If your business or office has an outdated floor due to wear and tear and can no longer be sufficiently cleaned it may be time to look at alternatives available in today’s market. Gator Cleaning Solutions correctly prices new job bids and avoids underestimating the materials you need. It is important to have an understanding of commercial flooring materials and how those materials age. In addition, it will be beneficial to know how to keep your new floors from aging prematurely as well as the required maintenance that will be needed. Gator Cleaning Solutions understands what treatments will best restore a floor to avoid promising impossible results to new and existing clients. In this two part blog find out what special services are necessary to help keep carpet, wood, laminate and linoleum in great shape as they age and experience wear and tear. With this information you can make an educated decision about which floors offer the best possibility for your business.
Like all flooring, the life cycle of carpet is determined by the environment it is in. Carpet in high-traffic areas and entryways will age faster but with the proper care can usually have a useable life span of 10 or more years, according to the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) a nonprofit carpet industry trade group. With carpet it will be necessary to do deep cleaning routinely, depending on what type of environment your facility is, for example a restaurant will need deep cleaning once a month where as a dentist’s office or doctor’s office may only need deep cleaning once a year. Whether your carpet will require monthly or yearly, deep cleaning is the key to keeping carpets looking good and prolonging their viability. Your cleaning company will want to stay ahead of any problems especially in high traffic areas to prevent permanent traffic lanes or fading. If you begin to see soil levels build up, you’ve waited too long.
Carpet treatments can vary quite a bit based of the material the carpet is made of from simple shampooing to using dry foam or a combination of products and methods. It is generally recommended using a hot water extraction process with a mild detergent or crystal clear carbonation solution. The idea is to remove the soil with a water based cleaning solution often after pre-conditioners are used to soften up dirt. With this particular method, dirt is extracted using a rotating power device. The most important thing is to avoid leaving any residue on the carpet which will create a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. If clients are resistant to paying for regular cleaning treatments they may be open to treating certain parts of the carpet. If this is the client’s choice and regular maintenance workers spot-treat carpet in between deep cleanings, it is important to rinse the area thoroughly to avoid leaving a soapy residue which can cause area to become discolored.
Wood flooring can have an exceptional lifespan sometimes as long as 100 years or older according to Builder magazine. It is a very good choice for high traffic areas and requires regular sweeping, mopping and other cleaning methods. In addition, it needs to routinely undergo more intense procedures including refinishing and stripping when regular cleaning won’t restore its luster.
Clients with wood floors usually redo the process every few years as sealers usually last more than a year but when it does become clear that it is time to refinish the floors, cleaning companies must be careful to approach the process very carefully. You must ensure the floor is dust and debris free after properly prepping it. If that is not done, the floor could be left with dimples when it dries and the job will have to be redone. If the floor is not prepped and the finish applied correctly it will need to be entirely redone. It is best to hire a professional company with experience in flooring to do this task when it needs to be done.
If scratches, nicks or other damage is done to the wood, it will need to be sanded down and refinished but with grime or other residue all you will need is a machine to clean and polish and remove scuffs and other marks. It will not be necessary to replace the whole floor for some small imperfections.
This all makes wood floors a truly great choice for clients that are looking for long term durability and easy maintenance .
If you or your business need a floor maintenance program that will help extend the life of your flooring please give Gator Cleaning Solutions a call at 813-929-1122!