Now that spring is here, it’s time to do some cleaning! There’s no better place to start than the surface your employees and customers use the most, the flooring.
The experts at ServiceMaster Twin Cities offer the following guide for commercial floor care aimed at businesses that want to go the DIY route. And for professional, no-hassle maintenance services, call us today to schedule your next cleaning so you can focus on what you do best.
Identify Priority Areas
The first step for proper commercial floor care is to identify higher traffic areas in your facility. This includes entranceways, waiting rooms, main walkways, and bathrooms – all areas that will need particular attention because:
- Surfaces in these places tend to be more susceptible to wear and tear due to higher levels of foot traffic (especially due to winter conditions).
- Well-maintained floors offer more secure footing and prevent your organization from being held liable due to slips and falls (more common due to spring precipitation).
- A clean floor creates a positive first impression and will be one of the first things that people notice when they come to your building.
Address Hard Surfaces
If you used ice-melt, sand, and/or rock salt to mitigate snow and ice buildup outside your facility, chances are there’s plenty of it inside your facility. This will be especially noticeable near the front entrance ways, where the greatest damage often occurs. Look for dull and scratched surfaces, which may be exacerbated by the chemical debris that strips protective finishes and leaves residue behind.
To bring these surfaces back to life, the following is a general guide that you can follow to clean and maintain most hard floors in commercial buildings:
- Sweep away visible debris.
- Use a semi-acidic floor cleaner or mix vinegar with water to neutralize and dissolve any remaining salt residue.
- Use a mop to absorb the liquid. This may take several passes with fresh water to completely remove all trace chemicals.
- If your finish of the floor has been damaged, use a stripper solution to cleanly remove it. Apply the solution and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Refer to the specific stripping product’s label for exact instructions for proper usage.
- Look over the surface and address any lingering spots manually with a scrubber to agitate the surface and strip the remaining finish. Once satisfied, mop up the liquid.
- Mop the floor with clean water to remove any lingering chemicals from the cleaner and stripping solution.
- Let the floor dry completely. Use open windows and floor fans to improve ventilation.
- Last, apply two coats of sealing and a few fresh coats of finish to prepare your hard surfaces for the spring season ahead.
As with any cleaning operation, you should always refer to your flooring manufacturer’s manual for proper cleaning. Also, be sure to test cleaning solutions in a small, inconspicuous area before starting large areas to avoid costly damages.
Cleaning Commercial Carpets
Carpets obviously require different cleaning methods than hard surfaces. Here’s what you should keep in mind when it comes to commercial carpet cleaning:
- Because carpets are susceptible to mold, choose a dry day to clean carpets for the best results
- Vacuum every surface for dirt particles and debris, which may be dug into the carpet or visible.
- Deep clean the carpet with water and a residue-removing cleaning solution. Allow for the solution to soak into the carpet for approximately 15 minutes. Refer to the specific product label for appropriate dilution ratios.
- Use a steam cleaner or wet vacuum to remove the solution, oils, and dissolved residue.
- Rinse the carpet with clean water and suction it out with the wet vacuum. You may need to repeat this process to completely remove lingering residue and cleaning chemicals.
- Use carpet fans and open windows to completely dry the floor.
Call ServiceMaster Twin Cities for Professional Floor Maintenance
The time, energy, and heavy equipment it takes to effectively get your business’s flooring up to tip-top shape can be a burden for any business owner – especially when business picks back up in the spring. That’s why calling ServiceMaster Twin Cities for your commercial floor care is a cost-effective and efficient way to make a great impression on your guests and customers. Contact us today to schedule your next cleaning this spring season!