Floor Cleaning Services

Commercial flooring often covers a large area, sometimes along high traffic pathways, and is therefore prone to damage. With a floor cleaning services, this wear & tear is perfectly manageable when addressed frequently. But, if left for too long, it may be too far gone to salvage. This is when things get expensive. 

Commercial flooring is an investment, hiring professional floor cleaning services is a much more responsible way to preserve it.

Floor Cleaning Services & Floor Maintenance

Collaborating With Professionals Floor Cleaner

Consulting with flooring experts is an invaluable tool for your commercial floor cleaning services. It’s important to have all invasive maintenance performed by an experienced maintenance company to make sure your property is well covered.

In the consult, they will explore:

  • The needs and conditions of each room
  • The distribution of the budget 
  • What tasks should be delegated to staff (especially janitors) on a daily basis in between professional cleanings
  • What products will be needed
  • Traffic and usage level of each room
  • Recommendations to prevent thousands of dollars of damage in between cleans (sink mats, outdoor entrance/sidewalk sweeps, shoe removal stations, etc)

Working with professionals is the best and only way to get a realistic scope of what needs to be done and how often. They will help tailor the plan to fit the budget and specific needs of the building based on its usage. 

Every building is vastly different, making a custom plan crucial. Between all the flooring, product, manufacturer, budget, and facility types – there are just so many variables. An expert will know how to work through all of these factors cohesively to get the best bang for a buck. 

The flooring contractor will meet with the relevant person in charge and possibly consult a floor plan. They may ask a range of questions involving the project budget, room usage, manufacturer-recommended procedures for the flooring products present, desired participation, etc. 

Loaded with as much information as possible, the contractor can then design a maintenance plan catered to the facility on a room by room basis. Each room will be assessed based around its type of floor product and traffic level (low, moderate, heavy). 

Then, with the budget in consideration two plans will be scheduled, one for frequent routine cleaning tasks (vacuums, spot mops, sweeps), and one for intermittent deeper maintenance cleans (deep wash, wax, buffer, etc). The exact frequency will depend on budget and traffic intensity. 

For example, one flooring product in a room may call for weekly deep clean (in its manufacturer’s guidelines), but the room is rarely used. It may be wise to only contract cleans periodically based on budgetary needs and allot more budget to rooms with high traffic, despite product guidelines. 

Perhaps some high traffic areas can be maintained daily by internal staff like janitors, and low traffic areas can be addressed less often in the contracted maintenance visits. 

Some identical flooring types will have instructions that vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, despite their similarities, due to things like minor chemical and quality differences – making the cleaning protocols different for each. All of these things need to be investigated for each room.

A strategy to keep all rooms standardized will emerge as cleaning plans configure what areas need overcompensating.

How To Clean Various Types Of Flooring Products

Learn to clean floors like the pros! It never hurts to have an idea of what the cleaning tasks entail. These are the general cleaning methods for the five most common flooring product types:

Commercial Carpet

Carpet & broadloom tiles are some of the most popular flooring types in North America. 

Routine maintenance:

Reactive measures are important with carpets, meaning addressing spills and spots right away with manufacturer recommended stain products. Frequent vacuuming is also of utmost importance. Up to 85% of filth can be removed with the vacuum alone. If it isn’t removed, it will sit in the fibers of the carpet, eventually causing discoloration, matting, and fiber distortion. Quality vacuum cleaners are also important so that dirt isn’t being dragged around, but rather sucked directly out. Gold-Level Seal of Approval from the Carpet and Rug Institute is a must.

Periodic maintenance:

Encapsulation is a process in which the carpeting is vacuumed over, sprayed with a cleaning product, agitated, and then vacuumed again. This should take place every couple months – less often than general maintenance, but more often than; Hot water extraction: a process in which the carpeting is vacuumed, sprayed at high pressure with hot water and cleaning products, and powerfully vacuumed. It is then rinsed with clean water, vacuumed again, and then left to dry out. The process is very similar to steam cleaning, though the water is not hot enough to reach vapor point. It is recommended about half as often as encapsulation treatments, so every 4-6 months approximately.

Commercial Marble

Marble is known for its glamour and polish, but the truth is it can be a lot of work. Marble is a porous and sensitive soft rock, which means it is extremely prone to damage and luster loss. 

Marble stains, scuffs, and irritates easily. The wrong chemical or texture could mean visible scarring. It’s pores can gather grime over time and its seal can become insufficient.

It should only be cleaned by experts who know which products are chemically safe to use and how to use them. On a regular basis, they can properly scrub and reseal the marble to its original elegant sheen.

Commercial Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury vinyl tiling, or LVT, has been making market headway as a cost effective alternative to VCT (vinyl composition tile). Many commercial facilities are switching to this stylish polish-free option as a way to save upwards of 7k a year!

Routine maintenance:

General tendings are recommended for this flooring type on a regular basis. Tasks such as dust mops, spot mops, sweeps, vacuums, and full mops on a weekly basis. Spills should be addressed right away with a properly diluted neutral cleaner to avoid any staining. Removal of surface particles prevents grains of dirt from scratching the surface.

Periodic maintenance:

A flooring contractor can devise a schedule for a safe amount of deep cleaning. This would entail using an auto scrubber with a properly diluted neutral cleaning agent and potentially a buffer spray to follow. Before any deep scrubbing, all surface particles must be removed to prevent them from getting grinded into the flooring with the scrubbing equipment, so it would be good form to do general cleaning tasks before this step.

Commercial Vinyl Composition Tile

Commercial vinyl composition tile, or VCT, is similar to it’s counterpart LVT in that it is cost effective upfront, and popular, however it began losing its competitive market traction when it became clear that it was the more high maintenance option of the two. VCT was the durable, scrape-resistant flooring material found in so many schools and cafeterias once upon a time, but it’s expensive and exhaustive maintenance needs have made it less prevalent.

Routine maintenance:

In order to preserve the flooring’s protective polish layer, it’s recommended to vacuum or sweep debris regularly, as well as to spot clean messes and mop reasonably often with an appropriate cleaner.

Periodic maintenance:

Now this is where it gets tedious. The tiles are made of porous material, sealed with a coating of protective polish. Once in a while, this coating needs to be completely chemically stripped and reapplied for effectiveness. This restores the floor’s face. Beyond that, and more often, machine scrubbing is needed. This entails a thorough clean and application of fresh polish. None of these periodic procedures can take place without first doing regular debris management.

Commercial Ceramic

Ceramic is another widely loved flooring option. It makes up 14% of flooring purchases in the US (reported in the July 2018 issue of Floor Covering Weekly) and prides itself in being another cost-effective and low maintenance choice. It is favored by those who value vast design and esthetic possibilities, as they come in many different styles – all of which are also high performing. They are easily customizable and add so much character to public bathrooms and lobbies, to name a few.

Routine maintenance:

Ceramic should be vacuumed regularly so that gritty particles don’t scratch the surface. Spills should be tended to right away with non-oil based, ammonia-free cleaners, so as not to discolor the grouting. Tiles can be wiped or mopped weekly with light neutral cleaners recommended by the manufacturer. Liquids may make the flooring extra slippery and caution is advised.

Periodic maintenance:

Degriming the grouting with a manufacturer-approved cleaner should occur when it starts appearing dirty or moldy. The tile and grout may collect mineral deposits, soil, or grease as well. They will need to be deep cleaned to prevent discoloration. Sealing the grouting is helpful, but even epoxy-sealed tiles will need deep cleaning to maintain a uniform, clean look.

Types of Deep Cleaning Treatments

To preserve the esthetic and shine of the flooring, resurfacing treatments will likely be part of intermittent deep cleans for most flooring products. 

Every flooring type requires different equipment and strategy from the following;

Waxing

Wax coatings serve as a protective layer against abrasions and permanent damage. It is the screen protector of flooring. It can also serve to level out abnormalities in flooring textures (like with wood), creating a smooth, flat (and shiny!) surface. Wax repels erosion from liquids and acts as a stain barrier. 

It is used on the majority of flooring types and can be removed and reapplied as needed. How often it is needed depends on the traffic intensity, the wear, and the type of floor. 

Once the wax is applied, the floor is then buffed and polished anew.

Buffing

Buffing is the use of a loose abrasive on a wheel with compound applied, in order to exfoliate the top layer of a floor. It is also known as residual cleaning and seeks to sand off the top layer of affected flooring to reveal a shiny fresh later beneath.

The buffer wheel spins very quickly to remove any lines or texture and leave only shine and polish behind. It is sometimes used in between stripping and wax applications or as a finishing process. 

Burnishing

Similar to buffing, a burnishing machine uses friction to rub the surface of the floor shiny. It is a polishing process and seeks to achieve optimal shine. It may follow a buffing session in order to reach that wet/mirror like shine effect.

This high speed polisher may be used on a frequent or infrequent basis, depending on the demand. It is sometimes used in between stripping and wax applications or as a finishing process. For all intents and purposes, it is synonymous with polishing. 

Scrub & Wax 

Sometimes during repeated waxing sessions, bits of dirt and dust can get trapped in the layers of wax, along with surface wear, and cause the floors to look lackluster. When the flooring stops responding to regular buffering and polishes, it may be time for a deep scrub.

Scrubbing works to remove the top layers of waxy dirt, lifting them from the surface. The flooring is then rinsed well and dried out. They are then recoated with wax and polished. 

This brings the floor back to its natural beauty in all its shiny glory, and buys time between deep strippings. 

Grouting

Tiling Tends to collect residue and dirt in its grouting, as well as on its surfaces. This can make it look tacky and filmy. Occasionally having professionals scrub the grouting and surface will renew its shine and tidy sectioning. 

Strip & Wax

Stripping the floors is the most aggressive treatment and should be reserved for when the flooring is beyond the other lighter treatments. It is likely necessary only once or twice a year.

When enough build up gets trapped in the waxy coatings and the surface layers aren’t getting cleaner with mops or scrubs, it may be time for more drastic measures, with much more dramatic results.

The treatment essentially removes absolutely all build up of both grime and applied products like wax polishes to get to the bare following underneath. The floors are then sealed, waxed, and polished once again, completely anew.

Warehouse Floor Special Treatment

MOM is a commercial cleaning company that creates cutting-edge cleaning strategies like this 3-step warehouse floor cleaning system:

  1. Power Wash
  2. This step uses powerful water pressure to force stubborn stains or dirt up from the floor membrane. It eliminates all buildup of dust or residue to renew the original state of the floor.

  3. Power Sweep
  4. This option is a dry method for removing large amounts of first and dirt collected. This turbo sweeping method ensures a thorough clean.

  5. Auto Scrub
  6. Last but not least, presenting: The Big Guns. When the sweep and spray just won’t do it, there’s the auto scrub machine. This method combines power sweeping, spraying, and squeegeeing to remove all stains, dirty, dust, residue, and build up.

The condition of commercial flooring directly affects a business’ reputation, and the safety of staff and customers alike. Having tidy and shiny flooring shows attention to detail and care. Customers see this and appreciate it. 

Keeping up with daily maintenance amongst staff is important to prevent the types of damage that lead to more costly treatments more often. Tasks like sweeping and light mops should be performed very frequently in between professional business to preserve the integrity and shine of the floors.

If you are a business based in the Toronto region looking for expert, reliable flooring contractors, reach out to MOM. 

Amongst them, they have decades of experience and unique approaches to get your floors looking their best!

They offer a range of comprehensive services for all kinds of flooring. You can trust their knowledgeable team with:

  • buffing: they’ll exfoliate floors until they’re smooth and clear!
  • burnishing: when they’re finished, those floors will shine like water!
  • tile & grout: they’ll get into the nitty-gritty to remove any build up in between and on top of your tiles, leaving them good as new!
  • stripping & wax: their strip and wax full-service package will leave your floors pristine and shiny, starting from scratch!
  • Warehouse power clean: with their 3-step turbo cleaning system, not a spec of dirt will stand a chance!

Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed for all of their services.

MOM is committed to stretching the lifetime of your floors and budget as far as possible to get you impeccably clean and resistant flooring you can be proud of. 

They excel not only in the quality of their services but in customer service too, so don’t be shy to reach out if you’d like to work with their skillful team to create a custom floor treatment consult & plan, and to explore their superior services.

Schedule your FREE expert consultation for our floor cleaning services and get a visit today to stay ahead of the game!

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