Floor cleaning is the cornerstone of a sharp-looking operation. Often times overlooked areas of the business go unnoticed for awhile, such as kitchens or break rooms — at least to the client. But floors are something everyone sees, and send a real message about how you see your business.
Companies we’ve worked with have reported that even when you sweep the main part of a hallway, the part everyone walks on, dirt and grime can build up along the sides and corners. It may not be as immediately noticeable as the area they swept, but it can raise some flags to customers.
Floor waxing basics
Waxing is an affordable way to protect floors from the wear they withstand each day. It’s similar to waxing your car. First you clean your car to make sure the surface is clean and has no dust or grit. Then, to get that nice shiny look, you apply the wax to seal it. The wax is temporary, but while it’s on there it protects your car’s paint from weather, people brushing up against it, and even harsh sunlight.
Floor waxing is similar. First, the floors are thoroughly cleaned so that none of the grit and grime is left. Since the wax forms a protective seal, you don’t want to essentially lock in grit. That will only make it tougher to clean afterward, and the wax won’t form as complete a seal on the floor.
After the wax is applied, the floors will look shinier and will resist stains and smudges. Dirt people track in on their shoes is easier to clean, and scuffs from heavy objects or moving things will be reduced.
Unfortunately floor wax is temporary like waxing your car. As people walk on the floor, and each time it’s mopped, some of the wax will wear off. Eventually this means that the floors will need to be stripped so that new wax can be applied.
Maintaining Waxed Floors
As we’ve talked about before, a thorough floor cleaning job involves stripping tile floors. This is a step people often skip, thinking that a quick mop job and slapping another coat of wax on the floor is good enough. The trouble is that dirt that was caught up in the previous wax coating, dirt that didn’t get mopped away, is now being locked in by the new layer of wax.
This can lead to uneven floors and additional scuffs in the tile.
In some cases, improperly cleaned floors can even cause slips. Given the costs of workers comp claims and other expenses we noted before, prevention is always the simpler route.
Over time and wear small ridges may form in the wax as some of it erodes away. Buffing or burnishing can more or less melt the wax back into an even coating, which prevents dirt from accumulating in those ridges and wearing the wax away faster.
Outsourcing your floor cleaning tasks allows you to:
- Focus on other areas of maintenance
- Enjoy a safer work area
- Sanitize floors
- Prolong the life of the floor materials