If you think cleaning hard-surface floors is a walk in the park, then this article may give you cause to change your mind. Hard-surface floors are, contrary to expectation, very demanding when it comes to cleaning. Cleaning, in this case, being a catch-all term for the many different methods one can use in doing so.
Learning about what goes into cleaning hard-surface floors will lead you to a valuable insight i.e. such floors require professional cleaning. Proper cleaning not only gives your floor a beautiful fresh sheen but also ensures that it will last for years to come. Types of hard-surface cleaning methods include;
The goal of preventative cleaning is to inhibit soil from making its way into your premises. While you might have to do some light cleaning, the primary aim here is to take preventative measures. The most effective measure in this case being matting.
80% of the dirt that makes its way into your premises is brought in through the front door. A problem that can be easily taken care of by using the right mat. A 12-15 foot mat is capable of capturing up to 80% of the aforementioned soil.
That is quite impressive as a preventative measure. The percentage further rises in the case of 39-feet walk off mats which can capture up to 98% of this soil. It therefore pays to have a good mat in place before you start wondering which cleaning technique to use.
The go-to cleaning method for most companies is mopping. While this method might give your floor the appearance of cleanliness, we at Bravo! don’t endorse it. Continually dipping the mop in the dirty water while you clean only succeeds in spreading the dirt further around your premises.
Instead of engaging in this unfruitful exercise, why not do some hard-surface vacuuming. This cleaning technique will ensure that all the dirt will be picked up from the floor surface rather than being merely displaced. In the event you have to use a mop, go for a steam or microfiber mop given it will do the job more efficiently.
Once the preventative measures are in place and you daily cleaning regimen has been improved, the next step would be interim cleaning.
Interim cleaning may require you to burnish you floor i.e. buffing. A procedure that will most likely require you to hire professionals to do it properly. Buffing takes two forms, namely spray buffing and dry buffing.
Spray buffing involves the use of a buffing machine and a liquid which dry buffing does not. Both processes involves the use of machines that rotate up to 1000RPM. The frequency with which you buff your premises is determined by several factors including;
- The extent on the daily cleaning.
- The sum of foot traffic
- The nature of the matting used at entryways
Buffing should ideally be done every few months.
The goal of deep cleaning is to restore your hard-surface to how it was originally.
- Top scrubbing and refinishing will serve to elide the dirty top surface layer and replace it with a new layer of finish.
- Stripping and refinishing will involve peeling off the top layer and placing a new finish in its stead.
Deep cleaning is intensive and should therefore only be done when its time is due.
Timing is everything
Various parts of your establishment, given their nature, may require deep cleaning at different times. You should therefore not hesitate to seek consultation from a professional on how best to set your cleaning schedule. We at Bravo! will always be available for such. In additional to our cleaning services, you can also count on us to perform efficient electrical upgrades and installs and HVAC maintenance. Get in touch with us today.