The appearance of a facility and its entrance is top priority for business owners, as it’s the first impression patrons see when approaching and entering a place of business. Understanding the factors that affect a customers’ first impression and create additional wear-and-tear on your floors can help you to manage and maintain your facilities more efficiently. From the amount of dirt outside that’s being tracked in, to routine maintenance or refinishing, each step is just as important as the next.
A daily routine is the first step in preventative maintenance which helps reduce complete restoration. A recent poll done by Cleaning & Maintenance Management demonstrates that 30% of voters believe floor stripping and finishing creates the most issues in an operation. Companies cannot avoid full restoration but by following the steps within the life cycle process closely, you will lower your labour costs by prolonging the life of your floors, improving the overall image of your facility and reducing the risk of slip and falls.
Our Swish Carpet Care and Floor Care Specialists understand these complexities and explain the 4 easy steps to improving the life cycle of your floors (carpet and hard floors included):
- Routine Maintenance
Hard floor: Dust and damp mopping to remove grit, dirt and debris.
Carpet: Vacuuming any time there is visible debris and prompt spot removal.
- Interim/Responsive Maintenance
Hard floor: Spray buffing, burnishing and traction enhancement to remove imbedded dirt and improve foot traction.
Carpet: Spotting spills, pre-spraying and extracting with a carpet spotter.
- Partial Restorative/Periodic Maintenance
Hard floor: Scrub and recoat to remove 1-2 coats of damaged finish and imbedded dirt and prepare the floor for fresh top coat.
Carpet: Pre-treating entrances and other high traffic areas followed by extraction.
- Complete Restorative/Restorative Maintenance
Hard floor: Deep stripping to remove all finish. Most labour intensive and costly.
Carpet: Pre-treating all areas followed by extraction, performed at least quarterly.
You may also view our Floor Care and Carpet Care sections in our new High Performance brochure for more information. We even have a section of product recommendations for specific market segments on page 17.
For more information about a floor care program, please call our Swish Floor Care and Carpet Care Specialists at 1-855-GOSWISH (467-9474) in Canada or 1-800-639-7226 in the US, or use your online account at http://www.swishclean.com. Products may vary depending on location.