It's a nobrainer that we need to regularly vacuum the carpeted areas in our workplace.
We often forget, however, to properly clean our hard-working tile, laminate, and hardwood floors. We chose them for their low-maintenance beauty, but low-maintenance isn't no-maintenance if you want your flooring to continue to put its best foot forward. "With today’s advances in flooring stains and finishes," the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) says, "cleaning your wood floors has never been easier." The same applies to laminate and tile.
To help your floors live a long and happy life, practice these four tips for proper floor maintenance:
1. Sweep often to minimize scratches from sand, dirt, and debris: Regular maintenance requires little more than sweeping with a soft bristle broom or vacuuming with a soft floor attachment.
2. Place floor mats or rugs at entry points: A well-chosen, rubber-backed mat can capture up to 90% of the dirt and sand that might otherwise land on your flooring. During rainy and snowy seasons, an entryway mat or rug can also capture moisture that can cause customers to slip and fall.
3. Mop spills immediately: With the exception of tiles like ceramic or porcelin, standing water or other liquids can damage flooring and sub-flooring and cause staining, buckling, or warping. Besides the possible damage spills are also an extreme safety hazard and, as such, should be taken care of as soon as possible.
4. Avoid applying too much finish: Too much floor finish can dull the beauty of your floors if not applied properly. It can also become much harder to remove if too much finish is applied. Instead of just applying finish, consider having your floors high speed burnished every few months. Regular burnishing by a competent professional can protect your floor's finish, remove harmful residue, and restore its luster and shine.
Investing in beautiful flooring is a great first step. Maintaining your tile, laminate, and wood floors is the next one. ServiceMaster Quality Services' team of trained professionals can help your floors put their best foot forward and keep it there. Contact us to discuss a cleaning schedule that fits your business' needs and budget.