What are the best brushes or pad options for these 7 different floor types?

Are you wondering what applications all the different brushes and pads options for your floor scrubber are best suited to?

While the brushes and pads shown in this video are those from the i-mop, the same materials and pad colours are common to virtually and brand of floor scrubber - whether Tennant, Hako, Kaercher, Nilfisk, Conquest, Columbus or any of the other most common brands.

We unpack the best brush options or floor pads to use on 7 different types of floors.

1. Vinyl/Lino Floors

Many of the vinyls produced nowadays are factory sealed and don't require a topical sealer, as floors that require a topical sealer are becoming less common because they involve more maintenance. Regardless of which type you have, both types are best cleaned with pads rather than brushes as pads are far better at removing scuff marks than brushes.

The best pad for these types of floors would be your green twister pad. Alternatively, the next best option would be your red everyday cleaning pad, or if it's a bit more heavily soiled then you could go up to a blue heavy duty cleaning pad.

If it's a low traffic area, then the standard medium blue brushes would work fine and then perhaps periodically you could run over with the red or the blue pads to give them a bit of a deep clean.

In the video, you can see our traditional pads from white through to black, the darker they are the more aggressive they are. White is what we call a polishing pad, red and blue are your cleaning pads, and then green and black are more commonly used for stripping floors.

Our twister pads are diamond impregnated, which make them excellent for cleaning and polishing and last about five to six times longer than your traditional pads, however they are more expensive. The twister range have quite a broad range, however we only stock two to keep it simple.

The green pad we use for our clean and polishing, and orange is our deep cleaning pad. Another great pad for deep cleaning is your melamine pads, they're excellently padded, especially for your lighter coloured vinyl floors or any other sort of smooth floor.

You can't use it on anything aggressive as it will rip it up but great pad for a white vinyl floor. Finally, in the traditional pad range I wouldn't recommend going any coarser than blue, unless you're needing to strip a topical sealer off the floor.

2. Concrete Floors

If it's a rough finished concrete then either the medium blue brush is best suited, or the hard red brush. If it's a smooth polished concrete then your green twister pads are the best option, otherwise your red or your blue cleaning pad depending on the level of soiling. If you're needing to remove hard chunks like, dried dough on a bakery floor, then your harder brushes are the better option.


3. Ceramic & Porcelain Tiles

When it comes to ceramic or porcelain tiles, if it's a shiny glazed finish then the medium blue brushes are the best option but be careful using any pads on a high gloss tile as you could risk leaving some scratches on the floor. Remember that brushes are a good allrounder for tiles as they get into the grout lines a lot better.

However, if it has a matte finish or is slightly textured then pads will be a better option, as pads always give you a better surface clean than brushes. A good idea is to switch between using your pads when doing the surface to get a good surface clean and then switch to your brushes to get into the grout lines.

To conclude, the green twister pads would be your best option, then your red-blue or even your green depending on the soil load on the floor.

4. Natural Stone

For natural stone floors like terrazzo, marble or limestone, the green twister pads are the best option as they'll help maintain and improve the gloss levels. If it's a low traffic area, then the medium brushes or red pads are fine for regular cleaning and maintenance.

5. Epoxy-no-slip

Epoxy non-slip floors are commonly used in commercial kitchens to help with the slip rating and the best option for these floors are either your soft blue brush or your medium blue brush. Avoid using harder brushes on a very aggressive as the brushes wear faster than softer brushes.


6. Timber Floors

If it's a high gloss timber floors, then use either your soft light blue brushes or your white polishing pads and if it's a matte finish hardwood timber floor then the medium blue brushes are fine.

7. Rubber Floors

Rubber floors are commonly used in gyms and the best option for these floors are natural fibre brushes. Natural fibre on a rubber floor creates less friction and therefore less load on the machine compared to your traditional poly brushes. Poly brushes on a rubber floor create a lot more friction and therefore more load on the machine.


As you can see there's no one size that fits all, each floor has its own characteristics, however we've just tried to give you a general overview of the best mainstream solutions. If you're still unsure we'd always recommend testing any brush pad or cleaning solution in a small inconspicuous area first.

For any further questions please feel free to contact us directly.