Hardwood flooring can be a costly upgrade that will help improve the appearance of any office or facility, but should also warrant care and detailed attention in order to protect your investment. To ensure that your floors are kept in their best condition, below are some helpful tips you should consider to prolong the life of your floors, avoid damages, scratches, scuffs, and more.
- Avoid heavy-duty cleaning products.
Use only hardwood-specific cleaners. Using other strong cleaning products such as bleach may strip the protective varnish from your flooring and cause permanent discoloration or damages.
- Use soft-bristled brushes or soft cloths.
Be sure to use soft-bristled brooms or cloths when sweeping or wiping your floors to avoid scuffs. Otherwise, hard-bristled on brooms and vacuums can cause several deep scratches on your floors. Deep scratches will then cause your flooring to appear dull, faded, and will trap soil within the crevices left behind.
- Use rugs or mats.
Protect your hardwood floors from heavy foot traffic with area rugs and mats. When people enter your facility, shoes will often track in dirt, soil, and other hard particles that can cause scratches on your floors. By using rugs, they will help trap a significant amount of dirt stuck on shoes, protecting the hardwood flooring underneath.
- Use a damp mop.
When mopping hardwood floors, ensure that the mop is damp to the touch and not excessively wet. Otherwise, if a mop is excessively wet, the hardwood can absorb the water causing it wood panels to swell and possibly distort. Mopping only occur on an occasional basis and it is best to clean any drink spills as soon as possible to avoid staining the wood panels or having the wood floor absorb any liquids.
- Know your hardwood floor type.
Be sure to know what cleaner to use on your hardwood flooring. Some depending on the type of look you are trying to achieve, some hardwood floor types are oiled and others are not. Know your flooring and use the proper cleaning agent to avoid damages. Because there are many instances where individuals have used the improper cleaning products for their floors, which resulted in damages. Avoid costly mistakes and know the characteristics of your floors and which cleaning products can be applied.
Hopefully, these tips can help your office or commercial facility maintain the hardwood flooring within your property. When you want professional assistance in caring for your floors, you can trust the experts at ServiceMaster Professional Building Maintenance. We are the experts in floor care and cleaning services in Lincoln, NE. We’ve been serving Lincoln, NE since 1990 with our high quality janitorial and commercial cleaning services.
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