Guide to Floor Maintenance

Christmas and New Year have come and gone, with some employees returning to offices, and the temperatures getting lower, here is your comprehensive Guide to Floor Maintenance. 

We might not think about our floors also bearing the brunt of colder temperatures, but just like you (and your home) your commercial property also feels the chill of winter – particularly the flooring.

Luckily, the experts at ServiceMaster Clean have created this simple spring cleaning guide to make your commercial floor maintenance easy. Use these tips and step-by-step instructions to mitigate potential weather damage that winter may bring and restore your facility’s floors to their former glory.

Hard Surfaces

There are many types of tile and hardwood commercial floors that can require slightly different cleaning techniques. This is a general guide to clean and maintain most hard floors in commercial buildings. However, you should always refer to your flooring manufacturer’s manual and test cleaning solutions in a small, inconspicuous area before starting to avoid large or costly damages.

First, sweep away visible debris to remove larger particles from the floor’s surface. Then, use a semi-acidic floor cleaner or mix vinegar with water to neutralise and dissolve any remaining salt residue. Refer to product instructions for dilution ratios. Once the salt residue is suspended in the cleaner, use a mop to absorb the liquid.

If your floor’s finish has been damaged, use a stripper solution to cleanly remove it. Apply the solution and let it sit for about 15 minutes and add more as needed. Refer to the specific stripping product’s label for exact instructions.

A Safety Tip: Use floor fans and open windows to improve ventilation when working with harsh chemicals.

Use a little elbow grease and a scrubber to agitate the surface and strip the remaining finish. Then, mop up the liquid. Mop the floor again with clean water to remove any lingering chemicals from the cleaner and stripping solution. Let the floor dry completely and then apply two coats of sealing, and a few fresh coats of finish for a floor that looks as good as new.

Soft Surfaces

Soft surfaces are equally affected by salt, mud, and melting snow or ice – if not more so. Salt residue will leave a characteristic white and powdery residue on carpet surfaces, while melting snow and chemicals can soak deep into the fibres, and even the padding. If winter water damage goes untreated, mould and mildew can easily grow and spread, leading to much bigger problems long term.

How to Clean Commercial Carpets

Add absorbent doormats, umbrella stands and coat racks to your building’s entrance to reduce the amount of water that can reach your carpeted areas during the winter. When the weather is warmer, follow these steps to give your carpets a complete clean.

  • Vacuum visible dirt particles and debris.
  • Use water and a residue-removing cleaning solution to deeply clean your carpet.

Let the solution soak into the carpet for approximately 15 minutes. Refer to the specific product for dilution ratios.

  • Use a wet vacuum to remove the solution, oils and dissolved residue.
  • Rinse with clean water and suction it out with the wet vacuum. You may find that you need to repeat steps 2-4 depending on the amount of damage.
  • Use carpet fans to completely dry the floor.

The time, energy and heavy equipment required to effectively clean commercial carpets can be a burden for any business owner. If you need carpet cleaning or hard floor maintenance, let the experts at ServiceMaster Clean do the dirty work for you by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business here, or give us a call on 0845 201 1184.