A polished, professional presentation will go a long way to impressing clients and decision-makers. Unfortunately, since floors are under our feet, we sometimes fail to give them the attention they deserve—or do not notice the stains, marks, scuffs, or dulling until two minutes before an important potential client walks through the door.
Clean office floors are an important part of a customer’s first impression of your business!
So, staying current on building maintenance and floor cleaning is just as important to pleasing customers as delightful customer service, accurate accounting, and a high-quality product or service.
Oftentimes, the problem with commercial floor cleaning and maintenance is not so much laziness on the part of the janitorial staff. We know how hard our professional cleaning staff works. So, when floors do not look as clean and polished as they should, it is time to look a little deeper into the tools your janitorial team has to work with. Old, dirty, low-grade cleaning solutions will not yield the clean floor results you want, no matter how hard your professional cleaning team is working.
Here are some do’s and don’ts that will help your janitorial staff achieve the desired look for your office floors.
COMMERCIAL FLOOR CLEANING DO’S: HOW TO DEEP CLEAN FLOORS?
1. Choosing the Right Cleaning Equipment for the Type of Floor You Have.
There are more types of office flooring designations than simply “hard” or “carpet.” Consider, for example, hardwood, marble, concrete, and PVC floors. To get the freshest, cleanest floor surface, choosing the right vacuums, wet-dry cleaners, scrubbers, and mops is extremely important.
2. Developing a Floor Cleaning Daily Routine.
Employees and clients will track street dirt, grime, and dust into the office every day, so cleaning the floors every day matters. This is especially true in high traffic areas. Daily vacuuming or mopping is essential to prevent these areas from becoming dull and stained and should keep them looking fresh and polished.
3. Seal and Wax Floors on a Regular Schedule.
Most hard flooring options, including concrete, marble, and hardwood, require regular sealing to protect them from traffic and an overzealous cleaning team. Keeping with the flooring manufacturer’s sealing schedule for your hard office floor will protect your floors and make them easier for your team to clean on a regular basis.
4. Preventing and Handling Spills and Stains.
Some office floor types like concrete, carpet, and marble can stain very easily. Leaving spills can also be an employee safety hazard, so any spill should be cleaned up as soon as it happens.
5. Use Floor Mats in the Entryways.
Commercial floor mats placed at the entrances and exits of your building can drastically decrease the amount of street dust and dirt your clients, employees, and delivery personnel track into your office. The less dirt your janitorial staff has to deal with, the easier their jobs will be. Just be sure to clean the floor mats regularly with high-suction vacuums so that they do not become too dirty to perform their jobs well.
6. Make Sure Cleaning Tools and Supplies are Well Maintained and Restocked Regularly.
Making sure that mop heads are regularly laundered or switched out and that the appropriate floor cleaning solutions are available makes it easier for your janitorial staff to keep the floors looking glossy and bright.
COMMERCIAL FLOOR CLEANING DON’TS
1. Don’t Forget to Clean Tight Spots and Hard-to-Reach Areas.
Using the right cleaning tool can ensure your cleaning team can access tight corners and hard-to-clean floor areas. Precision dust mops, small format, single disc scrubbers, and vacuum tools can reach and remove annoying dust piles in corners more easily.
2. Don’t Forget to Change Mop Heads.
Dirty mop heads will just redistribute dirt and not remove it. Regularly cleaning and changing mop heads, as well as rinsing out buckets and cleaning trolleys can ensure that dirt does not just end up somewhere else on your floor.
3. Don’t Forget to Empty Vacuum Dust Bag or Tank.
Make sure the janitorial team empties the vacuum dust canisters and vacuum cleaner bags regularly. Easy-to-maintain commercial vacuums make this process easy and quick. A full dust canister or vacuum cleaner bag diminishes a vacuum’s ability to maintain its high suction power, so it is important to clear them out regularly.
4. Don’t Use the Wrong Floor Cleaning Solutions.
Using harsh chemicals on your floors, or the wrong mopping solution can etch, dull or damage floors. This is especially true of marble, hardwood, and concrete. Make sure to use the right cleaning supplies for the flooring material you have so that the floors remain shiny and clean.
5. Don’t Neglect the Polishing, Sealing or Deep-Cleaning Schedule.
Speaking of hardwood, marble, and concrete, your office flooring manufacturer will have a suggested polishing and sealing schedule. This helps protect your flooring investment for a long time. For office carpets, there will be a deep carpet shampooing schedule to remove deeply embedded soil that even daily vacuuming won’t remove.
6. Don’t Forget to Clean Entryway Mats Regularly.
As previously mentioned, entryway mats help keep outside dirt and grime from coming into your offices in the first place. However, if they become too soiled, their effectiveness decreases. Make sure the cleaning team vacuums and replaces soiled entryway mats regularly.
OFFICE FLOOR CLEANING TIPS AND TOOLS
These tips are important to keep floors in good condition over time. Regular maintenance and the use of the right cleaning products and equipment are essential to ensure that floors are clean, safe, and durable. Contact us for more office cleaning tips and all the right office floor cleaning equipment to make sure your company’s floors always impress.