Maintaining floor finish is an important aspect of the cleaning regimen for any business, as dirty or dull floors create an unappealing atmosphere for employees and visitors alike. However, some common misconceptions about the best method for keeping floors looking like new can cost businesses a lot of time and money. Modern advances in floor cleaning technology can provide economical alternatives to traditional refinishing and automatic scrubbers.
Problems with Traditional Floor Maintenance
Keeping a floor looking like new can be a difficult task, especially for businesses that deal with a lot of foot traffic. Traditional cleaning techniques can work for a while, but eventually the finish starts to fade, making the floor look less appealing and raising the possibility of real floor damage that can't be undone.
One common solution is stripping off the finish and reapplying it, but this process is inefficient on several levels. First, refinishing a floor is expensive, in terms of both the chemicals used and the massive amount of time it takes to do it right. Second, if the job isn't done correctly, the new finish can exhibit all kinds of problems—like the formation of bubbles, applicator streaks, alligatoring, cratering, peeling, and uneven levels—all of which mean that the floor will have to be refinished again. Finally, even if the finish is properly applied, the resulting floor can be slippery for a while, creating a dangerous situation for your workplace.
Some businesses will turn to autoscrubbers or similar devices to ensure that the floor remains as clean as possible and extend the life of the finish, but these solutions aren't without their problems. These machines are extremely expensive and use dangerous chemicals and harsh scrubbing pads to remove dirt and grime from the floor.
Finding Effectiveness without the Cost
For businesses, the perfect solution is finding the middle ground between mops, which don't truly get the floor clean, and professional autoscrubbers, which are prohibitively expensive. Cleaning systems like the OmniFlex AutoVac can provide that middle ground.
While mops do little more than just spread dirt and grime across the floor, the AutoVac has the power to ensure that the right amount of chemicals are distributed evenly across the floor and that the soiled solution is completely removed. These systems are designed with ease of use in mind, so using an AutoVac is no more complex than using a mop, ensuring that employees will have no reason to cut corners when cleaning the floor.
Additionally, when tested by the TURI Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the AutoVac removed up to 99.8 percent of targeted soil. This makes the system far more effective than a new microfiber mop, which only removed 50.9 percent of soil, and even slightly more effective than an autoscrubber, which removed 99.4 percent.
This makes the AutoVac by far the most economical choice, since it provides results similar to an autoscrubber at less than 20 percent of the price. These systems also have far fewer moving parts than an autoscrubber, making it less likely that the unit will fail—and it's simple for an employee to troubleshoot and fix.
When compared to the constant, expensive cycle of stripping and refinishing a floor, choosing an AutoVac system for maintaining floor finish for as long as possible should be an obvious choice for any business.
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