Commercial Floor Cleaning: How, Why, and When
The hard surface floors in your facility are one of your greatest assets and keeping them clean and shiny is vital to your facility’s appearance. Commercial floor cleaning helps ensure that your floors always look their best and that the integrity of the flooring material remains intact for years to come. Knowing when to call in the professionals is the key to maintaining pristine commercial floors.
When To Use Commercial Floor Cleaning Services
Regardless of the type of hard surface flooring in your facility, over time the finish on your floors will begin to look dull. The most common reasons for dull floors are foot traffic, wax buildup, and improper cleaning products. Foot traffic in your facility brings in dirt and debris which can quickly scratch and dull the topcoat on your floors. Over-waxing your commercial floors can cause wax buildup which will also make your floors look dull. Finally, using cleaning agents that are too harsh can strip the topcoat from your commercial flooring and leave it dull and unprotected.
Types Of Commercial Floor Care Services
Even if your floors are well cared for, they will eventually lose their shine and require some commercial floor cleaning services. What type of service will depend on the amount of wear, the age of the flooring, and the degree of gloss desired. Commercial floor cleaning services tend to fall into two categories – a scrub and recoat (or top scrub) and stripping and waxing.
Scrub and recoat is a floor maintenance procedure that should be performed every four to six months depending on the amount of foot traffic and general wear that your floors receive. Stripping and waxing is a restorative procedure that is more labor-intensive and more costly.
Top scrubbing, or scrub and recoating will remove embedded dirt and soil without stripping the floor. This procedure typically removes the top layer or two of wax that is holding the embedded dirt. Top scrubbing helps to restore your floor’s luster and prolongs the need for full stripping. Once the dirt and debris are removed from these top layers of wax, a fresh coating of wax is applied and buffed to a high shine. Your commercial floors will look like new again and will enjoy the protection that a fresh coat of wax can provide.
Stripping And Waxing
While top scrubbing will help your floors maintain their shine for longer periods between stipping and waxings, you will eventually need to strip and wax your commercial flooring. If you have been diligent with top scrubbing on a regular basis you may be able to go eighteen months between stipping and waxing procedures. Without the added benefits that top scrubbing provides, your commercial flooring should be stripped and waxed at least once a year.
Stripping and waxing involves the removal of all layers of wax and finishes from the floors and then resealing and buffing the floors. It is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process that when done properly will restore your floors to their original, like-new appearance. Stripping and waxing are far and away the best way to ensure that your commercial flooring will maintain both its appearance and longevity.
Hiring Commercial Floor Cleaning Services
While you can perform commercial floor cleaning in-house it requires knowledge, experience, and appropriate equipment to do the job properly. Hiring a professional commercial floor care service ensures that your floors will be cared for properly regardless of the type of flooring in your facility. If your facility is in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, Complete Care Maintenance is the go-to source for professional commercial floor care services.