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There are various methods for deep cleaning carpets; first dealing with spots of staining or patches suffering heaviest dirt ingress, then focusing on zones of highest traffic and finally treating the remaining lower used areas. A range of processes are typically used on any carpet cleaning project – each one chosen to be most appropriate to the exact situation, type of carpet and usage of the floor.

Considering the impact In lean times any kind of spend is scrutinised so it’s worth considering the ‘why’ of flooring restoration and there are two major factors to review:

The first consideration is the impression that flooring makes. No-one particularly notices a clean floor, but every visitor will notice a dirty or damaged one. This impacts the image of the organisation, as the state of the floor may be used by the visitor as a clue by which to speculate about other aspects of the environment. If a floor is dirty, is the place generally dirty? Is hygiene a low priority? Are standards of performance generally low? Is this the kind of place you want to visit, to work at or to do business in?

The second factor is the lifetime of the flooring. Having established how expensive it can be to replace flooring, it seems logical to keep it performing for as long as possible. Only a professional maintenance programme can assure that return on

investment will be maximised and the floor kept visually and functionally fit. This is a best value approach – you wouldn’t buy a quality fleet of cars and then fail to service them or valet them and floor-care is conceptually no different. If you spend money on something, you sensibly want it to work hard for you for as long as possible.

An additional point to be aware of, is that if floors are allowed to become damaged or to deteriorate, the longer they are left untended the more expensive any restoration will become. A stitch in time really can save nine.

The professional approach Once a floor is laid (or refurbished) it is essential to put in place a planned maintenance programme. This isn’t the day-to-day cleaning, but intervention at routine intervals that will support the cleaning programme. For an average spend of just three per cent of the replacement value you can fund a maintenance programme that will extend the life of the floor, to keep it looking and performing well for longer.

When a floor looks superb, it can be kept in great shape with straightforward programmes of maintenance:

For stone floors this could include a quarterly repolish and annual reseal, with routine cleaning by broom or vacuum, followed by mopping.

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Wood floors benefit from a bi-annual screen and reseal and then retain their attractive appearance with daily vacuum and flat mopping.

Carpets can be maintained with a quarterly deep clean for high traffic areas and walkways, with an annual clean for all areas. Daily cleaning can support this regime with spot cleaning and using a twin motor upright vacuum.

The bottom line Floors work hard and take impact every day but they can’t be ignored or overlooked. Investment in a sensible maintenance programme will pay for itself time and time again – helping the floor to work harder for longer and deliver the best ROI possible. It’s an argument that stacks up financially, environmentally and aesthetically.

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