Sticky floor? Try mopping with just water

Are your floors sticky even after they’ve been mopped?

It’s a common problem; too much chemical (too concentrated) has been used on a floor and the build up is a result of not rinsing it properly.

Why does this happen?

  1. Cleaners think MORE is better (incorrect)
  2. Time restraints so they don’t rinse thoroughly (removing the excess chemical they’ve just put down!)
  3. Using a d-limonene based chemical to clean the floors (not great on varnished or plastic floors) – sometimes the key ingredient in citrus based cleaners

Wood floor sticky


Terry Holland, chemist at Selden Research, has this sounds advice;

‘If they have used a floor product with d-limonene in and used it too concentrated and not rinse the product, it can leave chemicals residues which go sticky over time.

If this is the case use hot water and scrub and squeegee the floor to remove the residue.

Types of floor

If the floors are varnished, a d-limonene based chemical will soften the floor finish causing it to go sticky. The floor will need to be sanded back and re-varnished.

If the floor is a plastic floor, a d-limonene based chemical could damage the surface of the floor. Ultimately, this damage would be beyond repair and would need a new floor.

This is a common issue with all d-limonene based products when used on floors.’

It might be wise to check if your floor cleaning product has d-limonene in its formula.

Moving forward

We would suggest using F010 (Multi-purpose Cleaner) after the floor has been cleaned and scrubbed with warm water as a daily floor cleaning chemical.

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