Consider a typical restroom floor with either one- or twelve-inch squares with grout between each tile. What we are describing here is a floor that has worn down over a period of time. Without a protective glaze the tile will be difficult to keep clean. It may need to be replaced or possibly sealed in some way if the tile has become too porous. The floor looks dirty even after it is mopped.  

Have you observed the worker’s cleaning habits? Is the mop and mop water clean? Does he/she rinse with a clean mop and water? Are they using microfiber flat mops or traditional thick mops?  

I recommend a schedule of daily cleaning along with a periodic task schedule of machine scrubbing to keep re-soiling under control. 

Based on how large the restrooms are, consider using either a grout machine or a rotary floor brush on a floor machine. Another option is to either rent or purchase a combined pressure washer with a built-in vacuum in the housing to inject and remove solution in one step.  

For small rest rooms a swivel pad holder on a handle with either a brush or an aggressive pad attached should work in a limited space.

Once it is clean, make sure that the worker is changing mop water often enough to avoid the mistake of moving dirt from one area to another. A clean mop head and clean mop water are essential.

Rotate your neutral detergent with water once per week and periodically use a strong product like stripper. Remember to rinse with clean water.

By observation of daily traffic, determine how often the floor will have to be scrubbed to maintain the appearance you desire. Also, use a floor mat to catch soil.

Your comments and questions are important.  I hope to hear from you soon.  Until then, keep it clean.

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years.  He is a trainer, speaker and consultant.  You can reach Mickey at 678.314.2171 or