Easily one of your facility’s largest (and most expensive) assets, your floors need to be properly maintained to ensure that they will last as long as possible. Proper floor care is essential for maintaining both the appearance and durability of your commercial floors. It is not enough to simply sweep and mop your floors every day. You should put in place a comprehensive floor care program to ensure that you get the most out of your investment.
One of the best ways to implement a long-term floor care program is to hire a professional floor care company that understands how to properly maintain a variety of floor types. A qualified floor care professional will have the proper equipment, chemicals, knowledge, and experience to help you put together and implement a comprehensive floor care program.
Commercial floors come in a huge variety of materials and understanding how to care for your type of floor is extremely important. Professional floor care contractors will know not only how to determine what type of material your floor is made of but how to properly care for it as well.
VCT Tile Floor Maintenance
This resilient tile flooring is very durable and with proper care and maintenance will retain its appearance for years to come. Daily sweeping and dust mopping is essential to prevent the build-up of dirt and debris which can damage the tile’s finish. A damp mop or scrubber should then be used with a low-impact cleaner to remove any remaining particulate. VTC tile flooring should be regularly scrubbed with a scrubbing machine using a properly diluted cleaning solution and then rinsed with clean water. Once dry, these floors can be spray buffed or burnished to a high-gloss finish.
Ceramic Tile Floor Care
Ceramic tile flooring is relatively easy to maintain and with proper maintenance will deliver years of service. Like VCT tile, ceramic tile needs regular sweeping and mopping to remove dust and dirt which can dull and scratch the finish. The real trick with ceramic tiles is not the tile itself, but the grout lines between tiles. Over time, grout will inevitably become dirty and discolored.
How often your grout will need to be cleaned depends on the amount of foot traffic your floors receive. Your floor maintenance contractor will be able to help you determine a proper cleaning interval and will have the tools and experience to clean your grout lines quickly and efficiently.
Concrete Floor Maintenance
Again, daily sweeping and mopping are important to keep your concrete flooring in good shape. This is particularly true of polished concrete floors. In addition, concrete floors require regularly scheduled deep cleanings which typically involve machine scrubbers and professional application of cleaning agents. Like VCT tile, concrete floors can be sealed and burnished to provide higher shine and longer life.
Stone Floor Care
Stone floors come in a variety of materials each with its own unique maintenance requirements. Marble, slate, travertine, and granite are all popular choices for stone flooring and each has unique physical properties that require specialized maintenance programs. In addition, stone floors can be susceptible to chemical damage, so hiring a professional is always a wise choice. Floorcare professionals will know which chemicals are safe for your particular type of stone and will ensure that your floors receive the care that they need.
Wood Floor Care
Wood floors are both beautiful and expensive, they are also very susceptible to damage. Regular sweeping is recommended and cleaning with appropriate wood floor cleaning agents will help to protect your wood floors. But in the long-run, you will want to work with your floor care specialist to have your wood floors properly cleaned and polished. Regular cleaning and polishing will not only keep your wood floors looking great, but it will also make them last for many years to come.