Likely, the first thing someone sees when entering your facility are your floors maintenance, which, depending on what clean or dirty they look, can shape their perceptions of how clean and sanitary the whole building is. Floor maintenance that appear dirty, scuffed, or dull can convey that the facility’s cleanliness standards are lacking. Studies have shown that facility appearance ratings can drop around 75 percent if the ground shine creates an adverse impression. And it’s these first impressions individuals have that are the most crucial and usually those that last.
The fundamentals of floor care include understanding the significance of cleaning your floors for safety, appearance, and cleanliness and following a routine maintenance program that helps protect your floor investment and bottom line.
Why Put Floor Finish on a Floor?
Floor finish is used to offer a renewable, restorable, ‘rejuvenate-able wear layer on a resilient floor. The built-in, anti-slip properties are most effective if your finished floor is maintained at high shine, and the built-in waxes in the final can yield a higher coefficient of friction to make the floor less slippery and to:
Add shine and beautify the floor.
Make the ground easier to clean.
Protect the ground, thus lowering the overall cost of care and repair.
The most popular myth that shiny finished floors are far more slippery than dull finished floors is false. A good floor finish is made to provide the best coefficient of friction for slip-resistant feet, but only if the final is cleaned and maintained correctly, which results in shiny floors.
Finished Floor Maintenance
Adhering to a regular maintenance schedule and using cleaning products that clean effectively with the smallest amount of several labor is probably the most efficient way to keep up the appearance of any finished floor steadfastly. There are considerable quantities of upkeep – from an everyday routine to more interim maintenance that involves cleaning and buffing/burnishing or even a deep scrub and topcoat, to restorative maintenance strip and refinishes, which gets more costly.
Dust Mopping: Begin your daily routine with dust mopping to help significantly remove surface dirt, so it doesn’t become embedded into the finish. When you begin, vacuum and grab any walk-off mats, avoid oil-based dust mop treatments, which cause streaking and can leave a haze on the ground that attracts much more dirt. For best results, make use of a clean, dry dust mop, a broom and dustpan for soil pick-up, and a putty knife to get rid of any gum from the floor maintenance.
Damp Mopping: Make use of a clean mop head, clean water and follow the manufacturer’s recommended dilution ratio for the ground cleaning product to get rid of more particulates and oily soils and help stop the floor’s finish darkening or yellowing from these embedded particles. Avoid overly wet mops that may leave floor maintenance too wet with the cleaner, leaving soil and cleaner residue behind. For heavily soiled floors, add double the cleaning product to the mop bucket, then rinse after cleaning with fresh water.
Product Considerations: Get to know your products! Make use of a floor cleaner that’s effective on particulate/inorganic soils and other/greasy soils to help significantly extend the life of the final or floor surface. Most’ neutral floor cleaners don’t clean both soil types.
Auto Scrubbing: Without several facilities, using this kind of equipment is more efficient and efficient. It removes soil much better than damp mopping and may use fewer chemicals. Most floors should be cleaned with an auto scrubber one or more times daily, or more according to soil buildup. Occasionally, two-pass scrubbing is required for heavily soiled floor maintenance, such as salt and other winter soils.
Low-Speed Buffing: Help repair the final to a smooth shine and delay the need for a recoat with buffing, which is an excellent option if the budget doesn’t enable a burnished. For durable finishes, make use of a spray buff to aid “repair,” a mop-on maintainer for efficiency, and the appropriate pad for spray buffing.
High-Speed Burnishing: Burnishing helps restore shine and create a glossy appearance, along with helping to repair imperfections on a floor’s finish that can’t be fixed with daily maintenance. Better than low-speed buffing, these machines are apt to have higher rotation speeds, and more aggressive pads may be used to help significantly repair a worn, dull finish to a smooth shine, delaying the need for a recoat.
When applying floor finish, remember the 20/40 rule: If a coat of finish dries in under 20 minutes, the final has been spread too thin. If a coat of finish takes more than 40 minutes to dry, it’s been used too thick.