A Guide to Commercial Hard Floor Cleaning
There is no definitive description of how to clean hard flooring in commercial buildings other than each cleaning schedule should be practicable, fit for purpose for the particular flooring and take into account the frequency the floor requires cleaning.
Most commercial hard floor cleaning should be undertaken on a daily basis. The cleaning regime should contain dusts removal and a light damp clean. This basic level of service will help to maintain a positive appearance for the floor as well as removing any surface soiling and contaminates.
The service level required will change from site to site and should be tailored to suit the specific requirements of the site, its use and the flooring type.
If you’re commercial floor is looking very poor or dirty the chances are, you will need to adjust either the frequency of cleaning or the method of delivery. It may be that the product being used is unsuitable for the level of soiling or the type of flooring.
Some products will be very effective for some hard floors and produce excellent results, however may prove unsuitable or even detrimental for other types. A good approach would be to research what the flooring is and choose a specific product for that flooring rather than buy a generic product for floors.
For example a product that would work well on a polished wood or Vinyl floor that may contain some form of polish enhancer would ultimately leave a naturally polished stone or porcelain floor smeary.
Some common issues that cause an accumulation of soiling upon the floor surface are:
Inadequate entrance matting – Most dirt and dusts are transferred in from the outside pavement on shoes or delivery trolleys. A good entrance matt will trap and prevent a lot of the soiling from transferring onto the hard floor.
Inadequate cleaning frequency – Prevention is always better than cure, so ensure the dusts or soiling is removed daily.
Poor method of cleaning – including improper use of chemicals. Failing to refresh the cleaning solution/ water frequently will result in dirt’s being spread around rather than lifted off the flooring.
Safety Flooring in particular can prove difficult to keep clean without the right equipment. As the level of Health and Safety has become a priority in many commercial premises, flooring manufactures have produced non slip flooring to minimise the potential risks associated with slips and falls.
Slips, trips and falls contribute to a large number of work place accidents and safety flooring helps to prevent this issue.
The problem associated with this type of flooring is often how to keep its appearance clean and fresh. In a very short period of time even with a daily floor cleaning the flooring can start to accumulate soiling and appear dull and dirty.
Most manufactures of safety flooring recommend regular periodic or safety floor deep cleaning to ensure the flooring looks good and retains the level of performance that it was designed for.
There are many types of flooring laid in commercial buildings and each is usually laid for a purpose that suits the intended use of the premise. Of course over time the use of the premises can change and it would not necessarily be practical or cost effective to take up and relay the floor each time this happens.
The best approach is to find out what type of flooring is in the building and the best method to clean it. Commercial hard flooring can often be restored by a deep cleaning or full restoration process.