How To Maintain And Keep Your Flooring Clean All Year Round
Keeping your floors clean and shiny looks good, but the biggest reason why you should keep your floors maintained is for safety. Not only does a clean floor look good, but it improves the safety of people entering and exiting the building.
Let’s look at ways to clean and maintain different types of floors:
Marble floors are tough and heavy-duty but do require cleaning and maintenance with the right equipment and cleaning products.
The biggest enemies of all types of floors are dust and dirt.
A question that’s commonly asked, is how often should a marble floor be cleaned?
Depending on how many people enter and exit the building, it’s good to keep the floor clean daily to have people coming back, but in general, a marble floor should be dust-mopped properly at least twice a week.
When it comes to what products to use on marble flooring, be careful not to choose products that are rich in acidic substances. Most chemicals react to marble flooring in a negative way that leads to permanent discoloration. Also, stay away from harsh cleaners that are rich in ammonia and bleach as this will ruin the finish of the marble. People often use waxing products that leave a shine, but in the end, it turns out to be overly slippery and can lead to tripping hazards.
What materials you’ll need to take care of your marble flooring and how to clean it.
The best chemicals to clean and maintain marble floors are stone soap formulated for marble. The product label will have the correct mixing ratio for mixing with water (warm water works best).
In a bucket, mix the solution of warm water with the cleaning detergent, and fill a second bucket with clean water (this will be used for rinsing).
Use a soft microfiber mop and dip it into the cleaning mixture, be sure to squeeze it out well as the floor does not need to be sopping wet. As you proceed to mop, do it in small areas at a time and rinse the mop frequently to remove the dirt. Once completed, use the well-wrung mop and dip it into the clean water to rinse the floor from any soap residue left behind. This is very important to keep the floor from looking dull.
Repeat this process at least twice a week to keep your marble floor well maintained. Deep cleaning can be done at least once a month. Deep cleaning refers to polishing after the cleaning process.
Polyurethane Resin Floor Coating
This type of flooring does not need a lot of maintenance, water in a bucket and a mop is mainly all that you require to keep your floor looking great while improving its lifespan. The great about polyurethane flooring is that liquids do not penetrate through it.
Polyurethane floors will remain beautiful for a long time when cleaned at least once a week. Dirt and dust can be wiped off easily with just a mop and a bucket of water. Cleaning agents such as chlorine and ammonia are not necessary as this will only shorten the lifespan of the flooring. While there are cleaning agents that can be used, it’s recommended that this be done only once a month as a ‘deep-cleaning’ process.
Stone Quartz Flooring
Stone quartz floors are commonly the first choice for home and warehouse business owners as it’s probably the easiest and cheapest to maintain while giving them a beautiful shiny look and finish.
The same process as with the marble flooring, specified soap, and a bucket of water will do the trick. Quartz floors can be very slippery when wet, so be sure to wipe the floor down properly.
For deep cleaning, glass cleaner will work wonders for the floor. This step can be done occasionally. As with all the above-mentioned floors, bleach and ammonia are a no-go.
While stone quartz flooring is very hard and durable, it can still be damaged when dropping heavy objects on it. Avoid dropping objects on it with excessive force as it will leave cracks in it.
Terrazzo floors should be cleaned at least once a week, depending on the traffic going in and out of the building. A damp mop with water will work wonders on the floor when it comes to cleaning it, but if you want the floors to really have an everlasting shine, buffing it after mopping it down will have your floor maintaining its beautiful shine.
When your flooring contractor installs your terrazzo, it’s a good idea to ask them for recommendations on what cleaning agents to use to keep the floor in great condition.
Pro Tip: dust mop your floors daily to prevent grit from acting as an abrasive on your flooring.
Epoxy Resin Floors
As we all know, epoxy resin flooring is one of the toughest flooring solutions around. It is very durable and that’s why it is mainly used in high-traffic hallways, garages, and warehouses… areas where heavy machinery and large tools are being used and moved around.
Epoxy resin flooring does not need regular maintenance to keep it in great condition, but it does require some care to improve its lifespan and, of cause, see your return on investment.
Regular maintenance of epoxy floors includes keeping them dirt and grit free, especially if you are moving heavy machinery around as dirt and grit will leave scratch marks on your floor. If you have an epoxy floor in a high-traffic area, it’s always a good idea to remove all dirt and sand before the workflow comes storming in.
Epoxy floors don’t need strong cleaning agents, warm water and a microfiber mop will work wonders. Only apply soap to areas where there’s hard to remove dirt stains. If your auto shop has epoxy floors, to keep it well-maintained, wipe oil spills immediately.
Polished Concrete Flooring
Polished concrete is probably the most durable and cost-effective flooring option on the market today. You see it everywhere, from retail stores to schools. Although it’s extremely durable, it does still need to be maintained.
Polished concrete flooring isn’t exactly maintenance-free but it’s easier to care for compared to other types of flooring as it does not require waxing.
Daily dust mopping to remove dirt is what’s mainly required, for better results, use a polished concrete cleaner agent. When using an agent, give it enough time to break down the dirt on the floor before wiping, or wet mopping it off, but be careful not to let the cleaning agent dry completely on the floor before wiping it down.