What Types of Floors Can You Clean with a Floor Scrubber?

Using a floor scrubber is a great way to transform dirty floors in your home or workplace, making them showroom fresh in a short span of time. It’s important though, that you do your research before you start cleaning a range of floors with a floor cleaning machine, to avoid damaging any floor surfaces or the floor scrubber itself.

You might be wondering, then, what types of floors can you clean with your floor scrubber, and just as importantly, which types of floors should you avoid cleaning with a scrubber?

In this piece, we’ll break down the wide range of surfaces that can be cleaned with your floor scrubber machine, as well as floor surfaces that can be harmed with the wrong chemicals, brushes or pads fitted to your floor scrubber.

What Types of Floors Can You Clean with a Floor Scrubber?

A typical floor scrubber is effective at lifting dirt and stains from a wide range of floor surfaces, including:

  • Vinyl & Lino
  • Tiles
  • Slates
  • Terracotta tiles
  • Smooth concrete
  • Marble
  • Cork
  • Granite
  • Travertine
  • Ceramic and Porcelain tiles
  • Limestone
  • Epoxy non-slip floors
  • Rubber

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Virtually any hard floor surface can be cleaned and returned to their showroom finish.

It’s clear to see, then, that floor scrubber machines remain effective for nearly all common types of floors. Virtually any hard floor surface can be cleaned and returned to their showroom finish. If you can mop it, you can clean it with a scrubber machine with far superior results, in a significantly shorter period of time.

If you would like to read a more detailed breakdown on the best pad, brushes and chemical combinations for each specific type of floor, you can read our informative guide here which covers all the major areas mentioned above.

Types of Floor Surfaces You Should Avoid Cleaning with a Floor Scrubber

While floor scrubbers remain one of the most effective methods of removing dirt and stains from your floors, they have their limitations when it comes to cleaning some floor surfaces. As a general rule, it’s not advised to use any type of floor scrubber machine on:

  • Carpeted floors
  • Unsealed concrete floors

The reason for avoiding cleaning surfaces like carpeted floors is that they can quite easily get caught up in the machinery, and either damage the floor surface itself, or the machinery that you’re using. On the other side of the equation, we generally advise against cleaning unsealed concrete and pavers is because they require large volumes of water to be cleaned effectively.

As a result, a portable floor scrubber – which is designed to be water efficient – simply doesn’t offer the volumes of water that porous floors require to be properly cleaned. Rather than resulting in any physical damage to the floor scrubber, cleaning highly porous surfaces with a floor scrubber can be a waste of your time and requires equipment offering far more water and pressure than a floor scrubber can muster.

As we wrap up, it’s important to remember that not all floor types are tolerant of the same chemicals, and the same applies to the types of pads and brushes that you’re using with your floor scrubber.

If you are not sure if you’re using the right equipment and products on your floor, please check the manufacturer’s guidelines for your floor scrubber, and refer to the comprehensive guide we’ve listed above for more information.