Floor Restore: Benefits of a Clean Floor
A survey conducted by Harris Interactive asked 1,000 adults in the U.S. what factors would negatively impact their perceptions of a store. Surprisingly, 86% of those surveyed pointed to the floor. It may seem like a minor detail, but the floor is actually an important part of people’s first impression when they enter your business. A clean floor shows that you take pride in the appearance of your facility and are dedicated to maintaining it. Maintaining floors is also important to safety, as a floor that builds up grime or dust can become slippery or create a tripping hazard.
Imagine walking into a building and your shoes are sticking to the floor as you walk, or you can feel your shoes sliding across it because there’s a layer of dust coating the floor. That experience will be the first thing in your mind as you enter the building, and the first thing in your mind as you exit. The floor will give you both the first impression and last impression that this place is not very well maintained. Now imagine walking into a building with a floor that shines and makes the whole space appear clean and welcoming. There is no stick or slip as you walk across the floor, and your first impression is that this company cares about its appearance and the experience that customers have interacting with their space. As you walk out, you’re left thinking about the experience you just had with the company, not the stick or slip of your shoes against a dirty floor.
It’s no secret that floor maintenance can be a daunting task. It can be one of the most time consuming and expensive cleaning projects for you, especially if the job isn’t done right the first time. There are 7 main tasks associated with hard floor care to help maintain the look of your floors, each with its own frequency recommendation:
Dust Mopping – Helps ensure that dust and other debris does not build up on floors. It should be completed daily.
Wet Mopping – Eliminates grime and other build-up to help prevent sticky floors. It should be completed daily to weekly.
Auto Scrubbing – Also meant to prevent sticky build-up and other grime on floors, it offers a more thorough clean than wet mopping alone and can help clean a larger area of floor. Auto scrubbers clean by injecting water with cleaning solution, scrubbing, and lifting the residuals off the floor. It should be completed daily to weekly.
High Speed Burnishing – Polishes the floor to help restore its shine. It should be completed weekly to monthly.
Floor Finish Restorer – Fills in scratches on floor, helps restore shine, and protects floors from water and UV damage. Can also add traction on floors, making them safer. It should be completed every 3 to 6 months.
Top Scrub & Re-Coat – Helps extend the life of your floors and minimizes how often you need to complete the labor-intensive process of stripping and re-coating floors. Also helps maintain a higher level of shine for a longer period of time. It should be done every 6 to 12 months.
Complete Strip Out, Seal & Finish – The most labor-intensive and technical process of floor maintenance, stripping completely removes the finish from floors so that new finish can be applied. It should be done yearly, if needed.
To learn more about floor care, and to help build a floor maintenance program that works for you, sign-up for our next Hard Floor Care training on October 25th. You can also learn about floor care and other cleaning procedures at our Cleaning 101 trainings on June 20th or September 19th. The floor is where many customers draw their first impression of your business. Make sure that first impression is glowing by making your floors do the same.