We can all agree that the winter has been rough this year, even with a record-setting 13 inches of snow in some regions. When there is so much snow, it is more than likely going to get into our businesses, as well as mud, slush and, even worse, road salt. Without being treated properly, all of these troublesome by-products of snowfall can cause complications when trying to keep carpet, vinyl composite tile, ceramic tile and grout looking spic and span. Road salt found within the snow that gets tracked inside a building will decrease the life expectancy of flooring, carpeting and grout when ground into the material due to its corrosive nature. Because of this, it is crucial that you have your floors cleaned during and after the winter season.
Having carpeting in high traffic areas will require lots of maintenance work. Since road salt is so coarse, when it gets into the fibers of the carpet, it will cause damage and rapidly deteriorate the material. Depending on the type of carpeting you have, simple cleaning practices are not going to be enough to effectively deal with the job at hand. Scrubbing the carpet will not only fail to rid the carpet of the salt, but it actually grinds the salt deeper into the fibers and you may end up spreading the salt into a larger area. To give your carpet the deep clean that is required, it is best to have it professionally steam cleaned.
Regardless of how durable vinyl composite tile can be, it is still no match for the salt that will be tracked in from the street. Leaving salt untreated or not cleaned properly will not only eat away at its protective coating but it will also leave the surface looking dingy or faded. Bits of salt that are caught in the treads of shoes will also leave scratches on an unprotected vinyl floor. The best technique to efficiently clean and protect the composition of vinyl tile is to have the floor stripped and re-waxed.
Ceramic flooring and grout have similar needs when it comes to the urgency of getting rid of salt. Floor mats may sound like a good idea, but when the snow melts, the salt water will puddle under and around the mat, which leads to unsightly staining. If it gets into the grout, it can gradually cause erosion. Using a regular mop may spread the salt and force the salt water further along the grout, which is why it is important to have ceramic tile and grout machine scrubbed.
Using the correct type of cleaner for each job is very important. Many people use multi-purpose cleaners since they are much more convenient, but what may work well for tile may not work as well for carpets, and a cleaning product that works with grout could severely damage carpet fibers. If you are unsure of the type of cleaning product you should use, always make sure to read the label.
With the high maintenance that is required during the winter months for commercial businesses due to high traffic, it may be a good idea to contact a cleaning company that knows how to clean the salt-residue out of the flooring properly. Anago Philadelphia will provide a professional cleaning service to help meet your budget while also extending the life and attractiveness of your business.