Among the most ubiquitous of cleaning projects for any commercial cleaning staff, the cleaning of hard floors is a simple task. Even simple tasks can be done with excellence. Floors are one of the parts of a building that are the most interacted with, draw a lot of attention and are very visible. Cleaning them well is essential to keeping your client satisfied and maintaining your cleaning contract.
There are two basic types of hard flooring: resilient and non-resilient. Special care should be taken when cleaning each type.
Resilient floors live up to their names: they have an amount of give and a relative softness that makes them comfortable to stand on. This quality also makes them less durable that non-resilient flooring like tile, marble and hardwood. Chairs, furniture and other heavy or large objects may gouge, scratch or imprint the surface of resilient flooring.
To maintain resilient flooring, it is important to control soil, grit and dirt from building up and causing damage to the surface. Sweeping and mopping are effective cleaning methods. It is wise to use a nonabrasive cleaner or an all-purpose cleaning product.
While cleaning resilient floors:
- Avoid abrasive cleaners and tools or equipment that make blunt contact with hard components. Find a good all-purpose cleaner.
- Solvent-based polish, harsh detergents, paste wax and other products that create a shiny floor surface should be avoided.
- Consult the manufacturer’s recommendations if you are in doubt about how to properly clean a vinyl or other resilient floor surface.
Tile, marble, hardwood, stone and other solid flooring materials are referred to as non-resilient. They do not have the softness and give of resilient flooring. They do, however, have incredible durability, resistance to staining and scratching, and a long lifespan.
Keeping them looking new means keeping them clean. Make sure you understand what kind of non-resilient floor you are dealing with before cleaning it. Ceramic tile flooring, for instance, doesn’t require special cleaning products or care. Coarse tile or stone have unique needs and should be cleaned accordingly by a trained professional.
Cleaning non-resilient flooring begins with sweeping or gently vacuuming to remove dirt. Using a mild detergent or all-purpose cleaner mixed with warm water, wash the floors using a soft cloth or mop. Using a soft mop isn’t recommended, as they can force dirt and soil into grout or spaces between hardwood strips. Change the water as necessary. Buff dry and watch them shine!
Hard floors are meant to last. Keeping them clean improves their visual appeal and extends their life. Use proper cleaning products and techniques and the hard floors you service will look new for years.
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