Commercial Floor Cleaning – Take Care When Sealing

The term ‘commercial floor’ is usually used to separate the location from a typical domestic setting and to imply that the floor will, in general, be exposed to a variety of factors such as much higher volume of traffic or different kinds of wear and tear that are generally not experienced in a domestic setting. A commercial setting could be anything from the lobby of an office building with polished slate flooring, to a classy office with a polished hard wood flooring and, perhaps more so than with domestic settings, the type of flooring chosen in each case may reflect the type of use it will be exposed to more than being chosen for purely aesthetic reasons.

One factor that commercial floors will have in common is the need for careful maintenance and regular cleaning if one is to avoid the scenario of a dull, uneven or generally unsatisfactory appearance that can be caused by build-up of dirt, grime and staining if proper maintenance isn’t undertaken. As in many situations prevention is better than cure and several basic cleaning tips such as regular sweeping and vacuuming and mopping will obviously help keep the floor looking good.

There is however a fundamental step to take which will aid you cleaning efforts and that is the application of a good commercial sealer which will provide an additional layer of protection and ensure that stains from spillages do not touch the surface or do not have the chance to build up there. It is very important to choose the correct sealer as different types of floors will have different qualities and finishes, and not all sealers will be suitable. A good commercial floor cleaning company will be able to recommend one for you.

There can however be a problem if the sealer is not correctly applied and this happens more often than you would believe. Two examples where sealers are ineffective are when the floor has been incorrectly installed, or when the floor is not actually really clean when the sealer is applied. In the first case it could be a simple case of, for example, a tile floor where the grout has not been correctly applied leading to voids in the material which a sealer will not be able to fix. Assuring that the floor has been correctly and professionally installed is the first step to applying the sealer.

The second step involves people applying sealer to a stained or marked floor. Obviously a sealer is very good at keeping stains away from the surface of the floor, and proves equally adept at keeping it on the surface if it was not properly cleaned before application. The result could be the need to strip, clean and re-apply the sealer, a costly and unnecessary situation.

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