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Are You “Floored” With the First Impression of Your Floors?

You only get one chance to make a great first impression!  Keeping up with the maintenance of your lobby floors – whether they are ceramic or porcelain tile, natural stone, marble or concrete – is especially important. Who wants dirt, debris or mud being tracked in from the rain messing up your floors?

Don’t forget about your restroom floors! Restrooms get a ton of foot traffic, which means excess dirt and debris can make its way there too.

Having a good comprehensive floor maintenance strategy in place will keep up the appearance of your floors. In return, the appearance of your Kleen floors will impress clients, visitors and your staff.

Not sure which type of maintenance plan is right for your floors?  That is where the Mister Kleen experts can provide you with good recommendations.

However, before you decide to schedule a free consultation, here are some tips to keep in mind when seeking to maintain your floors:

  • For light traffic areas, it is ideal to have your floors maintained every three-to-six months. Medium traffic areas every three months.  Heavy traffic areas should be on a monthly maintenance plan.
  • Place walk-off or track-off mats at each entrance to reduce the amount of debris from foot traffic entering your facility… especially on those challenging weather days we get here in the Metro area.
  • Vacuum hard surface floors and ensure trash is being picked up daily will help keep your floors in good shape.
  • Sign up for an annual restorative maintenance package. Normal wear and tear is expected but unfortunate accidents do occur. Having a comprehensive annual package in place will increase the quality of the appearance as well as the longevity of your floors.

Another vital component of good floor maintenance is making sure the chemicals being used are not toxic to you or the environment.  Make sure to choose Green Seal (GS-42) certified cleaning solutions to accomplish this.

Many liquid based cleaners on the market contain bleach and acid which emit noxious fumes. Prolonged exposure to these fumes can cause harm to your health especially if the areas in which you are being exposed are not adequately ventilated. In certain extreme situations over long-term use, these harsh chemicals can erode your floors including the grout.

If you are concerned about your floors or it has been a while since they have been restoratively cleaned, then the best thing to do is schedule an appointment with Mister Kleen. One of our trained restorative cleaning technicians will meet with you to assess, diagnose and prescribe a solution that will help keep your floors looking great while minimizing health impacts among building visitors and tenants.

 

Mister Kleen is a leading provider of contract cleaning services to Commercial and High Security facilities since 1976. Our primary service area is the DC Metro region. We also provide a variety of interior and exterior specialty services. 

 

Helpful Tips to Keep Your Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Floors Clean

Let’s face it, dirty floors are one sure-fire way to keep clients, visitors and staff away. If your floors are visibly dirty then just imagine how much dirt, debris and bacteria is trapped inside just waiting – in some cases screaming – to be cleaned. This is especially true with your hard surface floors, such as ceramic and porcelain tile.

Keeping ceramic and porcelain tile flooring clean is no easy task. The level of foot traffic these floors receive will dictate how much attention and effort is needed to ensure they are kept in pristine appearance and shape.

Below are links to articles that can help in your quest to keep your ceramic and porcelain tile clean:

Assessing Hard-Surface Floor Types and Properly Identifying Floor Materials is Essential for Cleaning- Not sure what type of floor you have? Don’t fret, Services Magazine provides helpful tips to determine what type of floor you are dealing with in case you don’t have access to the manufacturing specs or company who installed the flooring.

Helpful Tips for Cleaning Ceramic Tile Floors – As mentioned earlier, cleaning tile floors can require a good amount of time and effort, especially when there is heavy foot traffic. Here is another article by Services Magazine that provides information on how to determine what type of ceramic tile flooring you have – glazed or unglazed – and a few easy methods to thoroughly clean ceramic tile without the harsh chemicals. The article also talks about the importance of cleaning the grout lines, and resealing the grout to prevent against future dirt and liquid stains.

How to Clean Different Types of Porcelain Tile –While porcelain tile is one of the easier floors to clean with a .5% or less absorption rate, it is still possible for these floor surfaces to stain. BuildDirect features an article on tips to properly clean glazed, unglazed, and textured tile, along with some prevention and safety measures.

Should I Bother Sealing My Floor? Are you unsure if you need to seal your grout or not? Enviro Clean breaks down the importance of first identifying the three (3) common types of grout that can be sanded or un-sanded. The article also provides insights on porosity – water absorption, why it’s important to have your grout sealed to help keep your tile clean and free of stains, and information on penetrating sealers.

Periodic Cleaning and Maintenance

While routine cleaning is important, you also need to ensure your tile and grout floors receive periodic maintenance to restore appearance and extract dirt, debris, and potentially harmful bacteria.

If you are unsure of how often to have your floors maintained, or need quote to restoratively clean your ceramic and porcelain tile floors then here are a couple of pages to visit on our Mister Kleen website for helpful guidance:

Guidelines of Floor Maintenance

Tile and Grout Cleaning: Why Your Tile and Grout Lines Need to Be Cleaned Properly

 

Mister Kleen is a leading provider of contract cleaning services to Commercial and High Security facilities since 1976. Our primary service area is the DC Metro region. We also provide a variety of interior and exterior specialty services.

Guidelines on Floor Maintenance

Has your business undergone a much-needed facelift on your floors?  It is extremely important that you put in place a comprehensive maintenance strategy to ensure longevity of your newly installed floors.  A good maintenance plan will keep the appearance of your floors spotless—in return the appearance will impresses clients, visitors and staff.

Obviously foot traffic intensity varies depending on which areas see more activity than others. Below are some timelines and guidelines to follow when creating a regular flooring maintenance plan:

  • Light Traffic Areas:  Address every 3 to 6 months
  • Medium Traffic Areas:  Address every 3 months
  • Heavy Traffic Areas:  Address every month

Furniture and heavy objects should have protectors on their base to protect your floor.  You may want to consider:

  • Placing Walk-Off or Track-Off Mats at your entrances to reduce debris from foot traffic entering your building
  • Daily Vacuuming & Trash pickup will ensure flooring is kept clean
  • Annual Restorative Maintenance. This comprehensive yearly restoration is both proactive and preventative for the care of your floors. Normal wear and tear is expected, and unfortunately accidents do occur, that is why a yearly restorative maintenance program is imperative to increase the longevity of your floors.

Ultimately, it’s best to hire a professional that is certified and experienced in the care of your flooring. Your certified company will work with you to come up with a plan that best suits your needs.