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Urethane Vs Acrylic Treatments: Which is Right for Your Business

Commercial flooring helps your business shine. Easy to clean, a safe work surface, and affordable, commercial flooring can last for years if taken care of properly. That’s where floor treatments come in. Urethane and acrylic are the main two floor surface treatments for businesses, and each comes with their own unique set of advantages. Use these tips from the experts at ServiceMaster Clean to find out which is best for your business.

Advantages of Urethane

Urethane is a superior, top-of-the-line hard coating that resists wear and requires less maintenance than acrylic. The higher density of urethane means that it will stay glossy longer, resist scratches better, and is easier to clean. The lower maintenance needs and quicker cleaning times can add up to significant savings over the life of the floor.

Urethane floor coatings are also more slip-resistant than acrylic. For businesses or factories where slipping is a concern, it is possible to include additives which will make the urethane even more slip-resistant.

Another advantage of urethane is the ability to customize its appearance. You can often choose from several options, including matte and semi-gloss finishes, to enhance the beauty of your flooring.

Disadvantages of Urethane

Businesses often turn down urethane coatings because of the cost. Since urethane coatings have significantly longer lifespans, the application cost is more expensive than acrylic floor treatments. Urethane also takes longer to fully dry after application. For businesses that are unable to allow for four to eight hours of dry time, urethane coatings may not be the best option.

Advantages of Acrylic

Acrylic floor coatings are reliable and work well in a number of different business settings. Since acrylic dries quickly – sometimes as quickly as an hour after application – acrylic is a popular choice for commercial industries. Another advantage is its ability to resist scuffs and stains. In areas with heavy foot traffic, bulky equipment, or warehouses where items are constantly being moved across the floor, a simple buff can keep acrylic clean.

Disadvantages of Acrylic

Acrylic is not as durable as urethane. It can wear down faster than a urethane coating can, meaning it must be buffed or re-coated more often. The total additional maintenance costs can be pricier than just having urethane applied to your flooring.

Acrylic floor coatings are not as customizable, either, as they typically are only available in a gloss finish. In areas with many clients or customers walking around, you may need a nicer floor finish like urethane to showcase.

Call on the Professionals at ServiceMaster Clean

If you need help determining which office flooring is best for you or which coating you need, contact the professionals at ServiceMaster Clean. We can help you come up with a solution that fits your business needs. Our commercial hard surface cleaning services can help all areas of your business shine, from the warehouse to the showroom.

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