Flooring is an important part of any business or commercial premises. Whether your floor is made from carpet, wood, tile or laminate, it’s always worth investing time and effort to ensure the floor is safe, secure and meets a high standard for staff, also for visiting clients and customers. With so much foot traffic on a daily basis, every floor gathers dust, dirt, and other allergens that may affect its appearance, or cause wear and tear in the long run.
You don’t just want your floor to be clean, you want it to be professionally maintained through high quality floor maintenance services. Read on to find out why this is so important.
Improper Floor Maintenance Can Do You More Harm Than Good
Depending on the level of work involved, a simple mop or vacuum may not be enough. Proper floor maintenance varies with every floor type and it is important to choose the best cleaning method to ensure the job is completed correctly.
Wet mopping is the most common type of floor cleaning, but it makes the floor slippery until completely dry.
While it’s by far the easiest and quickest type of cleaning, wet mopping is not the right choice for certain floor types such as wood and laminate, which can even become damaged and warped, leading to expensive repairs or, worse still, complete floor replacement.
Not knowing the proper treatment for your floor, or suitable cleaning chemicals to use, can result in safety hazards or hefty repair costs in the future. Even if it’s not an outright replacement, mopping hardwood surfaces, for example, can ruin the finish on the material. Ammonia, steam cleaners, vinegar, and other popular cleaning products sold in the supermarket are also not intended for hardwood floor maintenance. They will discolour, deteriorate, and dull the finish of your flooring – shortening its lifespan.
While wooden floors may be considered higher maintenance, laminate or tiles which seem more resilient demand proper care and attention too. Ceramic tiles, while the easiest to maintain, easily hide dirt and bacteria. Stone tiles like marble or natural stone are also tricky to clean due to the rough, porous surface. This is where care needs to be taken, as simple soap may not do the job, and acidic or alkaline cleaners can seriously damage the stone floor, which makes for a costly replacement.
Since the floor in your building is a big investment, it is important that you properly maintain it. Holding back on very modest professional cleaning costs may result in more expensive repair costs in the future, so don’t put it off.
Professional Floor Maintenance Improves Safety
Beyond dirty floors, visible small cracks and holes in the floor can cause tripping or falling, and often get worse over time, leading to real safety hazards. Your in-house cleaners may not have the eye or experience to notice minor evidence of floor damage, whereas professional cleaners and maintenance staff will fix problems before they get worse.
As professional floor maintenance contractors, we will always advise on how to keep your floors in the best condition, as well as competitively quoting for floor installation, maintenance, and restoration, including re-sealing, tiling, scratch removal, grouting, carpet cleaning, anti-slip treatments, and more.
In addition, simple cosmetic changes can give your commercial property a real overhaul and look significantly better.
It Can Increase the Value of the Property
The quality of your floor plays a huge factor in the property’s value. Regular floor maintenance services ensure that the floor quality is kept in good condition, and underlying risks or issues that could cause further damage in the future are addressed promptly.
In relation to this, experienced flooring technicians can help with floor installation, maintenance and even restoration. Old hardwood floors, highly sought after for their value and quality, can be sealed or coated when appearing dull or showing minor surface scratches. This will preserve and prolong the lifespan of an expensive floor.
These affordable and very simple procedures can make any floor look brand new, and even increase your property’s value – good news for any property owners or management companies.
Professional Floor Cleaners Use the Right Tools
Professional cleaners often utilise tools and machines to clean the floor, and carefully measure flooring when it’s changed or replaced. Remember, with large cleaning equipment, applying too much power or focusing on a single area could cause irreparable problems. Even the wrong cleaning solutions or chemicals could have a bad effect.
Buying your own industrial floor cleaning machine may not be practical because of the cost, especially when you don’t need to do it on a very regular basis. Moreover, they can be complicated to use, or may not be best suited to the kind of floor you have. There are also a lot of other factors to consider, such as the size of the area to be cleaned, the type of cleaning process that should be used, and the chemicals or treatment that needs to be applied. It’s far more practical to hire a professional floor maintenance company who will finish the job more thoroughly, and to a higher standard, since it’s what they do best.
Aside from preventing damage, any good commercial building and property maintenance company should work quickly and efficiently, minimising disruption and completing the job well without impacting staff or customers.
Save on Maintenance Costs
One of the great benefits of working with experienced property and flooring maintenance technicians is their ability to not only clean and maintain your floors thoroughly, but they can detect problems you don’t see.
We’ve corrected many new and potential problems during our years in operation. For example, if your floor is flooded with standing water, you may think that a simple mop and dry is enough to prevent the water from seeping in and damaging the floor. Aside from the wet carpet or warped walls, there’s potentially more damage lurking below the surface.
Undetected flood damage may result in cracked floor tiles, cupping hardwood floor, uneven or sunken parts, or floorboards becoming squeaky. These are common telltale signs that your subfloor is damaged. In this case, you might have to remove parts of the subfloor, install replacement parts and have new flooring installed. The repair costs can be high depending on the extent of the damage, and the floor material.
To mitigate any problems, you should instead consult with professional flooring and maintenance technicians who are experts in restoring damaged buildings after flooding has occured within the premises.
Remember, it’s never too late to start a flooring cleaning and maintenance routine. Save yourself the complications of floor maintenance and let qualified experts handle the job. Fill out our contact form and you can find out more about our services and what we can do for you.