What’s one of the first things people notice about your company’s headquarters?
It’s right under their feet – your floor surfaces.
That’s why even when you’re under pressure to keep costs down, you can’t afford to scrimp much when it comes to floor maintenance.
Old carpeting or worn-out hard flooring impacts how everyone – employees, visitors, potential clients and investors – views the company.
Make sure your facility maintenance crew is paying attention to these two keys:
1. Keep the dirt out
The No. 1 way to preserve flooring and keep the building clean is limiting the amount of dirt tracked in.
While most facilities keep mats at main entrances, they don’t always lay mats at secondary entrances. Or they don’t replace a worn-out walkoff mat in a high-traffic area.
Daily foot traffic in areas like your loading dock, side entrances, etc., should be factored in.
High-quality mats at all spots where people go in and out will extend the lifespan of your floors and save you money. It’ll also reduce housekeeping costs over the long haul.
2. Extra care when it’s needed
Some housekeeping vendors and in-house crews don’t follow floor manufacturers’ recommendations for extra care.
For example: A housekeeping vendor may buff vinyl tile flooring quarterly when doing it monthly keeps the finish in good shape and prevents the surface from stripping.
Extra care applies to carpeting (still the most common flooring in commercial facilities).
Shampoo and dry foam carpet-cleaning (also known as high-extraction cleaning) pulls out the ground-in dirt and dust that normal vacuuming can’t.
You’ll extend the lifespan of your carpeting by years potentially if you pay extra for deep cleaning, even if you only do it twice a year.