, increased agitation and pressure might allow for the use of milder, more environmentally friendly cleaning solutions. 


Mastering the art of floor cleaning goes beyond simply choosing the right equipment. By understanding and optimizing the factors of Agitation, Pressure, and Medium Carrier, you can achieve more efficient and effective cleaning results. This knowledge can lead to cleaner surfaces, reduced cleaning time, and potentially lower costs in terms of labor and cleaning materials.

Remember, every floor is unique, and finding the perfect balance of these factors may require some experimentation. At Upekkha, we’re committed to helping you achieve the best results. If you need advice or have any questions about the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We offer free consultation to ensure you’re getting the most out of your cleaning routine!

Stay tuned for more insights on professional cleaning techniques and equipment usage. Clean smarter, not harder!