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Step by step floorcare
Every building has a floor so it stands to reason including linseed oil. Polish can build up chemicals that are even mildly acidic as this will
that floorcare should be one of the most quickly if cleaning is not done properly while dissolve the stone over time. There are plenty of
important parts of any cleaning regime. First,
harsh stripping can make the surface porous products with neutral or slightly alkaline
floors are expensive to install and investment
which can lead to stains becoming permanent formulations that avoid this potential problem.
can be protected with proper care. Second, the
and causing damage. Porous floors must be
Wood flooring remains popular but its
floor makes a statement to visitors, guests or
sealed otherwise the polish will not adhere and
commercial use is often limited to specialist
employees. Independent studies conducted for
this can lead to an unsightly patchiness.
or legacy applications. Day to day cleaning
JohnsonDiversey showed that cleanliness is
can be achieved using a combination of
rated higher than many other factors by people
Vinyl sheets and tiles are synthetic materials
vacuum cleaners, polishers, burnishers and
using restaurants and other buildings. Third,
and more resistant to chemical or mechanical
scrubber driers using the right pads. The type
clean floors are better for health and safety
damage than lino without being porous. They
of chemical used will depend on the finish. In
because dirty, greasy or wet floors can cause
are perhaps simpler and easier to maintain
most cases the floor will be have been sealed
slips or trips that remain the biggest causes of
than linoleum but in general a similar care
before a coat of wax or emulsion finish or
industrial injury.
regime is suited to both.
varnish is applied. This means any
With the right tools and products it is very For both types of floor a three stage regime is
refurbishment must include a complete strip of
easy to keep any floor in great condition. It ideal. A stripper is used with a mop & bucket
the finish and sealant before new products can
pays to get the basics right. For all floors an or rotary machine to remove existing layers of
be applied.
absolute minimum is to have an effective daily
polish. A new layer of polish is then applied
For most carpets a simple three stage
cleaning regime based around dust control,
using a clean mop or special applicator with a
approach is suitable. First, regular vacuum
damp mopping, spray maintenance, and mop
range of floor finish formulations available to
cleaning will remove the general dirt and
and shine.
give a high, medium or low gloss finish. For
debris. An effective spot and stain remover is
Linoleum is often used in hospitals and
general and daily mop or spray cleaning, the
ideal for common water and oil based marks
schools for its durability and noise-absorbing
appropriate maintainer removes a wide range
which probably form the majority of
properties. It can be sensitive to harsh of soiling, buffs to a high shine, repairs the
emergencies. Second, intermediate cleaning
chemicals because of its natural ingredients floor finish and restores the initial gloss.
every two or three months will revitalise the
Ultra microfibre systems such as
carpet. This is best achieved by using the
Jonmaster are increasingly popular
latest dry foam cleaners which are designed
for cleaning many types of floor.
for ease of use while being fast, safe and cost
The cloths, mops and pads in these
effective. Third, periodic deep cleaning with a
systems can be used without
carpet extraction machine will extract the most
chemicals which means they promote
stubborn stains and odours. This cleans the
carpet down to the base and helps to restore
sustainability, are simpler to use and
its appearance.
are safer in busy or built up spaces.
Natural stone floors look pretty but
many are based on materials such as
limestone. Even if these are sealed
properly it is important not to use
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