If you clean your floors daily, you can keep them free of soil and most germs, which will create a pleasant environment for your customers and employees. But it takes more than simple cleaning to preserve the look of your floors. Whether you have ceramic tiles, vinyl tiles, or even hardwood planks, the key to prolonging the life of your floors is encouraging good floor maintenance behaviors among your staff.
Clean Spills Quickly
Some cleaning chemicals and acid liquids, such as juice and soda, are so strong that they'll strip the surface from your floor if you don't remove them before they dry. As such, you should teach your employees the importance of cleaning spills as soon as they happen. Make sure that they do a thorough job by cleaning under appliances and into hidden corners. If you leave spills on the surface to dry, the liquid can eat into the protective layers of your floors and eventually rot the flooring material underneath. If your floors are damaged in this way, you may have to replace them prematurely.
Be Careful When Moving Heavy Objects
If you or your employees drag chairs and tables across your floors, you can scratch the surface. To avoid this, you should use a dolly or other rolling transport when you're moving pallets of inventory or large cases of supplies. If you have to move heavy furniture, you should enlist multiple people to lift and move these pieces. When an object scrapes across the floor, it removes a little of the floor's protective surface. If you use the right transport techniques, you can prevent this damage from happening.
Apply Protective Pads to Furniture Legs
You should apply protective felt pads to the bottom of chair and table legs. Inexpensive adhesive felt pads made for furniture stick on in seconds and can save the surface of your floor around the furniture. Your customers likely drag chairs around your floor without even realizing it, but with protective pads on the bottom, the chair legs will be less destructive to the floor surface.
Avoid Abrasive Scrubbers
Keeping your floor's finish in good condition is an important part of floor maintenance. Heavy-duty abrasive scrubbing pads may make your floors look good immediately after use, but each time you scrub your floors with these tools, you're stripping off a small layer of the floor's protective surface. A nonabrasive option like Kaivac's OmniFlex AutoVac can clean the same heavily soiled areas while still being gentle on your floors and helping to prolong the life of your finish.
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