Fort Worth, TX – November 2, 2012 - The use of wood flooring is becoming more common in certain types of locations such as retail stores, restaurants, and hotels.
Often considered easily soiled or damaged, keeping a building’s wood flooring looking its best doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if some preventive maintenance strategies are put into place.
“When it comes to wood flooring, preventive maintenance is key to keeping these floors looking their best for years to come,” says Mike Englund, a custodial trainer and product manager for Powr-Flite, a leading manufacturer of professional floor care cleaning equipment.
For this reason, this Powr-Flite Floor Care Troubleshooter is devoted to helping cleaning professionals maintain wood flooring, and according to Englund, it all starts at the door.
“While matting should be placed outside the entrance to a facility with wood floors, matting with a rubber backing should not be placed on the wood floor itself,” says Englund. “Rubber backs can discolor the floor. It is better to install some type of rug at the entry that does not have a rubber back.”
Englund also offers the following wood floor cleaning and preventive care suggestions:
• Clean the floors regularly using a soft broom, a dust mop, or a vacuum. Avoid using a wet mop as much as possible.
• If vacuuming, use a backpack; the beater bar on an upright can potentially scratch the floor.
• Encourage the facility management to place protector pads on furniture feet to avoid scratching the floor if these items are moved.
• Clean up spills immediately.
• If possible, try to keep people from walking on the floor wearing sports cleats or high-heeled shoes.
“As to cleaning chemicals and finishes (wax), there are specific products designed for use on wood surface floors,” says Englund. “What I always advise is contacting the manufacturer and asking their advice on what products to use—and even more important, not use.”