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Flooring Types and Care Instructions

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know that its purpose is to educate readers on industry terms and achievements, tips we’ve learned throughout our years of service, and our company’s progress. Lately, we’ve been seeing growth in our customers’ need for commercial floor cleaning. We hope this blog series will educate readers on the different attributes of their building’s flooring and its maintenance needs. Before you understand industry specific terms, it is important to determine which type of flooring your building has and what its needs are:

Concrete: Many industrial businesses choose to install a concrete floor, as it is the most durable option available. Different stamps and glosses can be used to customize this flooring type. This material is very easy to clean with a broom but in order to remove stains, users must use chemicals and scrubs or a power-washer.

Carpet: One of the most common types of flooring, carpet is great in commercial spaces. There are many different types of carpets, so it is important that in commercial environments the material is designed to withstand wear and weathering. Although vacuuming can usually remove all dirt and debris from the carpets, they will occasionally require a deep cleaning, where a machine cycles water and cleaner through the material and it naturally dries.

Hardwood: Available in many styles and colors, hardwood floors are a popular, luxurious choice and encompass any material made from timber. This flooring can be cleaned through traditional methods but requires monthly cleaning with wood cleaners, a protective coat every few years, and a sanding and refinishing every few decades.

Rubber: For businesses who wish to protect their existing floors from heavy machinery, heavy wear, and moisture, rubber flooring is a good choice. This material is most commonly utilized in gyms, restaurants, and hospitals. The floors require regular vacuuming and mopping and occasionally a wet vacuum, which will vacuum, mop, rise, and dry the floors.

Tile: For those seeking a durable option, tile is the perfect choice. This can be made of ceramic, stone, glass, or metal that is cut into squares and attached to the floor. To attain better results than sweeping and mopping, you must mop with detergent and water and utilize acidic cleaners to eliminate residue. Grout must be cleaned using specific cleaners and a brush, as it is porous and can absorb liquid easily.

Vinyl:  This type of flooring can emulate many other flooring types, such as tile and wood, at a much lower price. Additionally, this flooring can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Normal cleaning methods must be followed up with an occasional vinyl floor cleaner application to clean and a finish to maintain the shiny appearance.

Stay tuned to learn some of the industry specific terms we use to describe floor cleaning methods and hear inside tips on floor maintenance. We hope that this series helps our readers become more familiar with the management of their commercial flooring!