Make the Most of Your Hardwood Floors
Maintaining commercial hardwood floors can be a challenge, especially when many people are working under one roof. From heavy foot traffic to moving furniture, even the toughest floors take a beating. In spite of the challenge, there are some things you can do to maintain the floors in a commercial setting. These Stanley Steemer hardwood floor care tips are guaranteed to help.
- Use Stanley Steemer indoor and outdoor floor mats at doorways and other entryways. Clean the mats daily to maximize their effectiveness.
- Refrain from sliding heavy items across the floor, such as display racks and large pieces of furniture.
- Install protective felt pads on the feet of furniture and other items that come in contact with your floor’s finish.
- Avoid sand, dirt or grit buildup, which can act like sandpaper and scratch the finish.
- Vacuum and dust mop your floors daily. Ask your cleaning crew to avoid using any chemicals on the floor, and be sure they replace the dust mop regularly.
- Remove spills or any excess moisture as soon as possible.
- Refrain from using a wet mop on the floor as excessive water can cause a wood floor to swell and cup.
- Avoid using wax, oil soap or other industrial cleaners on your wood floors. These products can adversely affect the appearance of the finish and make future refinishing difficult.
- Use area rugs on high-traffic areas whenever possible. Avoid rubber-backed and non-ventilated rugs, opting instead for rugs that allow the floor to breathe.
- Maintain a consistent humidity level as excessive swings in humidity levels will cause hardwood floors to swell, shrink, cup or crack, as well as increase gaps between boards. If inconsistency is a problem, use a humidifier and/or dehumidifier.
With a few, simple tips and continued communication with the people who clean your floors, it’s possible to extend the life of your hardwood floors for years to come. Stanley Steemer wood floor care includes the tips you need to get the job done.